Moms- You Deserve a Yoga Practice
“Motherhood” is one of those rare words that can have a million different definitions and can describe just as many roles. Across this variety of roles, however, one thing stays pretty common: moms have a lot on their shoulders. Many mothers celebrate their maternal roles, but there’s no denying that it can come with some added stress and a tendency to put others’ well-being ahead of your own. Over time, doing so can have negative consequences for your physical and mental health. That’s why self-care is important for everyone, especially for mothers.
When it comes to self-care, yoga is an excellent tool. Here’s why.
Your Yoga is Your Time
For mothers, life can often move at a whirlwind pace. It seems like there’s always something to do, someone to care for, and somewhere to be. Moving at that pace can increase your stress level and drain your energy.
As you’re probably all too aware, stress can lead to tense muscles, headaches, and even digestive issues. Stress isn’t something you want to let linger. Yoga can help because it incorporates breathing exercises, mindfulness, and meditative elements. As such, it helps to relax the mind and relieve chronic stress. Like all forms of exercise, it also helps elevate your heart rate and encourages your body to release endorphins.
If you often find yourself stressed or anxious at the start of your day, a morning yoga class can help you begin the day feeling energized and ready to take on the world. If you frequently battle insomnia due to a busy mind, doing yoga or meditating in the evening can help you quiet it. Or, if you just need to get moving and emotionally energize yourself in the middle of the day, yoga can help with that too.
Whatever time of day you practice yoga, that’s your time to care for yourself and let go of your stress.
Your Body Will Thank You
As yoga is a form of exercise, it comes with as many physical benefits as it does mental and emotional benefits. The physical benefits can vary depending upon the type of yoga that you’re doing, but whether you take a Hatha class or Yin class (or both), your body will be grateful.
Hatha and Hatha flow classes are a great way to strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and improve your balance. If your daily schedule requires a lot of sitting or results in stiffness and soreness, hatha can help you to get moving and give your muscles some much-needed attention.
While Hatha focuses on strengthening and aligning your muscles and bones, Yin focuses on deeply stretching joint and connective tissues. Yin is a rather meditative practice as it encourages holding poses and learning to be still. Anyone with stiff joints, tight muscles, or difficulty stretching will greatly benefit from a Yin practice.
On their own, either a Yin or Hatha practice will benefit your physical health, but practicing both will help ensure that you’re actively attending to your entire body.
You Deserve It!
Everyone deserves the opportunity to cultivate a healthy body and peaceful mind. So, if you’re looking for a way to treat the mothers in your life (or yourself) this Mother’s Day, consider giving them the gift of yoga! Our Online Introductory Special is a great way to explore all the ways you could benefit from a yoga practice. Gift certificates are also available.
If you’re a mother who already has a yoga practice, let us know some of the benefits you get out of it in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and the mothers in your life so that they can discover the benefits too!