I recently taught a workshop
called 1.5 Hours to Inner Peace. As a yoga teacher who normally teaches vinyasa
style yoga, this workshop is my chance to focus on what I consider to be the
most important aspect of yoga: quieting the mind.
I do this by teaching
breathing exercises, meditation techniques and restorative poses, in the hopes
that students will take these techniques and apply them in their day-to-day
lives, even when they only have a few moments to spare. I then end the whole
shebang with a 40-minute guided meditation. It's the most relaxing thing ever.
The first time I taught this
workshop, I was not yet a mother. At the time, I felt strongly that it was
possible for all of us to find small
snippets of time in our day to pause and breathe, no matter our circumstances.
4. Instead of having an
intelligent conversation with your baby while nursing, which might possibly
nudge her toward the ability to speak, binge-watch Buffy on Netflix Instant and tell yourself you're providing your
daughter with an example of a strong female role model.
8. You have to cook dinner.
There's no getting around it. Transform cooking time into an opportunity to get
lost in some music while pretending you have the dance skills of Beyonce. This
will actually help keep your child from crying. Because she will be laughing.
Because you actually look ridiculous. And she is judging you.