Canadas First Family of Yoga

Former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was captured many times practising yoga while he held Canadas highest office and it appears that he passed on his love of practise to the next generation. The Trudeaus appear to have embraced yoga as a family event and its no doubt due to the benefits it provides for the whole family. It's no secret Sophie Grégoire Trudeau loves yoga and is passing along her passion to her daughter. The yoga instructor, author and wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, shared a photo of herself practicing yoga with her daughter, Ella-Grace, on Facebook recently. She called the moment a "life lesson" for the seven-year-old.

  

The yogi praised her daughter, saying, "I'm so proud of Ella-Grace for learning how to show calm and grace in the midst of a demanding pose ... a life lesson!" Through yoga children learn how to focus and center themselves with various breathing and visualization techniques while also learning self-respect and respect for others. These are just a few of the reasons that we have a specific KIDS PROGRAM at Karma Lifestyle. The mom of three also got into a difficult yoga position during a Press Gallery dinner in June to poke fun after Justin Trudeaus viral yoga post.

The photo above, taken in 2013 by freelance photographer Gregory Kolz, shows the prime minister in the yoga pose Mayurasana. Also called the "peacock pose," it involves placing your entire weight on the wrists and hands while keeping your body straight and parallel to the floor. It requires a great deal of balance and physical strength to pull off this pose, and it "must only be attempted by advanced yoga students," according to the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. Mayurasana is one of the original Hatha Yoga practices and one of the first 15 poses ever to be written down and practised. 

Incorporating yoga into your family life, like the Trudeaus, makes for a healthy, happy and balanced home. Between work, school, meals, soccer practice, laundry, dance class, birthday parties and an endless list of other activities, family life can seem a little disconnected and integrating yoga is a fun and rewarding adventure of self-discovery for everyone.  Yoga is physically, mentally, and emotionally beneficial for all ages and will help you to form a stronger relationship with both your family and yogas healthful benefits. 

This is a family experience you won’t want to miss!


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