Practice Mom-Asana every day

Sweet Savasana surrender with my daughter Alessandra

Sweet Savasana surrender with my daughter Alessandra


In Sanskrit, the ancient yogi language, the word "asana" means simply to sit. So all those fancy names for poses that end in "asana" (asho-mukha-svanasana, downward facing dog for example), simple mean to "sit" in the described pose - meaning finding comfort and relaxing into the pose, breathing...even if you're not really sitting. 

Let's practice Mom-asana, relaxing into the most content self as a mom. First, we need to understand that being content is very different from being happy. Happiness is usually tied with many different conditions that need to be fulfilled in order for us to be happy. "I'll be happy when..." You fill in the blank. Contentment, on the other hand, resides into relaxing into what is. It asks us to embrace what life is offering in this exact moment. No expectations, no judgement. We already have everything we need to be content. Just try to relax into contentment with the following exercise:  

Find a comfortable seat. Place your hand on your heart. Pause. Feel the absolute magic that is in the inhale and exhale that sustain life. Then, find your child or children and notice who they are in this exact moment in time. If they are older, remember the open wonder with which you watched them as infants and let yourself see them with that purity of vision as they are today. If you are pregnant, place your hands on your belly, close your eyes and feel the magical connection with the beautiful life growing within you. Notice how beautiful this moment is, and try to forget the to do list for a moment, try to forget even what day it is and what time it is. Everything just is, and it is perfect. 

Regular yoga practice helps with finding and practicing contentment. 

Have a wonderful day!