A Yoga Mom Could Kick A Soccer Mom’s Asana

Via Jennifer Williams-Fields
on May 15, 2011
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I am a mom. My children play soccer. Therefore, apparently that makes me the all-powerful soccer mom.  I am part of the group that holds political power and influences all the buying decisions.

Picture courtesy www.my-yoga-blog.blogspot.com

I’m proud to admit though I don’t always quite fit in with the stereotype of a soccer mom.  Sure I cheer for my children and chauffer them to their practices and team parties. But if you were to take a peek into the trunk of my SUV, mixed in with the soccer balls, cleats and shin guards you’d also find a yoga mat. I am a Yoga Mom.

While my children are practicing, rather than critique their skills or work from my iPhone, I’m the mom who rolls out her yoga mat and moves through a few yoga poses.  Sometimes I’ve taken a nice little run/walk first and I’m using my yoga practice to stretch out the muscles that just carried me for those 2 miles.  Oh it feels so good to go deeper into a crescent lunge and stretch those hip flexors.  Or to lift my hips higher to the sky while my fingers stretch out in the grass for a down dog.

Yes, I have gotten some odd looks from the other parents. Who does she think she is? She’s just showing off! Is she one of those liberal, hippy moms? Has she even signed up for snack time yet?

“The trophies mean nothing. The glory will fade. In the end all that matters is your happiness.” — Unknown

Recently my non-conformist behavior really set the soccer set buzzing.  As we waited for the game to begin, I was sipping from a quart-sized Ball Jar; the ingredients were quite suspect by the other parents and their Big Gulp cups of soda. I swear they moved their chair further away from me when I said it was an organic juiced creation I made that morning as part of a weekend Ayurvedic cleanse.

Since soccer practice is almost always scheduled right before or after one of my yoga classes, I’m usually dressed in yoga pants and tank top. The other moms must wonder if I own regular clothes. I carry a light jacket in my car to cover up with, but when the sun is shining and the temperature is climbing, I don’t hesitate to take off the jacket and soak up as much vitamin D as I can.

I must look like I’m more interested in sun bathing than what’s happening on the soccer field. I promise, though, I always know the score and which position the kids are playing.

I love kicking off my shoes and digging my feet into the well-manicured grass and dirt. My bare feet pacing the sidelines are as much about watching the action on the field, as it is a walking meditation.

Yep, I’m getting those looks again.

That’s ok. I ignore the whispers and the looks. I’m doing what’s best for me and moving my body and breathing. I am finding a few moments in an over-scheduled, over-stressed day to just be present. And maybe even setting an example for my children that even soccer moms need to keep their bodies healthy and strong. Even moms need time to practice their chosen sport.

Oh and by the way, yes I have signed up for snack and this liberal, hippy mom will be bringing an organic healthy treat for the kids next week.


About Jennifer Williams-Fields

Jennifer Williams-Fields is passionate about writing, yoga, traveling, public speaking and being a fabulous single momma to six super kids. Doing it all at one time, however, is her great struggle. She has been teaching yoga since 2005 and writing since she first picked up a crayon. Although her life is a sort of organized chaos, she loves every minute of the craziness and is grateful for all she’s learned along the way. Jennifer was a featured speaker at the 2015 inaugural CourageMakers Conference and is a regular guest speaker for local media outlets. Her motivational talks on gratitude, addiction and self care have been called “inspiring and life changing.” She has had her essays featured on Yahoo!, Dr. Oz The Good Life and Scary Mommy. She is a regular writer for Parent.co, YourTango and YogaUOnline. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, her blog or website.


14 Responses to “A Yoga Mom Could Kick A Soccer Mom’s Asana”

  1. Maria says:

    I'm not a soccer mom but I still would find you annoying if I saw you at practice. Do us all a favor and stay home.

  2. Howie says:

    Keep doing what your doing; maybe some of those soccer moms will also develop an interest and join you one day.

  3. Nadine says:

    I always wonder what brings someone who would site a comment like this to this site. But it's probably a good thing in the hope that you pick something up somewhere on here that might tone down the gratuitous snark.

  4. maria says:

    Your first "site" should have been "cite".

  5. yogiclarebear says:

    liberal hippy mom?! that better by a HYBRID SUV you are driving! 😉 😉 enjoyed your piece jennifer. keep doing what you are doing.

  6. patti says:

    So awesome to know I'm not the only one with yoga mats & soccer gear in the back of my car! Great article! Thanks!

  7. Love it, Jennifer.

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

    Bob W.
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  8. Colin Wiseman says:

    Weirdo!! And you know something…am right there with you! Am no soccer mom, being male and living in the UK, but I take my mat where ever I go. If I don't get a chance to practice, it makes a great seat on slightly damp grass 😀

  9. Ursula says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I see you liked my picture and copied it from my blog.

    Isn't it a matter of politeness (and copyright) to name the source instead of just copying it and using it for your own public purposes?

    Here is the link where you copied it. http://my-yoga-blog.blogspot.com/2010/06/yoga-yog


  10. Ursula

    My sincerest apologies. I didn't realize it was from your blog. I found the picture on google images


    Scroll about halfway down the page and you will see it.

    Of course if I had taken it from a private source I would have named the source. There was no harm or deceit intended.

    In fact, now that you've brought it to my attention, you will see the photo caption has already been corrected.


  11. If you want to be absolutely sure about the free availability of a photo, without trying to track down each owner, if any, is to just use free stock photo sites, like these:

  12. Just posted to "Popular Lately" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

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  13. Ursula says:

    Thank you very much Jennifer!

    All the best for you and your kids. Ursula

  14. Ursula says:

    Thank you, Bob.

    Cordially greetings and all the best.

    Elephantjournal is awesome.