Self Care

Our children are always watching us. They will learn how to care for their body by watching what we do with ours. By practicing self-care, especially, in front of your children you will teach your child by being a personal example of how it is done.

Here you will find ways to nurture and care for your mind, body and soul. 

Tune in to the subtle clues of your body.

When you are tuned in to the subtle clues of your body and how you feel, then there is no right or wrong way to exercise. Your body gives you all of the necessary information as to what you need to do and how you should move. Pain and physical discomfort are always signs that you need to pay attention to what you are doing and to modify accordingly. Enlightened Mommas is building a video library with a little tast of everything. Below you will find videos by our beloved contributors.

BREATHING, also called ventilation, is an automatic response of the respiratory system. It involves both the inhalation and exhalation of air. The inhalation of air brings in a combination of gases that is made up of about 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen, and the rest is made up of small amounts of water vapor, argon, carbon dioxide, and other gases. Oxygen assists in the chemical reactions inside the human body. Oxygen assists in converting food to energy. Carbon Dioxide and other waste products are released through the chemical conversion of food in to energy. Our body naturally releases some of the waste products through the exhalation of the breathe.  Obsiously, we can't live without the breath. The exciting news is that it has been scientifically proven that we can consciously deepen our capacity to expand our rib cage, abdomen and lungs so that we can experience a fuller and richer exchange of energy. Life can be stressful and the one tool that you will always have with you is your breath. By breathing more fully and consciously, you can calm your nervous system and enhance the quality of your life. 

 

Pranayama is an ancient healing breath technique. In the video below, Tai Johnston-Batov demonstrates a way to deepen your breath and heal your heart. If you are new to conscious breathing, lying on the floor is a great way to start. When you practice tuning in to the breath, you will feel calmer and more peaceful all throughout your day!

 

Running With Kids (Tips from Momma Erin)  

One of the most common reasons Moms do not exercise is because they feel like they don't have the time. Some people might call this an excuse. But, it is actually a really legitimate reason and it is hard to strike that balance between self-care and the care of the little people in your life. If you are a new Mom with small children in the house, I highly recommend the purchase of a Bob Jogging or Bog Sport Utility Stroller. I was a runner before kids and the Bob was my trusty, workout buddy. It has a rugged, lightweight design that can be used on bumpy roads, gravel and even as a tow machine when you go to the beach or other fun, family excursions. Some things to be mindful of:

  1. Running with a jogger increases the stress on your joints especially on your spine - pay attention to joint pain. If you have recently had a baby, you are at a higher risk for injury due to all of the physical and hormonal changes your body has gone through.

  2. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself.

  3. Focus on your posture as you run. Try to avoid rounding your spine and dropping your head 

  4. Pack activities for the kids: books, toys, drawing pad

  5. Promise a fun activity for them to do when you are finished running

  6. Stretch before and after: pay special attention to the quadriceps (the fronts of the thighs), the lower back and the hip flexors.

 

Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of consciousness, the yoga of awareness. It uses secret, ancient mantra (sound current), asana (posture), mudras (hand gestures) and dhristi (gaze) all in one kriya (set of exercises) to catapult the practitioner to the infinite. It was brought to the west in 1969 by Mahan Tantric, Kundalini Master, Yogi Bhajan. Valinda Cochella (Viriam Kaur)is a Mother, Dance and Movement Therapist, Kundalini Expert and a Yoga Teacher Trainer. She is a contributor to Elightened Mommas. To learn more about Valinda click here. 

3 Minute Kundalini 

Stress Buster

Valinda will lead you trough a 3 minute meditaiton to help relieve stress.

Sweet Sample of Valinda's Parent and Child Yoga Class

Grab your child, click play and sing along!

30 second song you and your child can do together. 

All the world is my friend.

Do you have any questions about yoga or other fitness related questions? We would love to hear from you!

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