If you want to nurture the people closest to you, you have to take care of yourself! It’s easy to sacrifice self-care and think we’re being selfless, but the truth is, if our tanks our running on empty, we don’t show up as our best selves for anyone! Join Ally, a busy mom herself, and see how much better you feel when you carve out a little time in your day that’s just for you. These classes are short, thorough and deep. Strengthen your core, shoulders and upper back so that lifting your littles is not an issue. Open your heart so you can give and receive love to the utmost. Open your hips so you don’t end up “sitting on” anything that isn’t going to serve you. Quiet your mind, tune into your breath, and connect to that deepest, truest part of yourself. Then, go ahead and share it.
Got 18 minutes for yourself? Throw down your mat, mama, and fire it up in this fast flow that targets opening the shoulders and front-body so you can walk away from your mat with your heart wide open. We also open the hips and the hamstrings, and sneak in some deep core work so you can connect to your center. It is really hard to take care of anyone else well unless you fill your own tank with love, first :).
Hips tend to be the place we store things we are "sitting on", and pushing stuff down makes us sick! Take 6 minutes to connect to your breath, open up your hips, and let go of anything that might be preventing you from being fully present. Then go chase your kids around the playground! And maybe smell the flowers while you are at it ;)
8 minutes to connect to your center! We fire up the core from every direction, so you walk away from your mat feeling grounded and (literally) centered. If you suffer from chronic low back pain and are picking up little ones all day, chances are you want to strengthen your core. It is the best way to protect your low back. Emotionally and energetically, this part of the body has to do with feelings of empowerment, connection to your community, and a strong sense of self. Power up, mommy!!
9 minutes to open up the shoulders, and all the space across the chest and at the front of the heart. For many people, the shoulders are a place where tension is stored, sometimes from a desire to control things. To hold on too tightly. If you feel a little "wound up" and closed off, this is for you. And if you have answered 9 million questions that begin with the question, "Why...?" today, taking a tiny bit of time to open up your heart and find your sense of humor might be just what the doctor ordered ;). Lots of love, mama.
Back to school! In some ways there's a little more chaos...packing lunches while making breakfast and getting everyone out the door on time and with everything they need. And in another way, you may find you have a tiny bit more time for yourself. This practice follows that rhythm. The beginning is a heat-building flow where we don't stop much to rest. Lots of heart-opening built in, of course. Core strengthening in the middle so you feel centered. The second half is nice and slow. More heart-openers, hip and hamstring-openers, and a very sweet Savasana. Take some time for you!