Coco – Only Six Months Old, And Already A Dedicated Yogi

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Coco Saldana (last name?) comes to our Yoga Hour almost every weekday. We all wish we had as great a practice as she did, so we sat down with her to find out just how she does it.

 

Coco, you have a very busy schedule of sleeping and drinking milk and yet, you come to yoga a lot. You’re here almost every day! How do you keep yourself motivated, Coco?

I wouldn’t really say I am motivated. I mean, all of a sudden I just find myself in my car seat and suddenly, whoa, there I am, doing yoga with all these people. Sometimes when class starts, I think, oh no, not again. But I always feel really good when we’re lying down in shivasana. Shivasana makes it all worth it for me.
Who is your favorite teacher?
I like Graham a lot, he has really interesting words of the day. Seren has a very cute voice – it is almost as cute as I am. I like Amanda, but the other day she had us do this thing where we had to put all our weight on our hands, and it was hard, and I was like, “Why are all these people doing this really hard thing when they could just be sleeping and drinking milk all the time?” So I just started crying and my mom carried me out and fed me, which was what I was hoping would happen. I like Nancy, she wears very colorful outfits and that is exciting to me. And Kristen’s music is my favorite. It’s very soothing and melodic.
Do you have a favorite pose?
I like the beginning, because everyone is chanting om, and it kind of sounds like being in the womb, which is great.  Afterward, if I look sleepy my mom puts me in my basket, and I just watch her do downward dog until she gets really blurry and I fall asleep. I like the standing sequences, because at that point, I am generally asleep.  Sometimes I wake up while everyone is in upward facing bow, but then, I just pretend to be asleep again so I don’t have to do it.
Is there any advice you’d give for someone starting a yoga practice.
Don’t worry if you think it’s going to be too hard, because if you don’t like something, you can just cry and then your mom will hug you and rock you back to sleep, and if you don’t fall asleep, she will take you out into the lobby and feed you.
You have a very busy schedule of sleeping and drinking milk and yet, you come to yoga a lot. You’re here almost every day! How do you keep yourself motivated, Coco?

I wouldn’t really say I am motivated. I mean, all of a sudden I just find myself in my car seat and suddenly, whoa, there I am, doing yoga with all these people. Sometimes when class starts, I think, oh no, not again. But I always feel really good when we’re lying down in shivasana. Shivasana makes it all worth it for me.
Who is your favorite teacher?
I like Graham a lot, he has really interesting words of the day. Seren has a very cute voice – it is almost as cute as I am. I like Amanda, but the other day she had us do this thing where we had to put all our weight on our hands, and it was hard, and I was like, “Why are all these people doing this really hard thing when they could just be sleeping and drinking milk all the time?” So I just started crying and my mom carried me out and fed me, which was what I was hoping would happen. I like Nancy, she wears very colorful outfits and that is exciting to me. And Kristen’s music is my favorite. It’s very soothing and melodic.
Do you have a favorite pose?
I like the beginning, because everyone is chanting om, and it kind of sounds like being in the womb, which is great.  Afterward, if I look sleepy my mom puts me in my basket, and I just watch her do downward dog until she gets really blurry and I fall asleep. I like the standing sequences, because at that point, I am generally asleep.  Sometimes I wake up while everyone is in upward facing bow, but then, I just pretend to be asleep again so I don’t have to do it.
Is there any advice you’d give for someone starting a yoga practice?
Don’t worry if you think it’s going to be too hard, because if you don’t like something, you can just cry and then your mom will hug you and rock you back to sleep, and if you don’t fall asleep, she will take you out into the lobby and feed you.