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Friday, August 28, 2015

Yoga Tips for Moms with Namaste TV {Review & Giveaway}

Life is busy. I've always heard about how hard it can be for people- Moms especially- to carve out some time for themselves. You have to make yourself a priority. Sounds easy enough, but now that I'm there it often is easier said than done.

I love being healthy but admit that exercise is often one of the first things that I forgo when things get busy. As it is I fit my work and the blog around my family, leaving precious little quiet time while the kids are sleeping during the day to do much else than tidy up, prep meals/ snacks, and maybe get some work done. Once bed time rolls around I love to get in a little run or other form of exercise if I have the time and energy, but let's face it, isn't that the time of day when you've got to fit in the things that didn't get done earlier? 

So enough with the guilt and pressure to try and do a million other things. It's time to take some time out for ourselves. Years ago I was an avid swimmer and hope to take that up this Fall when the weather cools off and I'm ok to spend more time inside. But I don't want to wait until then to get more active. Aside from my weekly run I love the idea of doing yoga. I did prenatal yoga while pregnant with Ari and Will does it every morning. I love that it's a form of exercise that helps you re- centre, focus inward, and is soothing for the soul. With all of the hustle and bustle of daily life, yoga helps us to slow down. I've recently been enjoying some yoga DVDs from Namaste TV and not only is my body starting to slowly flex and stretch again, I'm loving the sense of calm and accomplishment I've been feeling because I'm making myself slow down and focus on this one task (find out how you can try out a set of DVDs for yourself at the end of this post!).  

The DVDs feature several episodes, each with an introduction, warm- up, main exercise, and cool- down, and savasana. Depending how much time I've got I'll sometimes just skip to the main workout, which is about 15 minutes long and perfect to slip in on busy days.  


I love yoga, but I'm definitely still a novice- I still have to look at the screen to know what some of the poses are- but my flexibility and balance are improving and a couple rounds in and  I can touch the floor again (yay!). I enjoy the challenge of trying to improve upon my last session and perfecting the poses. Some I might never quite pull off as well as the talented ladies in the DVDs, but it gives me something to aspire to.

There will always be something else that needs doing on that never ending to- do list, but you have to make time for yourself and exercise- even just a quick workout- to help way stay healthy (let's face it: we're no good to anyone if we're sick). So make yourself a priority & block off some time each day that you dedicate to yourself (see the tips below to help make this easier), you'll be glad you did.

If you've been wanting to try yoga or get back into practicing since having kids, the workouts that Namaste TV offers are great because you can try them at home when you get the chance/ have the time. You don't have to worry about packing up the kids or organizing childcare so you can fit in a workout. This is also great if you're a little self- conscious about your form and don't feel ready to try a class yet. And just in case you're still doubtful about how successful you'll  be trying out yoga at home, here are some tips to help make the most of your at- home yoga workout:

 Yoga Tips for Busy Moms: 
How to get the Most out of Your Practice 
1.       Create a Sacred Space
It’s hard to relax if everywhere you look you see something that needs tidying up.  Whether it’s your bedroom, your patio or your living room after you’ve cleaned it for the day, try to find a peaceful place to practice your yoga.  A view that connects you to nature is wonderful, but a few house plants, candles or even a special scent can help quiet your mind.
 2.       Shut down electronics
Turn off your computer or sign out of social media. Use emergency call screening so that you’ll only be interrupted by the calls you absolutely need to take.  Everything else – yes even your own mother - can wait for 25 minutes. 
 3.       Make it a Habit
You’ll always be able to find a hundred other things you could do besides yoga.  Make it a non-negotiable part of your day, even if it’s just five or ten minutes.  One great thing about yoga compared to other workouts, is even a few minutes a day can help you relax, re-focus and revitalize.
 4.       Do it first thing in the morning
If you’re struggling to make time for yoga, doing it first thing in the morning can be one of the best times.  You’ll start the day with a calm mind and an awareness of your own body that you can carry with you through the rest of the day.
5.       Involve your kids
So far we’ve talked about making yoga your ‘me’ time, but sometimes that’s just not possible.  Some mom’s find doing yoga with their children around too stressful, but other’s absolutely love it.  At a certain age children love to copy their parents, or you can purposefully make yoga a mother-child activity.  Children are more likely to be active if they see their parents exercising, so you’ll be serving yourself and your little ones.  

... And just in case I haven't got you convinced to make some time for yourself, how about a little giveaway for incentive: Namaste TV is offering up a set of their yoga DVDs for one lucky TPB reader to enjoy some yoga at home! Go to the blog's Contests page to enter. Good luck!

Visit the Namaste TV website & check out their Youtube Channel for more great tips and videos. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter

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