In an effort to keep my mind (and fingers) away from WebMd, I’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately. I flirt with yoga every few months, building up a practice, making it routine, and then I inevitably miss a day or two (sickness, traveling, exhaustion) and it takes me another few months to get back into the swing of it. It’s generally when my anxiety picks up that I go rushing back to my mat, since just breathing is seen as an accomplishment in yoga, and a quiet room is key to quieting my mind.
For all the benefits I get from yoga, it usually means waking up an hour before the girls if I want to get a real practice in, if I do not want “helpers”. Anything that requires me to get even less sleep than I am right now is a hard sell though, so unless I am feeling that jittery, unfocused buzz in my bones, I sleep in and tell myself I will start again tomorrow.
This week that is not an option, so rather than fight with the girls to be quiet so that I could be calm (because that is going to work out swell), I asked them to join me.
And lo, they are little gurus. Alice does a mean downward dog, but Ella was willing to try just about any pose that I presented to her. After a few minutes of mama lead yoga, I went online and found some short videos, and these pose cards. Ella took to them right away, and when she was done, asked earnestly if she could do yoga with me tomorrow.
I think I will need to buy another mat though, since I don’t think there is room for all three of us on there.