Being a mom is a challenging task, and much more difficult than any of us had ever imagined . Once we become a mom, we begin searching how to be a better mom and seeking information that will help us become a better mom and it’s related titles: cook, maid, doctor, nurse, chauffeur, breadwinner.
Whether you are juggling baby bottles and diaper bags or driving your teen to band and soccer practice, it seems the days end without much time left for just yourself. Luckily, there is one simple thing you can do that will help you be a better mom and unlock the key to improved health and calmer days: yoga.
You may be saying, “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga” or “I don’t have time for yoga”, but in reality, if you have a body and can you can breathe, you can do yoga. Many believe yoga is just stretching, while some believe yoga is an hour of chants and burning incense. Yoga, in reality, is an outlet in which one can fine tune their mind, body, and spirit in any way the body needs.
Below are four author-tested reasons that demonstrate how yoga can help you become a better mom:
- Yoga focuses on self-love and acceptance. As a mom, your children are always looking up to you. We live in a day and age of social media comparisons where it is easy to think “I’m not good enough”. Yoga has a deep focus on loving yourself and accepting yourself for where you are in this present moment. Allowing that positivity to flow off of your mat and into your daily life will resonate with your child. You can show them how to love and accept themselves, as well.
- Yoga gives you “me time”. Spending some time throughout the week with just yourself and your mat provides clarity and peace of mind. In this state of mind, you do not have to worry about what to make for dinner or the soccer uniform you have to wash. Yoga gives you the space to clear your mind, relax, and just breathe.
- Yoga can be whatever you need it to be. Being a mom means being on the go all the time. The beauty of yoga is that it can be done wherever you are. Whether it be a full 60 minute class in a yoga studio, 10 minutes in your living room or the extra time you are alone in your bedroom,yoga can be practiced whenever and wherever is most convenient. There is no reliance on weather or road conditions or hiring a sitter; you can do yoga during your child’s naptime and both of you will embrace the rest of the day refreshed.
- Yoga can be bonding time for you and your children. As yoga becomes more and more popular in the West, there are child-based programs popping up all over the country geared toward children and teens. These programs are fun and tailored to each audience, making them enjoyable even for those stubborn children who would rather be inside watching TV. Yoga gives you and your child something to learn together, while promoting healthy living and with active engagement.
Yoga is not singular; it can be done in a variety of ways and places which allows convenience for busy moms and accommodating to all levels of flexibility and fitness. Because yoga can be done at home, you don’t have to worry about finding time in your busy day to meet crazy hours of a gym or studio. If you really need some solitary “me time” however, you can find many gyms and studios that offer yoga sessions several times a week to fit your needs.
Not sure where to start? There are many tutorials of basic yoga flows on YouTube. Best of all, they’re free, easy to follow and will help you on your road to be a better mom.
Happy downward dog-ing!
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