Whether you're going to do mum and baby yoga or taking time for yourself for your own yoga class, watching your baby can teach you a lot.
As I sit watching my six month old repeatedly work to crawl just a few inches to grasp an out of reach doll, I’m amazed at the consistency and effort that she puts in each and every time she’s left on her belly.
Day after day she works on the same practice never giving up or feeling disheartened until one fine day she achieves her goal and then moves on to something new.
I’m reminded of my yoga students and myself working to achieve a new and exciting pose!
“Practice, practice, all is coming”, a quote from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the father of Ashtanga, is so often repeated by yoga teachers and students all over the world.
Mum and baby yoga – how watching your baby helps your practice
But what exactly does it mean?
Once a week at your local yoga studio?
Three times a week on a monthly unlimited class pass?
What about a daily home practice with the odd class to get some additional guidance from a teacher?
In the fast-paced world we live in, the average yoga student expects so much from their body and mind in such a short space of time.
I often hear how a student has been working on a particular pose for “years” and still can’t do it, but really in those years how many hours have been put in?
Maybe a minute a week at class over 2 years? That’s less than 2 hours working on that pose! What can one expect?
If you want to achieve a new pose and you are dedicated to working on it, do it a few times daily, along with working on additional poses that will support you in mastering your final goal over a period of a month and see what the progression is like.
Like a baby, you might crawl at first, but with practise, you’ll soon be walking.
By Paula Mitten, Durga Yoga, Maynooth