I’ve met moms who live somewhere on the spectrum from absolute beginners to seasoned yogis and most of them have one thing in common: the struggle to find time to practice during in between the busy moments of motherhood.
I’m one of those moms! I am not at all writing from a perspective of having achieved a perfect yoga practice, but from a place of living each day moment by moment, figuring it out. Just like you. After my daughter was born, I kept waiting for enough time to practice the way I used to before she was born. Then I realized that my practice would never be the same. I myself would never be the same, and that is why I want to share my journey with you: as moms, we are ever finding a way to embody a new ‘normal.’
So please, allow me to inspire you to maintain your yoga practice in a way that works for you. If you struggle to find time to get yourself to a class on a regular basis, then join me on a quest to live the adage that something is better than nothing. Five to fifteen minutes a day might not take you take away all your tension and stress, but it does make a difference for the better, and the point is that you do it and that you do it for you. Even for those of you that make it to yoga class regularly, know that Yoga Mama is not here to replace a face-to-face class; instead, it is a special place for that crossroads between yoga and motherhood. How often do the challenges of mothering get mentioned in a typical yoga class? There are things that only moms know and understand, and this is the place to view it through the lens of yoga philosophy and practice.
Moms need other moms for community, and most of all, they need to mother themselves to maintain the energy and inspiration to be great mothers. Let’s practice together, one day at a time, one breath at a time.