Over the last few weeks I have been really enthusiastic about fitting more Yoga into my life. I have started a new class on a Tuesday night and at the weekend I have booked onto a Yogathon in Leicester.
I absolutely love how just a few minutes of stretching, balancing and relaxing can make such a huge difference to the way I feel. I have done Yoga in the past but haven’t managed to fit it in since Noah was born, now it seems it is time for it to be part of my life again.
When I get down on the floor to stretch Noah, who is now 3, just can not resist getting involved. It turns out that he is actually really good at it. He listens to what I tell him and copies me in the moves. His little body is so much more flexible than I am. When I told him he was a brilliant little Yogi he grinned from ear to ear with pleasure!
So most of our mornings are now including a mini Yoga session together. Whilst we wait for our porridge to be done Noah has been suggesting that we use the time to do a few Yoga moves. It is a really lovely thing to do together and we both seem to get a lot out of it.
Spending some quiet time doing an activity side by side makes a great difference to his behaviour, and mine come to think of it! When he has spent some time being calm and concentrating he is lovely company. He eats his breakfast nicely and we have some good conversation.
It got me thinking about what the sessions do for me. Once we have settled down and done some Yoga my mind is calm but focussed, I am more patient and I am probably nicer to Noah too. Just as I know meditation makes a massive difference to the way I behave, I feel that Yoga really makes a big difference to how I approach life too.
Doing some Yoga before a meditation is an amazing combination because it gives your body and mind time to slow down and get comfortable before you ask it to sit still and focus. It also really helps in terms of achieving a good upright yet relaxed pose for meditation.
This morning when I thought we have finished and I went to check the porridge Noah called me back to do the meditation pose. When I sat cross legged he moved across and got on my lap. We did some deep breaths, and then he announced it was over! The final confirmation that Yoga and Meditation really do go hand in hand.
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