This is a guest post by Tara Darlington, a Yoga Teacher and specialist in the areas of Birth, Motherhood and Parenting. Tara's work with her clients is wholistic and healing, she nurtures her clients through the many transitional phases of a mother's journey while also teaching them the tools to nurture themselves.
Being overwhelmed is a very real state of being for most mamas these days. In between making sure that our children’s practical and emotional needs are met, there are partners and friends and pets that all need us. Throw in work, childcare, school and extra curricular activities for the kids, it can feel like a never ending cycle of checking off items on an ever growing to do list.
I'm have been so excited to reveal this interview with Yoga Parent Rebecca Ryan since I discovered her on Instagram and Twitter. Her handle @mindfulnessformothers caught my attention straight away.
Imagine my delight to discover that Rebecca has written a book named Mindfulness for Mothers specifically to help mothers of young children find their center through a series of simple meditation and mindfulness techniques.
This time of year we reconnect with the rhythm of our daily routine. We find our way back to our usual waking and bedtimes. We make adjustments in our schedules and synchronise our personal rhythms with those imposed on us by schools and workplaces.
After the storm of activity at the end of a busy year, we find ourselves looking ahead into 2016, possibly with a clutch of resolutions, goals and dreams we are hoping to manifest this year.
While the turning of the calendar might be a completely arbitrary time, the symbolism and energy of closing off a year and stepping into a new one makes it a superb time to check in with where we are today and what we wish to look forward to.
I am so humbled and excited to share this interview with the accomplished and very thought provoking New York yoga teacher, J. Brown. I've followed J. for many years via his blog, and now his Yoga Talks podcast conversations. He delves right into the pressing issues around what yoga has become in the West and shares insights into yoga "culture" as well as personal and raw experiences of this practice.
I’m drowning in a sea of plastic containers. Where there were once only a few, they seem to have multiplied to the point of needing to occupy the most spacious drawer in our kitchen. They are constantly coming and going with school lunches, they are holding unidentifiable matter in the fridge, and for some reason, finding a matching lid is always a challenge.
My frustration with the situation was increasing and I knew, right there in the middle of it all, that not only were things deteriorating, but that I had so very clumsily tried to handle the situation.
I'm delighted to have here Tara Darlington, a mother of six children from toddler to teenagers, a teacher of yoga, a birth educator, parenting educator and energy healer. She is a passionate advocate of the wisdom of motherhood and the importance of this role in a woman's life, her family, her community.