I began a journey into Hot Yoga this past weekend: a 200-hour training that will allow me to teach once it’s complete. I started this because I have had some personal heartaches throughout the last year and as I foresee the remainder of my existence including periodic challenges, I thought it would be beneficial to try to still my mind so that when these challenges arise, I am equipped to manage them calmly. I will pat myself on the back because I have done a tremendous job over the last year handling what has come my way, but you never know when the brown stuff is going to hit the fan and I want to be proactive.
While I am additionally looking forward to physical fitness through this endeavor, there is a greater benefit that has risen up into my conscience: my three sons. I don’t know that my parenting is the best parenting (only the future will tell me how I did), but I absolutely parent with intention. It occurred to me after I signed up for the course that I cannot wait to begin teaching my children yoga. I see young people today struggling with high levels of anxiety and I believe it is because they have so many BIG, adult-level problems and expectations put upon them. And yes, I believe that social media and Internet access contribute to that as well! I parent with the understanding that I cannot control what goes on outside of our house, but I can control what my husband and I are teaching within our own home. Similarly, I cannot expect others to nurture my children, so I try to teach them to nurture themselves. Along with much of my other parenting, I believe teaching them asana (not just physical postures, but concentration and meditation) multiple times a week will allow them mental space to exist in silence, to get comfortable with their own thoughts & processes, and to respect their own minds and bodies. They are thirteen and nine. What better tools to give them than the ability to be personally well?