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Day 1: Forward Fold

May 1st Pose of the Day: Forward Fold

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My yoga practice has changed in a lot of ways since the day I found out about this little guy, but during my pregnancy I committed myself to yoga every single day. Some days that was a sweaty modified vinyasa class and some days it was 15 minutes of gentle poses on the living room floor. One thing was consistent- I ALWAYS felt better after yoga. Now I spend my days (mostly) at home by myself with six-week old Max. We have a lot of time where it’s just the two of us, and although he is by far the best thing ever I would be lying to say I’m not exhausted. This challenge from Dhyana Yoga floated my way and I thought if I’m going to be tired regardless I might as well try to resume a daily yoga practice…

Earlier this week Max and I attended a Yoga Babies class at The Yoga Garden on South Street in Philadelphia. It was awesome to connect with other new mommies and their little ones, plus I am so thankful to learn a thing or two about how to practice yoga with a sweet but demanding baby (call me naive but I kind of expected to plop him on a blanket next to me and watch him sleep for an hour).

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A quiet spot to begin

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Getting ready for a few poses

First things first, we set up in a comfy seat next to the mat and I nurse him regardless of when his last meal was. A full belly equals a happy baby. While he’s eating I use the time to focus on my breath. A simple count of five on each slow inhale and exhale is extremely calming and centering. When he’s done I burp him and then continue to hold him while chanting Om three times, plus anything else that feels right. The yoga babies teacher Brittany suggests Om or humming to calm a fussy baby. Next I move him to a blanket at the top of my mat. He hates this part (leaving my arms) so I keep a hand on his belly for a while and give him a pacifier. Once he starts to settle I stay near him for some cat/cow stretches. After that I have been able to practice for about 20/30 minutes as long as I talk to him and tickle him. Brittany said that babies just want to be connected to us. How sweet to think of him as a little being who wants love and connection. I might pick him up and hold him for a few poses before snuggling in for  savasana. Savasana with a baby might be a reclined rest while nursing, laying him across your belly or propping him up. Today he was bright-eyed and looking for action so I propped him on my legs while listening to this song.

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Legs up the wall with a very awake & alert baby

Please join me in the Pose of the Day Challenge! I’d love for you to send me links of your poses.

Does anyone practice yoga at home with a little one? Tips?

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Fun in Philly

Yesterday morning I went on a job interview. Teaching gigs are very hard to come by these days, and the competition is fierce. I’m still waiting to hear back so my nerves are a little rattled. The quickest way to chill out when something’s on my mind is head to yoga so yesterday afternoon I went to class at my favorite studio in Philadelphia. I was a little spaced out about the interview, so it wasn’t until 20 minutes in during sun salutations that I noticed the gorgeous shirtless guy diagonal from me. I’m usually not one to check out dudes at yoga (I take my zen time very seriously), but this guy had chaturanga muscles to the max. So guess who the cute guy was…

Colin Farrell (not my pic)

Yes, the chatter in my mind about the interview subsided as I realized an A-lister was three feet away. He’s in town filming a movie and apparently he’s a pretty devout yogi. Who knew? At least this distraction was a little more fun than the other.

Tomato soup minus the cream in Old City

Iced green tea at Cafe Ole

What helps you to chill out? Who’s your celebrity crush?

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Commencement

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” -Lao Tzu

“May my heart always be open to little birds” -E.E. Cummings

The basics

 “The mind is everything; what you think, you become.” -Buddha

Ganesh: the remover of obstacles

Dhyana’s harmonium

Yesterday was a long day filled with written exams and hours of yoga practice. In the end my teacher training class celebrated as we finished the final steps of our 200 hour certification. We were full of joy and hope, knowing that graduation was just the beginning of a new path. I feel so blessed that I can learn from such radiant and inspiring teachers. Thank you Dhyana, John, Jordanna, Alex and Justicia. Thank you to all my new friends for your love and support. It was an honor to practice and grow together.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy

 

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