I've been teaching and practicing yoga since 1999. I just laughed out loud and then again because I wanted to write lol. The world has changed considerably in those years, and I look back at the early days with great nostalgia.
I have, well, I had, a wonderful daily yoga practice. Some days, my practice was a nice, heated Vinyasa class, and other days it was a home practice of the Magic 10 and meditation (love Deepak). Then I became pregnant with my first baby and nothing has been quite the same with my yoga practice. With my first pregnancy, I experienced terrible muscle pain from my hips to my mid back that limited my movement. The most beautiful pregnant ladies, literally ALL, surrounded me upside down in handstands, and I could barely lift a leg.
And that was ok... One of the greatest lessons I have learned from the practice was to be happy for those who are happy and sad for those who are sad (Yoga Sutra 1.33). I just want you to know that not all who practice can when they are growing life: so be kind to yourself if you are blessed with a body that will only eat white bread, crave cheddar cheese and walk very slowly... I mean very slow walks. My second pregnancy wasn't much better. Sure, I didn't have the body pain, but I had the germ factory of a toddler at home and my poor, depleted immune system that couldn't fight a darn thing.
So two kids in four years... I'm now a SAHM. That means, "I do very little yoga." When I do take out my yoga mat now at home, everyone wants to sit on it or chew on it. Sweat has been replaced by drool, and I have a hard time finding that funny. And yet, I know that I am setting the example. The example, that, every time I get out the mat, regardless of how much yoga I actually accomplish, I am guiding them towards a path of awareness and wellness. I know that all the years of the solid, uninterrupted physical practice prepared me for my greatest challenge yet; the journey of parenthood.
And this is what Suzanne and I hope to share with you through this blog. What it means to be a yogi and a parent. How we take the daily challenges of life and apply yoga, however ungraceful as that might be some days. So here we go. Welcome to our journey.