How Yoga Can Help you on your Parenting Journey

Updated: Mar 30, 2021

"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’. 


Yoga can help you on you parenting journey

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 that I know I can be the best version of myself for my family. It is from this place I know I am not only more sensitive to my own feelings but also the feelings of others, because I am here, I am present.


“When we are not in our bodies, we are dissociated from our instincts, intuitions, feelings and insights and it becomes possible to dissociate ourselves from other peoples feelings” - Donna Farhi

The ability to easily sense when I need time to tune into myself has only come from regular Yoga practice, however we don't need a whole hour of Yoga every day or even every week to spend time connecting. Some days I do carve out the time to practice a Yoga class, some days I just stop and breathe for a few minutes and some days I go outside to feel the sun on my skin and grass beneath my toes. All of those things bring me back to the place of connection and peace within myself and you can do this too, if you choose. 


There really are so many ways in which Yoga can help us on our parenting and personal journeys, not only to be good role models for our children but to live a more fulfilling wholesome life too.

I could keep going all day however I will wrap it up for now. I am looking forward to sharing with you the many in-depth elements of Yoga and how it can positively help ourselves and families. 


If reading this has sparked any interest in practicing Yoga, I welcome you to join my free group where you can access a range of Yoga classes for free to practice in your own home. 


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Laura Kennedy

RYT 200 + Prenatal

Yoga Alliance Certified


As a mum to a lively toddler, Laura understands the journey parents go through and has found Yoga to be such a supportive tool in reminding us to connect in with who we really are and how we want to experience our lives.

Laura loves teaching both Vinyasa and Yin classes with the knowledge to support Pre & Postnatal women in both of these styles. She hopes to welcome you to a virtual class, or to a local class in Wynnum/Manly soon.

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