Friday, October 11, 2013

First Morning Practice

I realized that my post yesterday may have seemed a little wah wah.  That wasn't my intention.  I love my baby and love being a mom.  But I also love my yoga and am excited to get back to it and regain lost ground, no matter how long that takes.

My whiny little post from yesterday may have been cathartic for me, because this morning, I did it.  After I nursed my little girl, I got up, put on my yoga clothes (which I had been laying out every night for the past 3 weeks in the hopes of a morning practice) and lay V back down to sleep (she usually sleeps until about 9 after she wakes to eat). 

And...she slept.  Then she cried.  I put her back down and she slept. I did 5 sun A's. Then she cried. I picked her up and put her back asleep...then she woke up and cried, after 3 sun B's.  I was ready to throw in the towel, when I realized what was waking her back up...her little arms and legs were flailing around.  So, in a last ditch effort, I swaddled her.  It was magic.  I was able to practice the entire primary series.  Yes, I practiced faster than I normally would (I have a pretty long slow breath), which may have been good for me. 

Twists are still elusive.  I can barely get my fingertips on the floor in utita parsvokonasana.  My fingertips are now just barely grazing each other in marichyasana C.  D remains a long way off.  But I'm feeling a little more connection to my core.

Even if the practice is sloppy, I just love doing it. Taking the time to do this little thing for me makes me a better happier mommy.  The best reward is hugging my sleepy bean after savasana. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Today I really miss my practice

I haven't had an opportunity to practice this week.  It's just been a tough week with a visit to my parents that resulted in a baby meltdown. Now that that's under control, the husband is sick.  It's one of those weeks where I could use my practice more than ever but have been unable to find any time/space to do it.

I knew this would be the reality of parenthood. That's why I had the goal of unassisted pinchamayurasana before getting pregnant. But it doesn't mean it isn't tough.

If you happen to be a mom that practiced prior to pregnancy, when were you able to get back to a regular practice? How did you do it?  I'm especially curious to hear from moms that went back to work and didn't have the luxury of a nanny/early am daycare.