On Sunday afternoon, I rolled out my yoga mat for the first time since having Baby, and oh boy did it feel good.
My body has been aching for some time on the mat for a few weeks now and my mind has often travelled to the thought of settling into a beautiful Shavasana.
So with my older girls having a sleepover at their grandparents’ house and my youngest happily snuggling in her daddy’s arms for an afternoon nap, I pulled on my favourite leggings, rolled out my yoga mat, lit a scented candle and started up my new post-natal yoga DVD for some much needed me time.
While I used a few yoga poses to soothe aching parts of my body during pregnancy, I have not completed a full class since I was about 20 weeks pregnant.
I could almost feel my body give a sigh of relief as I stretched, and my mind felt so relaxed as I breathed through each pose. There was nothing better than taking those calming breaths in Child’s Pose or feeling strong and steady in Warrior I.
I now realise that yoga has become a part of who I am. It calms and soothes my spirit.
When I find time for yoga, even just once a week, I feel more centred for the days ahead and often return to the calming, breathing techniques in moments when family life gets a little crazy.
Since Sunday, I have also pulled back out my favourite 10-minute guided meditations for mums, something else I have not given myself time for since having Baby but realise is more important now than ever before.
It’s really, really good to be back.
Let’s not leave it so long next time, my beautiful friend.
What do you do to soothe and refresh your mind and spirit? Have you tried yoga or meditation?