I am a Viniyoga trained teacher at the 500 hour level. I have over 11 years of teaching experience in both public and private classes.
After I became a mother I struggled to have a regular yoga practice. I would come to my mat feeling the pressure of dishes in the sink, dinners to be made, email to be checked, and PILES OF LAUNDRY to be folded, and find myself so distracted that I would give up and go back to mom-work. Frustrating! My self esteem began to deteriorate along with my connection to my practice. As yoga teacher of over 10 years, I expected myself to be able to conquer this extreme monkey mind.
Well, fast forward 3 years and finally I have figured it out: 1. be selfish 2. let someone else tell me what to do!
I now ask my incredible husband to watch the kids for at least 90 minutes of practice every day. And instead of always going the high road and thinking up my own sequence (which was an invitation for monkey mind and my inner critic to hijack my good intentions) I use a book, a video, a podcast OR yogaglo.com to practice with. I modify to make whatever I am doing appropriate for me (that’s my Viniyoga training) but I generally let that canned voice of some distant yoga celebrity tell me what to do. AND IT’S WORKING!
Fellow moms, “any port in a storm” is the best motto to get through these years with young children.