Yoga is a great mother-child activity
There has been plenty of debate in the news as of late as to whether or not yoga should be taught in schools because of its religious undertones. If you weren’t aware of the California lawsuit, all you need to know is that yoga won. Yoga was developed in India by people who practice a different religion than most Americans but the practice doesn’t have to be about Hinduism. Kids who practice yoga can focus with more ease, get better grades, are able to handle emotions in a balanced and healthy way, have more confidence and experience less anxiety and tension. Substitute the better grades benefit with “improves efficiency and productivity at work” and the yoga benefits for kids and adults are about the same. There is nothing more thoughtful than to practice yoga with your son or daughter and reap the physical, mental, and emotional benefits together. It provides a great learning opportunity to connect with your kids and talk about awareness, living in the present moment and even spirituality if you want to go there.
Yoga is a great way to get in more you-time
As much as you love your kids and your family, you absolutely must take time out of your day to love yourself too. Taking care of your self allows you to be better able to take care of your family. When you take care of yourself, you’ll avoid burnout, fatigue, anxiety and exhaustion and have more energy to make healthier decisions and spend more time with the ones you love. It sounds counterintuitive, but then most things that work in life are a paradox.
Taking time to practice yoga is a great way to start taking care of yourself. You’ll build confidence and self-esteem. You’ll feel better physically. You’ll experience less stress. You’ll clear your mind. You’ll have time to breathe. You’ll get to stretch out your aches and pains. You may even do a handstand and have some fun. Even if you just walk into a class or set up your mat in your bedroom and lie down in Corpse Pose for an hour, starting a yoga practice will quickly make you prioritize self-care more than you ever have before. This alone is worth the time and effort to get yourself on the mat.
If you’re in need of less stress, less weight, more patience, more tone, more flexibility or more time for yourself, you can find all of this at yoga. It really is the ultimate workout, as it involves the entire mind, body and soul. You get from it what you need most, and sometimes, you didn’t even realize what you needed. The practice is a gift – I think it’s time you get yourself a little present for working so hard to create the best life for your family.
Ashley Josephine Herzberger teaches women how to become healthier & wealthier in their busy lives. She integrates her experiences as a yoga instructor, online business owner, social media marketing specialist and Air Force partner to empower women to redefine and rediscover balance in their work and lives. Her first “live” online course, “Livin’ Like a Yogini,” teaches women self-care strategies, rituals and relaxation techniques to help them find more balance in their lives using yoga philosophy and holistic medicine as a foundation. Class starts September 17th. Enroll today !