Guest post ~ Written by Francesca Bonta
From the moment you open your eyes in the morning, or someone else opens them for you, you’ve got a hundred things to do. Make breakfast, make and pack lunches, get dressed, get your kids dressed, drop your kids off at school, go to work, work, go to soccer or ballet practice, cook dinner, help your kids with homework, do the dishes, do laundry, put your kids to bed and then finish that work project for the next day before you finally get to go to bed. Your days are hectic but somehow you manage to get it all done. But can you remember the last time you did something just for you, without any distractions or interruptions?
Making uninterrupted time for yourself is key not only to ensuring your health and wellness, but also to making you a good mom. Doing things for yourself, as greedy as it may sound, keeps you from burning out so that you can help your children flourish, and practicing yoga is a healthy and cost effective way to do it.
While doing yoga at home is an excellent way to maintain balance and ensure your continued mental and physical health, going to a yoga studio for even one hour a week is even more beneficial. Here are five reasons why moms should join a yoga studio.
5 Reasons Why Moms Should Join a Yoga Studio
Uninterrupted Me Time
Sometimes, even when you think you can get an hour to yourself at home, something or someone will distract you and your one hour of yoga turns into 15 minutes or no time at all. Coming to the studio guarantees 60 minutes of time just for you in a calm and peaceful environment. No one will call your name, ask for help or disrupt your focus on you.
Get Out of the House
Going from home to work and then home again can become monotonous and even make you feel stir crazy. Driving kids to different events can offer a bit of change, but quite often you end up feeling like just a driver. Taking some time for yourself to visit a yoga studio gets you into a new environment filled with positive and like-minded people who you can speak with before and after class.
Adult Conversations/New Friends
If you are a new mom, you may spend your days at home with your baby. Being at home with your child is exciting as you watch them grow and change, but spending time with other adults is also extremely important for your overall health and wellness. Regular visits to a yoga studio are a healthy and inexpensive opportunity to spend time with other adults and develop new friendships.
Enhance Your Practice
Having the personal support of a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) means having someone is take care of you. At the beginning of each class instructors will often ask if there is an area of the body you would like to focus on, and will tailor the class to ensure you receive the custom support you need. They are also there to modify poses which may not work for you, without jeopardizing your practice and goals.
When you are ready to advance your practice, in-studio instructors will be there to encourage and support you as you rise to the challenge while ensuring you do not get hurt.
Maintain Your Identity
Being a mom is one of life’s most amazing gifts. However, it is also quite often only one aspect of who you are. Continuing to visit a yoga studio not only gives you an hour of “me time” it also allows you to maintain another part of your life that brings you joy. For older children, seeing mom go out and take part in a healthy activity helps to foster the development of positive habits and serves as a reminder that parents are people who enjoy different activities.
Yoga is a healthy and natural way to build strength, relieve stress and tension and increase your overall health. The more yoga you do the better, and making time for yourself to visit a yoga studio further enhances your practice and supports a stronger, healthier and happier you.
Interested in coming to our studio? Register for a class today. If you don’t see a class that works with your schedule, we would also be thrilled to help you host a customized “ladies night” for you and your friends. To learn more contact Karma Lifestyle Owner and fellow mom, of triplets to boot, Francesca Bonta at firstname.lastname@example.org