8 yoga lessons from my baby

by Christina on January 9, 2015

A new job and new baby means I am not going to be able to have the physical yoga practice I used to. I’ve really been treasuring my time with Jackson, and have begun to realize how much yoga he is actually teaching me in our time together.

So when I can’t make it to the yoga studio, I can at least try to appreciate his lessons to me:

1) Be present. Jackson lives fully in the present moment. He doesn’t dwell on the past and definitely doesn’t worry about the future.

2) Feel emotions fully. Jackson does not hold back on his feelings. He freely giggles with joy, kicks his legs with excitement when happy, and has a good cry when something is bothering him.

3) Smile with your entire body. Jackson’s smile fills his entire body. It fills his mouth, his eyes, his fingers and his toes.

4) Eat when hungry. Jackson’s body signals when he is hungry and he eats. Just the right amount – not too much, not too little.

5) Don’t stay angry. Jackson gets upset about only reasonable things, fully expresses his feelings, and then lets them go. He would never stay angry, he would never hold a grudge.

6) Wake up with the sun. Jackson loves the mornings and wakes up with the sun. There is so much to see and do and learn.

7) Be less selfish. It’s not about me anymore. Jackson trumps pretty much everything and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

8) It’s not about your physical body. Growing, carrying, and birthing Jackson was a bit traumatic to my body (to say the least). Looking at him makes that sacrifice seem trivial and reminds me to let go of my attachment to my pre-baby body.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Palmer January 10, 2015 at 2:02 am

I especially like #6 Wake up with the Sun. I’d like to do that!


david January 19, 2015 at 7:16 am

Hello Christina,
This is the real yoga isn’t it? To adapt creatively to the world around you? If yoga was just asana we could all go to gymnastics boot camp. A small sentient being has been on an incredible journey to get where he now is. There is as much yoga in caring for him as there is in headstand lotus. Yoga is a healing and restorative practice, so with the plant based diet and the physical practice you have the tools to recover and change into a stronger better version of yourself. Changed at a cellular level. One green meal and one ujjayi breath at a time. And you have your tiny guru to keep you on the straight and narrow.
All the best, david.


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