Yoga For Mothers

Yoga For Mothers

I am not a​ Yoga teacher. I’ve only attended about 3 Yoga classes although my gym offers Yoga classes. So,​ why am I writing about Yoga when I know nothing about it? I am curious – that’s my nature. And through the​ years,​ this curiosity has helped me develop a​ career as​ a​ freelance graphic designer and writer. And it​ is​ through a​ very weird type of​ Yoga (my own type,​ or​ whatever I thought was Yoga at​ that point in​ time) that helped me swim ashore when I was teetering between drowning in​ the​ sea of​ depression after giving birth to​ my sons.

Both times,​ I was hit badly and constantly turned to​ the​ bottle for a​ solution. the​ bottle never will be a​ solution and yet,​ I hoped it​ would be.

Yoga and the​ soon-to-be-mother
There’s all this hype about Yoga that I didn’t fully understand before – what’s all this clamor about Yoga for pregnancy?? What’s the​ big deal? You have a​ big belly,​ retch half the​ time,​ have a​ sudden liking for pickle and have to​ wear your husband’s clothing….you need Yoga to​ help you deal with all that?

But of​ course,​ I only began the​ understand the​ benefits of​ Yoga as​ a​ mother when I started going for the​ classes,​ read about them in​ books,​ magazines and websites. This amazing method can help mothers regain their physical strength and sends them into a​ journey of​ self-discovery and improvement. Instead of​ helping you deal with others,​ in​ Yoga,​ everything starts from within. Therefore,​ to​ solve a​ problem,​ you have to​ go inside.

And inside a​ mother,​ it’s always a​ battle zone…and it’s tumultuous half the​ time. Pizza or​ no pizza? Sex or​ no sex tonight? What kind of​ mother will I be? Will I sprain my own child’s fingers when I try to​ put his/her clothes on? With the​ kind of​ bizarre thinking (and hormones) going on​ inside our mind and our body,​ mothers often have a​ difficulty finding peace. Your doctor will tell you time and time again that although nutrition is​ important,​ finding peace,​ quiet and calm in​ yourself and in​ your life is​ just important for an​ expectant mother.

Yoga for the​ regular mother
Considering the​ fact that Yoga can help bring calm into calamity,​ it’s obviously a​ good choice for you to​ try out Yoga if​ you’re thinking of​ starting an​ exercise program. Better yet,​ join a​ gym…which is​ what I did. I used to​ scoff at​ people who join gyms and judging from the​ loud dance music,​ I remember thinking to​ myself… “Yikes…gym is​ just a​ sorry excuse for a​ disco. Instead of​ serving peanuts,​ they serve fruit mixes. Instead of​ alcohol,​ they serve bottled water. But everyone’s trying to​ get into a​ social thing in​ the​ gym. It’s a​ social club!”

And as​ a​ mother,​ I don’t have the​ time to​ join a​ social club.

But I was wrong. as​ soon as​ I gave the​ 10-day free classes trial,​ I was hooked. No makeup,​ no dressup (oh,​ the​ younger gym-goers still dress up to​ the​ nines and apply mascara for gym) and no pretense. I go to​ the​ gym and attend the​ Yoga class to​ sweat – to​ end up looking ugly but feeling damn good!

Mothers can open up their minds and free up their hearts after Yoga
Yoga has this tranquilizing effect on​ people that can hardly be explained with words. it​ has to​ be felt. It’s like you’re striking those poses,​ stretching those muscles and bending over backwards…and all this while,​ your mind is​ opening up and all impure thoughts are just flying out of​ it.

Yoga can be like ‘taking out the​ trash’.

And this can be good for the​ whole family,​ especially the​ kids,​ as​ well. After a​ session of​ uninterrupted Yoga,​ you’ll feel renewed. Even a​ grumpy,​ sleeping,​ tired and beaten-out mother will have more energy to​ spend time with the​ kids. Instead of​ feeling disgruntled and trapped,​ a​ mother can use Yoga to​ actually find an​ opening,​ a​ release that helps relax,​ not only the​ body,​ but the​ mind as​ well.

I don’t know about you…but I am going for more classes because I have seen the​ benefits. Yoga can do a​ whole lot for the​ ordinary non-married kidless people….imagine what it​ can do for a​ mother.

Yoga For Mothers

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