Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yoga and Babies

Have you ever tried to do yoga with an one year old crawling all around you? I tried it this morning and couldn't even get through the first five minutes of it. It went something like this:

Breathe deep

*baby climbs across rib cage digging his knee in your diaphragm*

Exhale slowly

* baby laughing as you sputter from pain, and lack of oxygen*

Relax your body into the earth

*baby begins pulling your hair because you have left yourself vulnerable on the floor*

Surrender your tension, let it flow out of your body into Mother Earth

*you jump up and chase the baby (who has just stolen your glasses) around the room*

Bring your knees up to your chest while exhaling slowly

*screaming ensues because you took back your glasses... baby is clinging to your leg as you attempt to sit down to do more yoga*


At this point I figured all was lost. There was no hope for relaxation. The baby needed attention, and although I was in need of serious stretching, baby comes first. He is asleep now and although that enables me to do yoga, I am no longer wanting to do it. Imagine that. Who needs yoga when you have a baby to give you the energy you need to greet the day?
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