In one of my recent yoga classes, a mum of young kids asked me how it was possible to find time to listen to the whispers her body was telling her. To find time to really connect and assess where her body was, and to ensure that she remained calm and attentive to herself at this busy stage in her life.
This is a problem many women face – regardless of what age or stage of life they are in. However, it is particularly prevalent with women of young kids who are working mothers, juggling life and responsibilities. There is very little time for themselves, let alone time to develop and strengthen relationships with loved ones or finding time to do something special to nourish the soul.
So I want to suggest a few ways to find meaningful time every day (or at least a few times a week!) to reconnect to yourself, understand where you are and listen to the whispers and messages that your body is telling you. By doing so you will discover that there is another way of managing the crazy times, and perhaps even prevent yourself getting to that overwhelmed feeling.
1. Breathe Deep: Even if you lead a crazy lifestyle during the day, you should carve out 5 minutes every night before you go to sleep to reconnect to yourself through deep breathing. Rather than flopping into bed too exhausted to move or reading until your eyes close, take a few minutes to lie on your bed with your hands placed over your pelvis (thumbs on your belly button, fingers pointing down) and begin to breathe slowly and deeply. As your breathing slows down, pay attention to it, to the rhythm of the inhale and exhale. Be present in the moment and focus only on the quality of your breath. Give time and space to listen to what your body is telling you in these few moments of quiet and calm.
2. Self Check-In: Yoga Nashit – Yoga for Women’s Health, uses the yoga mat as a laboratory of inquiry. Full breathing together with connecting to Mula Banda (the area of your pelvic floor muscles, pelvis, transverse abdominal muscles) allows each woman to connect to her very core, to the source of her feminine energy and creativity. Biologically your blood pressure drops, relaxing hormones are stimulated and you feel a sense of calm settle upon you. This now allows you to do a “Self Check-In”. As you enter this calm state, assess how you are feeling in this very moment – physically, emotionally, mentally. Remember there are NO right or wrong answers. This a chance for you to Check-In and assess how you are managing, and reconnect with yourself.
3. Know Your Limits: In a recent conversation with my brother, we talked about how living in our modern fast-paced world requires us to live very close to the edge of maximum capacity. Women especially are expected to juggle motherho