Being a Yoga Mama

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Things around my house have been a little stressful lately. The dynamic twin duo seem to be going through a fiercely independent but still needy, sassy stage. They’re 3 1/2 and full of the ‘tude (does anyone say that anymore?). I find my patience being tested daily. My role of a parent being put to the test hourly. There are days when I feel like all I do is yell, scold and referee. I don’t want to be this type of mama.

Yoga has taught me so much about myself – how to be patient, how to be present on the mat and off. Applying the lessons to parenting and to my kids just makes sense in being a yoga mama.

  1. Respect – There’s no doubt we are not always going to see eye to eye on everything. But if I want my kids to respect me and my decisions, I must show them the same courtesy that I expect from them. I’m going to try to see things from their point of view more often.
  2. Include the kids in my practice – My kids know I love yoga and I like to include them in the love. I’ll pull out my yoga mat and they bring out their own (i.e. blankets). I definitely don’t get a perfectly zen practice with my kids around but we laugh, improvise and just play. I can’t wait for the summer when Yoga in the Park starts back up. I think they’ll finally be at an age that they’ll enjoy it and more importantly, it won’t interfere with nap time.
  3. Be Patient – This has always been the hardest for me and one that I will always need to work on. I need to remember that they are young and finding their place in the world. My words can do a lot of damage. Stop, breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe. Then speak.
  4. Get Outside –ย  It can be a pain in the butt to get outside with two toddlers, especially during the winter. But the fresh air can do wonders for the soul and attitude. One of my neighbors always remarks on how much my kids love being outside no matter the season or weather. I’m happy that they love it. I also think it’s kind of sad that someone thinks it’s different that they do. Isn’t that part of being a kid? I hope their love of fresh air stays with them for a lifetime.
  5. Listen – My kids have a lot to say. Kids in general are full of wisdom it’s just that adults tend to shut them up. Big souls and hearts in little bodies. When they talk, I need to listen with both ears and eyes. Put down the phone, step away from the computer. I want them to be able to talk to me now and forever. I owe them the respect of listening. And in turn, this will teach them to listen to others.

Yoga and parenting are a practice. There is no perfect pose or perfect parenting style. It’s what you bring to the practice. In yoga, when a pose becomes too much, I get frustrated or lose my focus, I return to my mat in child’s pose. As a yoga mama, I need to do the same.

Open your mind. Open your heart. Breathe. Be present. Repeat.

The divine light in me honors the divine light in you.

Have a marvelous day!

44 comments on “Being a Yoga Mama

  1. I can completely relate to this and it only proves how much I need yoga back in my life! I struggle with everything on the list but especially listening and being patient. I’m always reminding myself to breathe but kids are constantly testing!! I completely agree with the outdoor time. It was freezing here yesterday but I bundled them up and watched them play in the giant snow piles in our driveway for about an hour! I may or may not have been standing in the garage for extra warmth ๐Ÿ™‚
    Keep breathing mama!
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  2. Angela – this is a beautiful and compelling post. All of it so true. My kids have A LOT to say. All wonderful and worldly things but sometimes I just need the chatter to stop. I have a hard time staying present with all the chatter. Will work on that ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. Awww I love this! I needed this! I have not been to yoga in 10 days, and I feel so frustrated about that. I am not a quitter!!!! I am just a bit overwhelmed right now, and my training is at its peak, meaning that I am physically exhausted too with all my runs building up on one another. I know that is exactly the reason to go to yoga, and I know it will help me stretch to perform even better, but I can only go on days where I have either run 18 miles or 7 miles of hard running workouts beforehand. I feel too tired, and my muscles are just exhausted!

    Any advice oh wise one? ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. The snow days, cold and sickness running rampant everywhere, I think everyone’s stress levels are elevated. Let’s all take a moment to breathe together, yes? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You never cease to amaze me. I hope your children realize how lucky they are to have a mom like you and of course, their dad is awesome also!

  5. Great post! I have 3 year old twins and whenever I leave the house, my kids are convinced “mommy’s going to yoga.” My almost daily practice has given me more patience with the kiddos and the deep breathing techniques have helped me in tense situations. 3 year olds can definitely be a handful!

  6. Love this and it’s so true. I’ve learned so much from yoga about parenting (and life). I need to be better about applying my yoga lessons to my parenting especially to keep breathing! And the sass, oh the sass. We have our fair share of that here too!
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  7. Love that you include them in yoga!!
    I have to say, 3 was by far the hardest age with my youngest son – especially the 2nd half. We struggled every single day!!! However, after a couple of really rough days, about the time he turned 4 things improved dramatically!!
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  8. This is such a fantastic post and full of lessons for all of us. I love that you include your kids in yoga. And the whole outdoors thing–YES! Even when it’s bitter, I make sure mine get out there each and every day. Even the sulky teen!
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