Mysore & Motherhood?

by Christina on May 28, 2017

I’ve been slowly exploring getting back to a mysore practice and am now trying to find a way to make it sustainable. It’s a practice that has been with me now for almost 15 years of my life, through medical school and residency, yet it’s been motherhood that seems to be the biggest barrier.

The good news is I found a great teacher and mysore community that’s <10 minutes away. Sharath was recently here at Stanford teaching and I was luckily able to make it to one of his classes.

Here’s a nice video about Sharath’s recent visit that helps explain some of why I love the practice and why I want to find a way to get it back into my life — hope you enjoy!

Ever since having my older son 3 years ago I have chosen not to practice mysore regularly, thoughI’ve definitely gotten to know and practice seventh series well. I haven’t yet figured out how to juggle family life, motherhood, and a career, though do realize that I need the yoga practice more than ever now.

My main barriers to practice:

  • Missing the sweet cuddly morning time with my kids — this time will not last for long, and I ache for them when my practice takes me away
  • The burden on my husband if I leave for 2 hours — understandably it’s stressful for him to cloth, feed, and care for the boys while also trying to get ready for his day
  • My career — I have to be dressed and caffeinated by 8am so it’s always a rush even if I’m not doing yoga

Thinking about what could help make it happen:

  • Being able to bring the kids and let them play in the room next door with other kids — are there any examples of places doing something like this?
  • A mysore-mom group/facebook group — I find virtual communities can be really supportive when I can’t always connect in person with people. It makes some of the isolation of motherhood less lonely. Maybe there’s already one out there?
  • Being able to actually practice at home (as any mom knows, this is impossible with a toddler and baby around).

Any advice out there?

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