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Instant Pick-Me-Up: Yoga Stretches You Can Do With Your Kids Milling About

'I like being tired and grumpy with the rooms spinning...' said no mother ever.

I like being tired and grumpy with the room spinning…‘ said no mother ever.

You feel like staring at the wall, or curling up under the covers, or dropping to the floor, or maybe even like running down the street screaming!  But, nope… You’re home with the kids and you’re stuck.  Forced into being attentive, alert, understanding and super-human-ish.  No matter how tired you are, or how much the room is spinning, you are mom (or dad) and you are on duty!   Energy sliding into oblivion… what should you do?   Reach for the coffee?  Turn on the tube?  Check facebook (again)?  No!  You can do something much better!

Push the toys aside!  Roll out the yoga mat or lay out a blanket, crack open the windows, make a nice space and get down on the floor!  Here’s just a few ideas for yoga poses that you can do with the kids.  It only takes a few minutes of bringing awareness to your body and breath to make you feel semi-super-human again!  The kids will love that you’re taking time out of the day to do something different and will probably even join in!  Of course, doing yoga by yourself without interruptions is ideal… but when you’re on the brink of exhaustion, a little bit is better than nothing.

Disclaimer: [This post is merely meant to suggest some simple yoga stretches that you may have already learned.  When practicing yoga, it is always best to learn in the presence of certified yoga teacher and to get their advice if you have a pre-existing injury or medical condition.]

If you are looking for a yoga or meditation course in your area, I highly recommend taking the nearest Sri Sri Yoga course, or the Art of Living Course.   These are the courses that I am a trained teacher in.

Breath of Joy

Breath in, arms up.  Exhale, wraps your arms around your chest.

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A quick shirt change (don’t ask).

Twist

Let your arms go floppy and twist gently back and forth.

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Triangle Pose

To the right and to the left.  Hold the pose on each side for a few breaths or until your kids discover that your legs form an excellent tunnel.

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Inhale as you lift your head up, exhale as you drop your head and round your spine.  Repeat until your baby comes over for a kiss.

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Child’s Pose

I’m not sure what pose the doll is doing next to me?  Rest here bringing awareness to your breath, until one of your kids jumps on your back.

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Downward Dog

Stay here for a few breaths, keep reaching your chest to the floor with each exhalation, until that said chest bumps into the three year old who is lurking beneath.

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Row Row Row Your Boat

When in Rome… do as the children do…

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Keep your naval so that it’s touching the floor.  Be especially mindful if you have lower back pain.  Hold the pose for a few breaths, or until someone tries to crown you with a pair of swim goggles.

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A few more floor exercises with or without baby jumping on for extra weighted balance 

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Bend right leg, then do the left

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Bend both knees

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Reach, but don’t touch.. good for those abs

Finish up with a selfie facial massage while the kids fight over the swim goggles.. whatever… do I look like I care?

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These are just a few ideas!  But, don’t stop with them!  Add to them and have fun!  And, most important… REMEMBER to do them when you feel your energy reaching rock bottom.

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6 Responses »

  1. Wow…….that’s just the advice I was looking for ! Others just kept telling me to go to bed earlier or nap when my child naps, or take him out and let him run around, that will tire him out !!
    Obviously these people have forgotten or have never had children !
    Nap when he naps, been there and tried it of course, I’m a mum I’m not stupid ! As soon as I lay down either he wakes up, someone comes round, the phone rings or I just lay there thinking about the washing that’s piling up because my machine has broken !
    Take him out and let him run around,that’s what I do every day, I do not sit inside watching tv, I don’t own a tv, when I’m home it’s because I’ve just got back from playgroup, swimming or some other activity with my boy.
    Yoga sounds perfect, just let him get on with things while I do my yoga and if he wants to join in then great.
    Sorry for the bit of a moan……..in great need of yoga and meditation time.

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    • I actually try to sleep when my kids sleep, but we all sleep in the same bed! If I haven’t done my full yoga practice of yoga poses, breathing and meditation, then I sneak out of bed and do it on the floor next to them. Otherwise, if my husband’s been home in the morning and watched the kids, then I totally crash with them when they take a nap. We also do not have a TV, I love it that way 🙂 I think every mama is in need of some yoga and meditation time!

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  2. hahahahahaaaaa! that was hilarious!
    & really good too 🙂

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  3. Great post Kate. My body and mind are really looking forward to doing a Sri Sri Yoga course. Got one coming up in November in Sydney! Yay!

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