For new moms, practising yoga is more about acquiring presence of mind rather than perfecting poses. Practise yoga at least once a week. It'll teach your kids the value of self care while keeping you composed in front of your loved ones. The struggle through each asana teaches you patience that will help retain your sanity and keep you grounded through all the chaos.
When I was pregnant, I was delusional about how my yoga practice would continue once I became a parent. I carefully planned out my work and childcare schedule to attend at least one yoga class a week and practise on my own the other days.
Before And After Childbirth
Before baby, I attended three classes a week with two home practices. Fast forward 4 years, I now have two kids. I attend one class a week and sit to meditate maybe twice a week for 5 minutes maximum. My one class a week has become my cornerstone for sanity. It is a time to escape my hectic life and nurture myself. At times I have felt guilty for allowing this class to be a priority.
However, I have grown to believe, if I take care of my needs, feeling restored, grounded, and present, I will have so much more to give back to those who need me. My children will greatly benefit from a mother who can demonstrate the importance of self care.
Yoga Is More Than Exercise
My yoga practice has also manifested beyond the physical asana into a practice of mindfulness and staying present. This has proven to be more challenging than most asanas. In all honesty, there are times when I am home with my two young kids, I become bored and a bit depressed. My first impulse is to grab my phone and scroll through emails, social networking sites, or troll the internet.
But I have made the conscious decision to sit with this discomfort. When these feelings emerge, I focus on my breath and come to my mantra “let go” or “this too shall pass”. These moments are not unlike finding my way through challenging asanas.
Your Yoga Evolves With You
I would never have predicted such a shift in my yoga practice. I had spent years honing my asana practice into something I was very skilled in and proud of. I was not ready to easily lay down my practice just because I birthed two babies.
The biggest lesson to emerge was, I did not have to give it up, I just had to allow for the transformation. My reasons for coming to the mat have changed and the experience feels more necessary for my internal balance. Yoga will forever be a part of my life. I am excited to see how my practice will continue to change as I keep venturing forward in life and parenthood.