Updated: Mar 30
"I spend much of my time running around like a mad-woman trying to keep our household under control, however I also bring the mindfulness of connection throughout my day multiple times. I can listen to my mind and tune into my intuition sensing when I need to stop and connect to myself, to bring myself back into balance."
Laura Kennedy, Yoga Instructor (www.yogiwellnessmumma.com)
When our children are newborns, we may not pay particularly close attention to the things we say and do, as they are just little blobs who can’t copy us… yet. However soon enough they reach the age where it becomes clear exactly how much they are picking up from our every move. You don't need to be an expert in children and their behaviours to understand how much they are influenced by what is going on around them.
When my daughter was a little more blob-like I practiced Yoga with her as she rolled around on the floor. I didn't really think all that much of it, except that it felt good to do something for me while also entertaining her with the shapes I was making with my body. These days she is a spirited and energetic toddler with a short attention span, so I tend to only practice while she is asleep or being entertained by someone else. However the interesting part about this little story is, whenever she sees a picture of person sitting in a meditation like position or doing some kind of Yoga looking posture, she says ‘that’s Mummy’.
So, it is interesting to realise that even in those early months and years how much our children pick up from our behaviours and habits, as they get older they only pay more and more attention (even if they pretend they are not). So, we may choose to ask ourselves, what kinds of behaviours and habits would we like to model for our kids? What kinds of behaviours and habits would most benefit us as individuals existing within and alongside our family?
Contrary to the popular belief, Yoga is not about being flexible or doing headstands. Yoga isn't just a form of exercise or a relaxing stretching class. It can be some of those things or none of those things, they are just by-products of the true practice of Yoga. As a Yoga teacher, I could not care less if you can touch your toes or you can barely get close, all I care about is guiding and supporting you into a place where you can experience connection with yourself. Your mind, body and breath all work together, one affects the other and learning to tune into them is all that Yoga is about.
Many of us live our lives completely disconnected from our bodies and the present moment. We love to multi-task doing things like watching TV while we eat, talking on the phone while we drive, listening to our problems in our head while we walk. Now let me tell you I do all of those things, I spend much of my time running around like a mad-woman trying to keep our household under control, however I also bring the mindfulness of connection throughout my day multiple times. I can listen to my mind and tune into my intuition sensing when I need to stop and connect to myself, to bring myself back into balance. It is from this place of balance