Well folks we just got back from Bangkok! A successful trip where we thankfully were able to renew my passport! Woohoo! Forgive my absence as things have been hectic around here. Today I have Bettina from Little Old Souls guest posting, I think you will LOVE this as well as Bettina!
Hello! I'm Bettina and I blog over at Little Old Souls about balancing motherhood and a creative soul. I write mainly about yoga, sewing, healthy recipes and parenting. Elizabeth has very kindly opened up her blog today for me to share with you how yoga can help us all find a little more peace as Mama's.
The practice of yoga teaches us patience, which we all know is a number 1 skill to have as a Mama. Whether we are working on a challenging pose that our body is not ready for yet, or sitting in mediation when our mind is wandering, we learn the skill of waiting and more importantly of enjoying the process. This is so important off the mat when we are teaching our littles rather than doing everything for them, when they are still not sleeping through the night and when the tantrums hit. Not only does yoga let us practice being patient, but it also gives us the tools to be patient. Pranayama (the breathing work of yoga) shows us techniques to use when we can feel our frustration and stress rising. I can guarantee you there have been many times I have had to call on this practice when I've been ready to snap on the inside.
Yoga poses often look so challenging at first that we think we will never be able to do them ourselves. But when we are practicing regularly, we make almost unnoticeable improvements to our strength and flexibility and soon we find these poses are not as challenging as we first thought.
I'm sure we've all had those days as Mama's where it just all seems too much. When we can't imagine how we are going to get through another minute, let alone make it until bedtime. But our yoga practice teaches us that we just need to start small. We need to forget about the big picture and just worry about what we can do right now in this moment, the future will take care of itself. Before we know it, we are looking back on that stage and wondering what was so challenging after all.
If there is one thing that all Mama's need more of, it is time for them. Yoga is a practice that allows us to focus entirely on ourselves and in a season where the rest of our day is devoted to the needs of little people, the time we can make for yoga is precious. Even when you don't have the luxury of solo practice and you are being crawled over and under, we learn through yoga to bring our focus to the breath, giving our minds a rest from the constant 'chatter'.
ListenYoga encourages us to listen to our bodies and to nurture ourselves in a way that honours what we are feeling. As mother's our own needs are often put to the bottom of our 'to do' lists, when really we should be nurturing ourselves more so that we have the energy to give to our children. Yoga encourages us to rest when we need and to take a compassionate approach to ourselves and others. As mother's, this means not feeling guilty when we need a break, asking for help and being mindful and understanding of our children's feelings as well.
I could go on for ever about ways that yoga has helped me as a mother, but I'll leave that for another day. If you'd like to read more on yoga practices including asana sequences you can start here and here.
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