Aparigraha “non-attachment.” Aparigraha is the 5th Yama (restraint/control) in the Ashtanga (eight-fold) path of Yoga. The concept of Aparigraha has several meanings, the most literal translation is non-possessiveness in reference to belongings or people.
It's hard to believe it's been a year since my second son, Finnegan was born. While I was sick a few weeks ago, I had a chance to take pause, reflect and write some observations. Out poured a ton of thoughts, which I put together in a blog series.
This is the first of three blog where I talk about lessons learned through my second pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I'm sharing these personal stories in the hopes that they will be of service to you if you’re preparing for your first, second, third, fourth+ now or in the future.
New motherhood can be confusing, stressful and overwhelming. It's beautifully intense and magical. It’s opposing forces at work. It’s ALL the emotions.
Your mind is cluttered and you feel like a zombie from getting so little sleep, you go back and forth from feelings of anxiety to pure blissed out love. At the same time, you’re trying to figure out this whole motherhood thing (or trying to figure out life with a new member of your family), your body is healing and you’re more than likely dealing with aches and pains.
Happy Summer Solstice and Happy International Yoga. Today we celebrate yoga, sunshine, transition and the longest day of the year. Today represents the chance to renew, change, grow and move forward on a new path. Many yogis will celebrate with a tradition of doing 108 Sun Salutations. I will be teaching Prenatal tonight and we’ll do plenty of lunge sun salutes (don’t worry, not 108, more like 15!)
Happy May Yoga Mamas! May is National Meditation month, so throughout the month, I’ll be weaving in snack-size, actionable tips for establishing a home meditation practice.
I’ve previously talked about the importance of meditation to my life as a mama as well as the effects of regular meditation on my life. A clearer mind, more patience, better sleep, more self-awareness and the ability to care for your family with more compassion and grace are just a few of the many benefits of a regular meditation practice.
“Yoga begins right where I am - not where I was yesterday or where I long to be” - Linda Sparrowe
As I stood on the seamstress's pedestal, I could feel that nasty voice rising up in my mind - you know, that one that only directs negative comments inward. “Look at that belly pooch, why haven't you been able to lose more weight? You look terrible in that dress and it won’t even zip at the top.” In reality, it won’t zip at the top because my breasts are huge right now to provide nutrition for my 3-month-old baby, but the nasty voice doesn’t care.
Thursday at 1 a.m... my adorable, hilarious, and curious 20-month old son woke up in the middle of the night screaming bloody murder. He must be teething. (Still? Feels like a lifetime…how many teeth do they get anyway?) I tried patting his belly, rubbing his back, quietly singing songs, rocking, shushing. Finally, he goes back to sleep. SCORE! I tip-toed out the door and CREAAAAAK…Damn those lovely, but old wood floorboards. I froze. SCREAM! Back in again. Rub, pat, rock, sing, shhhh. Repeat 3 times that night. Each time I was jolted awake while my husband is still sleeping peacefully.
I spent years wishing I had longer, thinner legs and less muscular thighs.
When I was 12 years old, my Russian ballet teacher told me I would never be a professional ballerina. She effectively crushed my dreams when she said I didn't have a ballerina body... my thighs were too big, I was too short...