I hope my boss at Ocean Yoga Center doesn’t mind that I posted this on the bulletin board at the studio tonight. Last week, we worked on our heart chakra, so Emma wanted to contribute. Don’t you just love the big, wide, boxy body? Lots of room for love to flow!
Have I told you lately that I love you, yoga? I really, truly do. My two most recent classes came with proud teaching moments.
One of my new students at Dancing Warrior Yoga has hyper-extended elbows. She puts a great deal of strain on those muscles and tendons when in table, downward dog, and plank, to name a few. I taught her to micro-bend her elbows to strengthen the support and relieve the strain. She’s been taking yoga for four years and said that no teacher had ever pointed that out before. She was grateful for that simple modification.
Last week, at Ocean Yoga Center, I worked on lengthening the spine, relaxing the shoulders, and opening the heart in mountain pose. We often round our shoulders and ‘slump’ in our daily lives. This can lead to back pain, digestive issues, and headaches. One of my students thanked me this week for showing her this method. She said that it makes a big difference and has enjoyed practicing her new lengthened and lifted spine.
This motherhood thing is pretty mind-boggling. Most of the time, I feel like a schizophrenic. One minute, I’m gazing at her lovingly, wondering what I ever did to deserve such a perfect human being in my life. The next minute, she is releasing the most blood curdling scream because I won’t give her a popsicle. And I’m wondering if there’s any wine in the fridge. It’s only 7 am.
Some days, I find myself making excuses every five minutes…”I’m sorry honey, mommy’s too tired…I really can’t baby, maybe later…not this time, maybe tomorrow…no, sweetheart, we don’t eat candy for breakfast…sorry, she’s probably not home right now…please don’t climb on me; I’m not a tree…”
The energy level of this kid has got to be something for the record books. She never stops. Really. Never.
But here’s the thing. I love this child to no end. Can I imagine my life without her? Not for a second. She couldn’t be more perfect if she tried. No, I don’t spoil my child and I don’t give her whatever she wants. But I do know how full my heart and my life are because of her. I know how long I waited for her to come into my life. I know how truly blessed I am.
So, now and for years to come, yes, dear, you can scream at me all you want.
Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for my complimentary copy of “Mindful Moments for Kids” in exchange for this review.
Kira Willey was born with a voice for the special work she does. She is happy, inspiring, and compassionate as she leads children through 30 short mindful activities. Some are geared toward calming, some are meant to energize, but all of them play such an important role in a child’s day and life.
“Listen to the Bell” inspires focus and attention while the bell rings and then slowly fades away. The imagery evoked during “Bunny Breath” is adorable. I can just see the quick, short breaths of the bunny and know that children will too. “Do Nothing Moment” is a fabulous way to finish the collection of activities, sending the message that doing nothing is not only OK, but sometimes necessary.
Two bonus tracks, “Dance for the Sun” and “Just Be” conclude the album with sweetness and love. Kira’s CD comes out on Friday January 15th! Enjoy Mindful Moments with your children at home or in school and watch the happiness unfold!