Family Time, Parenting, Self-care, Yoga
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Yoga Makes Me Laugh!

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve written. Sickness has invaded our house over the past few weeks, and I’ve honestly enjoyed lying low with my son. However, it’s time to get back on track… and I would like to take just a minute to share with you the reasons I love doing Yoga with my son:

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-Whenever we do “partner yoga” (basically that means him climbing all over me) we LAUGH… a lot!

-We are active together.

-We are taking a break from our day, schedules, and screens…. and making time to just play and be silly.

-We practice taking deep breaths together. This is helpful for us to do when we are feeling relatively happy, so that when the BIG emotions hit, we have something to fall back on as a way to deal with those emotions. (Notice I am saying “we” … parents need help with this, too!)

-No matter what type of mood I may be in (tired, stressed, hungry)… doing yoga, even for 5 minutes, is like hitting the “refresh” button. My mind is calmer and I feel ready to tackle making dinner, etc.

-Seeing my son’s face light up with joy fills my heart… so taking just a few minutes for his well-being is worth it.

I have been practicing yoga since 2007, and when I became pregnant with my son in 2010, I enjoyed going to pre-natal yoga classes very much. I met one of my closest friends while attending that class, and even though we live a few hours apart now, our boys are still able to share a close friendship whenever they get the chance to play. We lived in Portland, Maine during the time when I was pregnant, and I was able to take classes at Portland Yoga Studio (an Iyengar Yoga studio). My son has been doing yoga with me since in-utero! What makes me smile is hearing him tell me that he needs to do some stretching before bed, or when he shows me his own “yoga pose”…

What are some ways you enjoy connecting with your children, friends, or loved ones? I’d love to hear!

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