Yoga Parent - J. Brown

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.

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The joy of Tupperware

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.

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Survival Mode

No doubt you recognise this feeling of being in Survival Mode as a parent.

This sensation of balancing on the precipice happens so often through parenthood no matter how great or how small the issue we are facing.  

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Around the internet

This blog is going to stay focussed on the ideas surrounding yoga as it relates to parenting.  But the internet keeps offering up interesting food for thought, so I'll occasionally post links to things I think you might find of interest. 

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Freedom within the boundaries of parenting

We all have constraints.  Being a parent we have quite a few that just go with the territory.  Just to name a handful:  Constraints on our time, mobility, the number of hands you have free, the number of hours of sleep, time to connect with your partner, how far your dollar needs to go, physical space available, where you can go, what you can do.

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Turning the mundane into the magical

We practice yoga to feel something.  More open, more connected, more free.

Because this is what we want to feel in every moment, not just in the tiny slice of our life on the yoga mat.

Yoga is a way to know ourselves.  We come to know our body.  Then we know our breath.  Then we have access to our own minds.  In this knowing we get that that flash of the clarity and freedom that is possible.  The dichotomy is that in this knowing we also begin to know all the places where we are not fully open and present.

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Capturing the flow of yoga in parenting

Flow.

When you're moving like a well oiled machine.

When all the lights are green.

When you're dancing in the centre of the beat.

The state you enter when everything works as it should, the pieces of the puzzle just fall into place, you loose track of time and your attention is flowing completely into the task at hand.  You catch a glimpse of it when you see elite athletes performing at their peak, the surfer embodies it when they catch that wave and ride it to shore, it's the feeling a yoga practitioner has when their breath and body are in smooth synchronicity.

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