10 Things Every Mom Can Learn from Yoga

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I started practicing yoga this year. I've tried Hatha, Vinyasa, Flow, Hot — and it's safe to say that I'm in love.

It's worth the hustle of getting to class on time and getting over the mind-blocks of being a gym goer that are all my own. It's worth the sad eyes that make me melt and the whining that has the opposite effect that sometimes come with dropping my kids off at the gym day care. And it's even worth giving up an hour of early morning work time or all-three-kids-are-at-school magic time.

It's worth it, because it's where I find my quiet.

Every time I enter the darkened yoga studio. I lay out my mat on the hard wood floor. I close my eyes. I shut down my thoughts. And I breathe.

And it's this breathing that I'm grateful for. This world is noisy, my mind is noisy. But the breath and the movement and the quiet lilt of every yoga teacher I've ever met lays a blanket over all of that noise, and mutes it.

This world is noisy, my mind is noisy. But the breath and the movement and the quiet lilt of every yoga teacher I've ever met lays a blanket over all of that noise, and mutes it.

And with that not-so-subtle hush, comes a letting in of a stretch and a push and a trust in my body and my mind.

My yoga teachers narrate class, and each and every time I walk away with a phrase — or two — that I can't get out of my mind. I'll be at the end of a long line at the grocery store or in a frustrating moment with my kids or deciding whether to try something new or stay someplace safe and I hear their voices.

Here are some of my favorite yoga gems that shine on — and off — the mat.

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Mom take-away: Everyone you meet has something to teach you — be open, listen, and never dismiss.

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Mom take-away: Our culture of more is deceiving. Know your limits, and whenever possible, choose simplicity.

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Mom take-away: Every decision you make is easier, better, and more thoughtful when you take a moment to breathe. 

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Mom take-away: If you're always looking forward to what's next, you'll miss out on what's now. Also, let go — most of those worries don't matter.

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Mom take-away: In yoga every move is a choice, you never have to try anything. But one of my teachers always follows those soft words with a hard line — But if not now, then when? So the everyday take away is simple: Go for it. Now.

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Mom take-away: We're all a work in progress, and we're all doing our best. There's no need to judge each other, or ourselves.

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Mom take-away: Following your gut, your instincts, your heart is always a choice, and always a good one at that.

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Mom take-away: Self-assess honestly. You can do hard things, new things, things you never thought you could do. You can also choose not to do these things. But be honest with yourself about your own capabilities and bandwidth. Knowing yourself is a gift. An important add on to this one is Don't get too attached to that self-assessment. It's for this moment only, be open to feeling differently tomorrow. Or after nap time.

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Mom take-away: There's beauty in every moment — even the hard ones. Look for it and enjoy it.

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Mom take-away: Let go of negativity. Just do it. All you'll be left with is goodness and yourself. And that? Is enough.

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10 Things Every Mom Can Learn from Yoga

Galit Breen is the bestselling author of Kindness Wins, a simple guide to teaching your child to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online course Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. She believes you can get your child a phone and still create a grass-beneath-their-bare-feet childhood for them. Galit’s writing has been featured on The Huffington Post; The Washington Post; Buzzfeed; TIME; and more. She liv ... More

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5 comments

  1. mommy nhoj says:

    Sounds engaging. Any recommendation for a newbie? I cannot go out of the home because of the baby

  2. Andrea says:

    I love yoga! It’s my sanity. It has done wonders for my patience level, my nerves, my strength and flexibility, and my inner peace.

  3. Yoga is full of amazing stuff! I have been practicing on and off for 13 years. Love this, Galit and now I’m off to share the heck out of it.

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