I remember leaning up against the side wall of the aerobics classroom, with my sister, colouring and playing Barbies while my mom did her weekly step class. This was one of the many classes she did every week to help manage her work stresses, stay healthy and feel good. My sister and I didn't mind as we liked watching everyone and listening to the loud pop music.
Growing up, we were encouraged to be active, play sports and be outside as much as we could. If we spent too much time watching TV my mom would yell at us to "get out of the house, go play!", and usually followed it up by telling us stories of her playing kick the can with her friends & brothers for hours. I'm still not completely sure what "kick the can" is. ha ha!
We had a trampoline in our backyard and the neighbourhood kids always came over to play. Actually our back door was never even locked.
What I appreciate now about all of this, is that my mom didn't just talk the talk, but she walked the talk. She was (and still is) just as active as us, and a lot of the time instigated family activities for us. Because of this, all of her (3) kids are fit, healthy people, who see the value in not only staying active but also in self care.
It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and put your "self care" routines to the back burner. For a lot of us mom's we have guilt over extra time away from the family, doing activities that fuel us. Guilt for being "selfish" in taking that time. What I'm hoping to remind you of today is that taking care of yourself will help your kids. Getting to your yoga mat, moving your body, taking deep breathes, settling into the moment and gathering perspective will not only serve YOU but also show your children that self care and self love is apart of living a vibrant and rich life.
"I am arriving at the circle where one works on oneself as a gift to other people, so that one doesn't create more suffering. I help people as I work on myself and I work on myself to help other people." Ram Dass, from the book; Paths to God;Living the Gita
So if you can't get to your yoga mat today for yourself than do it for your kids.
With you on this path,
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