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The skill you need to perfect NOW

Sarah StudebakerEver have those days where you feel like you’re just running in circles but never really getting anywhere?  Ever feel like a head-less chicken?  Or maybe like you’re go-go-going all day long but never really feel that sense of accomplishment?  I know I have those days, like, almost everyday!  One skill has helped me to slow down, focus, be present, and enjoy life a little more.  What is this skill, you ask.  Well, More

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Getting a toddler excited about yoga

FullSizeRenderThrough months (although it seems like years) of trying to get my toddler son to do yoga with me, I feel as though I have finally discovered a way to get him to be excited about practicing with me.  I have put a lot of theories through the trial and error process and just one seems to work.  I’ve mainly been focusing my time on practicing ‘in front of’ (not always ‘with’) him in hopes that he’ll want to mimic what Mommy’s doing.

This only seems to work sometimes and the times that it does, he usually only joins me for a few minutes and then wanders back to his Hotwheels collection.  Ironically, after giving much thought and effort into ‘yoga’ing’ with my toddler, it was something More

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Where I’ve been

IMG_1491After a several month hiatus from my old normal routine, I’m back and working at my new routine.  I took a few months off for the birth of my son Tyler, assuming the ole’ 6 week maternity leave would be just fine.  Little did I know, my body (and my toddler) had different plans for me.  Didn’t I learn the first time I became a parent that I don’t have much say in my schedule anymore?!

Turns out not all women have easy births.  Not all women are back at ‘it’ right away.  Not all women’s bodies feel normal after the 6-8 week doctor’s suggestion.  Not all women function normally on torturously little sleep.  Yes, I am one of these women.  I love my boys but I also love my sleep! More

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The yoga of parenting

IMG_8893I’m constantly trying to find new ways of including yoga in my everyday family life.  I practice with and without my toddler, I do some deep breathing before bed time, but I’ve been wanting to go a little deeper than the physical.  How do yoga principles and philosophy translate to my non-ashram, ‘normal’ American life?  When my life seems hectic and full of to-do lists, how can I approach my day with the calmness and patience that yoga affords?  And more importantly, how do I translate this to my behaviors as a parent so that I can More

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Little witnesses are great for healthy habits

IMG_7852Ever since my son has been old enough to mimic and comment on my every move, I’ve had to really pay attention to the type of behavior that I’m modeling for him.  I never wanted to be one of those people who doesn’t ‘walk the walk’ but like most humans, I’m not perfect.  Sometimes I choose a good movie over a yoga class and my sweet tooth attempts to control my every decision.  I’m OK with not being perfect but my little toddler doesn’t get explanations like ‘Mommy gets an extra cookie because she’s had a rough day.’  I am now forced to behave as if someone’s watching me all day long, because there is someone watching me all day long!

One of my wishes for my son is that he becomes an adult with a More

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Yoga life lessons for a 2 year old (and beyond)

Yoga life lessons for toddlersA few weeks ago, I posted about doing yoga ‘with’ (or mostly just in front of) my toddler- check out the article here if you missed it.  I understand that to truly reap the benefits of any long-term practice, one must be choosing to do it, not having a neurotic parent force it on them (“It’s for your own good!”).  That said, I’m delighted when Kyan chooses to sit with me and simply breath or mimic my poses.  At his age, he definitely seems to have the most fun with the physical aspect of yoga and like any kid, loves the animal poses.  I’m reminded how during my yoga for kids teacher training, we More

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What I learned from 10 days of yoga with my toddler

kyan1On an average day, yoga plays a small but important role.  My home practice is usually limited to Kyan’s nap time, after I eat lunch and respond to emails.  I practice in my room either in silence or to very quiet music (so that I don’t wake him), alone (well, with 2 cats who may or may not take an interest).  I choose to practice alone in order to practice the cliche of ‘me time’.  Being alone is the only way that I can temporarily forget about everything going on in my world, all of my responsibilities, and just relax into my body and breath.  I cherish this time.

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3 things we can learn from toddlers

IMG_5186_2Yes, my toddler is a genius.  No, I’m not at all biased, you can ask my mom.  I always expected that as a parent, I would be the absolute teacher in the parent / child relationship.  What I didn’t expect was to learn a few very valuable lessons from him.  Toddler life is obviously pretty simple- eat, play, sleep, repeat.  Sometimes there may be some climbing, falling, and crying mixed in.  His world is about having the most fun in every moment as possible.  Multitasking is an extremely foreign concept to him.  He’s not worried about what his next meal’s going to be, whether he’s had any greens yet today, or exercised enough.  Ahhh, the simple life.  So what lessons can we learn from someone whose life is so simple? More

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