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The Unapologetic Confessions of a Yogi Mama

Yoga has been a part of my life, on and off for almost 20 years. The way I practice has changed a good bit in that time. At this point in my life, my practice is about where I can make time for myself and as a mum of two with her own coaching business that means I have to get a bit creative with how and when I practice. I felt kind of uncomfortable calling this article, the confessions of a yogi mamma. I am not really making a confession, I’m proud of my practice, so here is my open and honest account of what the practice of a busy mum looks like.

I almost never finish my 30 day challenges in 30 days.

I love a yoga challenge, I sign up for everyone I come across. I look forward to getting an email everyday with what is often a quick go-to flow in my inbox. In all honesty though, I have the same attention span as my five year old and I am off looking at the next shiny challenge while I am halfway through the last. I have made peace with my wandering attention and give myself permission to do the type of yoga that suits my mood and needs on that day. It is nice to know my yoga challenge is sitting waiting for me the next time I need some inspiration.

I have been known to practice yoga in jeans.

Like many people, there are days when I only have a spare half hour to myself. Some days I take that half hour as a chance to grab some peace and an uninterrupted cup of tea. On other days, I really want to squeeze in a quick yoga session, so I pick a quick flow without hip-openers or crazy leg work and take a few moments to practice in whatever it is that I am wearing at the time. It is not that I whole heartedly recommend doing yoga in jeans; I am aware that it’s not the most comfortable choice. For me, it is more important to show up on my mat and practice in a way that suits me and my lifestyle. A quick flow done in my jeans is better than no flow at all.

My practice is often interrupted.

I’m shamelessly blaming my kids for this one! Since I had my darling boy 8 years ago and then my gorgeous girl four years later, I have had to learn to be a little more flexible with my practice. When my son was first born, I remember not having more than 20 mins for anything. Although now, my brood are not babies they are still demanding (yet awesome) little creatures. My daughter is convinced my downward dog is her slide or my savasana is her time to jump on my stomach. My son on the other hand, uses up just enough of the battery on my tablet so that I am gambling on whether I can get through my practice without my tablet dying mid-way through.

When I am stressed, I don’t even bother trying to get any yoga done while the kids are around. I need that quiet uninterrupted practice, to be a happy mum. There are the other days though, when I just want to move my body in a way that feels good so a few rounds of cat/cow followed by a round of me being horsey is fine.

I am ok with my “imperfect” practice; I’m a proud bad yogi. I show up on my mat when I can and how I can. My yoga practice is a long term commitment, so I am not going to spend my time stressing about doing yoga differently. I practice yoga to make me feel good and keep me healthy inside and out. Yoga is not about beating yourself up and about feeling guilty about not doing things the way everyone else does. It is about going with the flow and what you learn while you are doing that.

Yogi parents, what are your secrets and confessions? Tell us in the comments!

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6 Comments

  1. Amanda Sides

    Amanda Sides

    February 28, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Good for you! The key is the commitment, whatever that ends up looking like. I don’t have kids, but when my dog was a puppy he was a champion yoga interrupter! He loved to be around me doing yoga, so he would go get his chew toy and plop down right in the middle of the mat. He still does that occasionally, but he’s a lot harder to work around now that he’s full grown. 🙂

    1. Lynne McLean Brown

      Lynne McLean Brown

      March 6, 2017 at 1:45 am

      That is very true, commitment is key. I have seen a few hilarious videos of pets interrupting yoga practice so I can see the parallels

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    Jocelyn

    March 1, 2017 at 12:08 am

    This is the most relatable post I have ever read! Thanks for making me feel better about practicing in jeans this morning!

    1. Lynne McLean Brown

      Lynne McLean Brown

      March 6, 2017 at 1:42 am

      thank you, Jocelyn, I’m glad you felt you could relate to my article 🙂

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    Malia

    May 9, 2017 at 2:46 am

    I like to schedule yoga time when I can but then there are many moments when I just need a few moves on the spot and go for it whenever possible. I am happy that I found a way to put my youngest daughter to bed and at the same time find some time for yoga. She just likes me to sit next to her bed while she falls asleep. So after a few nights like that I was wondering if it would be too distracting for her if I would do some gentle yoga next to her on the floor. It is mostly just seated positions, cat/cow poses or even sitting in meditation. From what I have seen so far it seems very relaxing to her and she actually falls asleep faster than me just sitting there. Sometimes I sit there just feeling the moment and listen to my own breath and she falls asleep in just a few minutes. I think that yoga can transform the atmosphere and energy around us and makes everything a bit more at peace. It certainly works for this mother-daughter team.

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    Jennifer Wicklander

    June 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Love this post! I am a mom of two – 5 months and 3 years. I don’t remember when I last had a chance to do a full yoga challenge or even a full yoga video.

    I have come to terms with doing yoga whenever it feels good – if that means doing 5 minutes at 11pm after the kids are asleep or doing a random vinyasa flow while doing laundry, then that’s what it means.

    It’s about what feels good, period. 🙂

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