Keeping Peace in the Home with Family Yoga

Family Yoga
By Rachel Besserman and Damon Arthur Blanchette (HF Guest Bloggers)

Family yoga practice evolved in our family out of a need first for partner yoga, and a practice of intentional touch and connection. We started with the book Partner Yoga by Cain Carroll and Lori Kimata N.D. as our entry guide, and then improvised from there. Eventually our four year old son Emmet wanted to join in too because he sees how much it helps keep the peace in the house, in our lives.

We start as partners and Emmet will say, ‘me too, me too!’ and join in. We touch palms and slowly move (like the mirror-movement exercise), bringing our hands up and down slowly with our breaths. Progressing from finger pads and back to palm-hand connection, we follow a sun salutation pattern where we move up and down like waves, and eventually to the child’s pose with our heads touching at the crown.

When we slowly return to sitting and eye contact there is most surely a relaxed smile on our lips. Our breath is slowed and calm, and we breathe the heart breath (H-E-A-R-T) in and out . . . and release. Altogether these tools add up to a healthier happier life with kinder interactions and more loving presence.

A more advanced practice we are exploring these days, and pictured here, is forming the partner table pose and balancing Emmet on top. We find this practice highlights the necessity of a strong and stable partnership for a balanced family structure that can support an enduring partner bond and successful child-rearing.


Rachel Besserman and Damon Arthur Blanchette live in Northampton, MA with their son and are partners in Emmet’s Essentials, an organic body care line.  Rachel is a graduate student in Education at Smith College, a certified yoga instructor, a trained Stillpoint Massage Therapist, and serves as Hebrew language tutor and classroom educator, innovating movement and technology ( in Hebrew language instruction.   Damon is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute,  currently  on staff at Smith College programming websites and databases in the Educational Technology Services department, and is a freelance graphics and web designer.


  1. April 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    What a lovely, creative way of practicing spiritual partnership in daily life! As always, the Emmet’s Essentials family provides a successful model for blending the sacred and the practical.


  2. Larry said,

    April 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    what a neat idea! hope it spreads around the globe and brings people closer!!

  3. April 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Thank you Hilltown Families, for creating community in this forum.
    We love you!

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