In the first year of being a mother, it often seems that you cannot be anything but a mother.
The new era mothers face a lot of adjustments, our yesteryear Ladies have done so with far lesser help, physically and technologically. Let’s face it – being a good mom is too many jobs for one person!!
How yoga can help new moms?
After spending 9 months in the uterus the baby must come out as the mother’s pelvis can’t hold the baby anymore. It’s like an external gestation period. It will take yet a few more months for the baby to begin moving independently and to verbalize its thoughts. No wonder, the first few months of being a new mother are challenging.
Adding to this new responsibility are the hormonal changes brought about in your own body from creating and nursing another tiny human being.
You have undergone a big change physically and emotionally so be kind to yourself. Show yourself some love. Yoga is a gentle way to start. On a physical level it can help mitigate the aches and pains from the delivery process. On the other hand, yoga can also help alleviate the stress, mild depression, fatigue and anxiety of new parenthood.
If you think yoga will make you flexible or help you lose the pregnancy weight then you are missing out on the most intangible aspects of the practice. It’s like asking your mom if she is going to organize your meals. Providing food is just one of the things that she will do. But there are so many other things that she will do for you that cannot be quantified.
Start with an easy 20 minute practice. Don’t obsess over fitting into your pre-pregnancy jeans right away. Just try to move with ease. Do what feels good. Let weight loss be a natural outcome of your daily practice.
Let Bhujangasana stretch your chest and lungs and Plank and Navasana help you strengthen the core muscles. Adho Mukho Svanasana will help you calm down. When you feel dispirited, take on a balancing pose like Garudasana and remember afresh the joy of learning. In the upcoming articles, I will present to you the various poses / asanas in detail so that you can try from home and reap the benefits.
The best thing about yoga is you can start where you are, you can use what you have and you can do what you can. So, you can start right at home. Use just a simple mat and practice as much or as little as you like. Yes! its ok to practice just downward facing dog on some days. If you just got ready and stepped on your mat for 5 mins that counts as a practice.
Over these past few years yoga has taught me many things on and off the mat, one of them is practising awareness. It started with physical awareness or mindfulness in poses and watching my posture in daily life. Awareness of breath followed next.
I realized like most of our school teachers said, I was physically PRESENT and mentally ABSENT’.
This practice will help you live a good wholesome life.
Wrapping up this article with a food for thought
Yoga should support our life and not be another demand that we put on ourselves – Maty Ezraty