Nurture Yourself with A Yoga Nap

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Napping has never come easily to me, even when I was just. so. tired. during the early months of being a new mama. Finally, in my 7th year of parenting, I’ve gotten the hang of napping—or at least a version of it. Yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep, blends elements of napping and meditation in one short session. That’s why it’s one of my go-to personal practices for taking care of my heart and my spirit.Yoga nidra guides you through a passive whole-body relaxation, from your toe tips to the top of your head. Ideally, you do this practice in comfortable clothes on a yoga mat. I tend to rest … [Read more...]

Motherhood Pains? 4 Ways to Feel Better

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Birth changes you forever in myriad ways. Serious lifestyle changes demand your energy: Staying up all night nursing a baby, rather than say, nursing a sweet glass of wine with dinner. And then there are the physical changes—too numerous to list, really. Breasts, belly, lady parts, all so very, very different, although those changes are not all that unexpected. What can catch you by surprise are the random body aches and pains that come from bearing and raising children. Belly Button Bliss birth story contributor Kara Douglass Thom, who is the author of the book & blog Hot (Sweaty) … [Read more...]

31 Bloggy Days of May

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In the yoga classes I teach, I am a big proponent of sighing. A long breath in, a soft sigh out—it’s one of the simplest techniques (and pleasures) I’ve found for getting in touch with how I am feeling in the moment, and moving toward a state of greater ease. So here, on the 31st day of May, a sigh of relief seems a perfect fit for acknowledging the big work I completed this month: I blogged every day in May as part of Michelle Rafter’s 2012 WordCount Blogathon. I feel proud (Yay, me!), a little tired, and very happy to take a few days off! Here are a couple lessons I hope to carry with me … [Read more...]

How to Meditate

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My friend Laura visited for a couple days this week, and she reminded me of something I experienced a few months ago: Meditation practice is simple. I got that message from Zen priest Karen Maezen Miller, too, in her blog post “A Glimpse of Mindfulness.” Laura said she’s been meditating for about 15 minutes each day, and lately, she’s noticed that she’s longing for even more time in meditation. That was all the reminder I needed. A few months ago, I set a pretty-sounding alarm on my phone for just 5 minutes. I put my bum in a chair, feet on the floor, my hands in my lap, my spine up … [Read more...]

Go Ahead, Walk Away

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What are you walking away from?” I have walked away from my yoga mat when the chatter in my mind got too loud and mean. I have walked away from my children when my heart started to blacken with anger that threatened to seep toward my hands. I have walked away from my husband when neither of us could find words that would do anything other than pierce our hearts. And I have returned to each with greater and deeper gratitude. Thank God. That's my prayer and my wish: Thank the heavens and her stars … [Read more...]