Some useful Asana Tips for Mindful Motherhood
Motherhood is a challenge, an adventure, bearing the hormone changes, labor pains, diaper change to feeding, involving complexities bringing out many emotional and somatic mental imprints. These mental complexities create harming impact and sometimes frightening experience. Mothers should achieve the state of mental health to get energized and bear the ordeals of so esteemed motherhood.
By entering into mindfulness means moving on the endless path of mind exploration, developing connectivity and understanding thoughts, which is taken by some basic yogic exercises and yoga teacher training India for moms.
Begin your day by taking some deep breaths. Sit upright on the bed, stretch your arms, and take slow breaths. It is very energetic. While breathing recites a mantra and concentrate. Give yourself space and slowly listen to the inner voices that translate into calmness. Practice Sun salutation for twenty minutes before the sun rays fall through the window panes, rhythmically moving through one pose to another and realizing pace. Your 20 minutes of Sun Salutation can give you free-standing inversions; even basic poses like Trikonasana can help you overcome daily hassles.
As each mother needs are different, so here I am giving daily tips to follow before beginning the yoga.
Take calming poses
Before beginning the yoga pose, take the doctor’s advice, especially if you had the separation of the abdominal wall (diastasis recti). Mindful yoga that increases relaxin is best, it means you are able to do yoga and go deep into the posture; your focus should be on the mind and for retaining joint stability instead of concentrating on flexibility. Do not stress, keep the pace slow.
Do what you need?
Begin your day by asking yourself what you need the most from the practice. If you want to boost energy or a mood, do the Sun Salutations, or some gentle inverted poses, followed by yoga nidra. For the shoulder and neck and chest opener do Bharadvaja twist or Dhanuasana. More so during the early days of motherhood, yoga helps mothers to get back to her present state. Sometimes mother’s gets so engrossed imagining the baby’s experience, you would stop inhabiting your own. Yoga offers way back.
Do the pose in which you would feel comfortable about
For an asana practice, try to do six different orientations like inversions, upright, lateral, forward bend, back bend, and twist. You can do these as different poses or can cover up in Sun Salutation including one side way pose. The pose that would feel best on one body might not feel good on the other. So do the one in which you would feel comfortable and at ease.
Meditation is best for each one of us and magical for the mothers as it is a wonderful mindful action, bringing calmness in the body and helping you to cope with the outer and inner chaos. If it is not possible to do the seated meditation then carry it during the day. Recognize natural pauses and turn the same into mini-meditation by taking three slow breaths during the course of the day, while taking your baby out on the walk, or while going to travel in the car. It is the best way to get into the present moment.