Last October I hosted a Yin and Meditation class at Kula Yoga in Hawthorn alongside certified yoga instructor Stephanie Williams. The aim of the day was to connect with women in the community and build relationships through self-care.
If you’ve been following me for a little while now, you know how much I value yoga. It was a large part of my healing process and gave me an activity to focus on outside of being a mother – something I can’t recommend enough.
Yin forces us – in a gentle way – to slow down and turn inward. It offers an opportunity to be still and present while taking an hour for ourselves. When I was going through PND and practising yoga regularly, my sleep improved, my anxiety lessened and I felt a positive shift in my mood. Yoga creates community and when you’re in the throes of PND and feeling quite isolated, it can help you to feel more connected.
During our class, Stephanie led us through an hour of Yin where we moved through a series of 5 different positions, paying particular attention to our bodies and our breath. When we practice yoga we create more space in the mind and body, allowing us to put those anxious thoughts aside for an hour and giving our minds a break from the busy world around us.
It’s very difficult to switch off when you’re trying to be a good mother, wife or daughter and often scheduling in some ‘me’ time is often low on the priority list. But it’s important to remember that you can’t even begin to be there for other people if you’re not taking care of yourself first.
We concluded the class with a drop of peppermint oil behind the ears to refresh our senses and slowly moved into a meditation to further promote stillness. When practised regularly (and when you’re not falling asleep because you’re so tired) meditation can do wonders for clearing the mind and keeping you in the present.
My favourite part of the class was our Talking Circle formed at the end. Everyone was treated to a mug of Smiling After PND comfort tea and a No Added protein ball while we entered into a discussion aided by Stephanie’s deck of mindfulness cards. Each card prompted a different area of discussion. Taking it in turns we were able to express our feelings on areas including self-care, opening your heart, being true to yourself and gratitude. The circle was safe, non-judgemental and supportive – a welcome refuge from the outside world.
I highly encourage you to give yoga a try– even if you can only get to one class once a week or need to do it online given our current climate. Your body and your mind will thank you later.
Read more about how I discovered yoga here
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