Three Yoga Sequences for Busy Parents.

Via Kristen Eykel
on Aug 21, 2012
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I have been a Yoga Junkie for two decades now.

Seriously, I have been a student of so many different teachers and forms—stuff that is classically based and things that I think someone made up after ingesting a few too many hallucinogenics. For me, it’s all usually pretty interesting and sometimes I have come away with a little gem that I did not expect. Especially now that I have been a teacher for so long, it can be easy to get jaded or think that you have seen and done it all.

The same, I think, can go for students. A teacher whom I respect once said that folks go to class to practice, not to learn. It struck me because of the simple truth in that statement. I know there have been so many times that I have gone to class simply to get my practice in, but have not anticipated actually learning anything. Yet, if we remain open and in the flow we can and we will.

The Cafe Mom crew has a variety of wonderful little videos on YouTube. I was asked to review the Yoga Sequences for Moms taught by Jennifer Pettit and give my take on what they may have to offer:

As a practicing Yogini you may have done every single one of these postures 5,000 times. You may feel adept at some and still struggle with others, like those pesky heels that still will not descend in Downward Facing Dog. But as a teacher and still a student myself, what I most liked most was the end of the class.

Yes, I love the Sun Salutations and the planks and am a huge fan of Bridges, especially with blocks…but what I really enjoyed as a teacher and as a student, was her description at the end of the class on four poses that you may have been doing for years, and still may not do correctly.

Her simple breakdown of the postures as well as a modification are a great “a-ha!” moment for those of us who always question, “Does this look right?”.

Giving yourself 15 minutes to do a sweet and simple yoga class is not really that much to commit to, is it? ( Hello? I made the 12-Minute Workout. I am a firm believer in the quick and easy application of daily yoga! ). That said, once you do commit to give yourself over to her clear and direct communication of the postures, you may feel a teensy bit more in your center as well as more confident in the surrender to a posture you may have thought that you knew so well.

 The link to all 3 workouts is here. Here is more meaningful inspiration for your practice:

Re-awakening: A Yogi’s Journey Through Pose.

So You Need a Quick 15-Minute Pick Me Up?

Pre-Natal Yoga: An Easy Sequence to Do at Home.


~Edited by Jill Barth.


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About Kristen Eykel

Kristen Eykel CHt. has been in Media her entire life but her job description defies gravity. A consummate world traveller, her career has moved from Top Model in Paris to TV Host in America. She is a Spokesperson & Yoga Expert for Total Woman Gyms, a Certified Hypnotherapist, IKYTA and Yoga Alliance Certified Yogini, Birth Doula, Writer and Mother to 2 gorgeous home-birthed children. She has lived all over the world in an environmentally conscious way for over 20 years. From driving a hybrid to offsetting her carbon footprint for plane travel, to utilizing only non-toxic, biodegradable products in her home, Kristen “reduces, re-uses and recycles” everything she possibly can. Which makes her a bit of a packrat. She can also talk about composting far more than most people feel comfortable with. She loves gourmet cooking and dreams of the perfect Bed & Breakfast in Bali. She is a complete eco-hippy who firmly believes that fine cashmere, 4- inch heels & French lingerie are every woman's birthright. She is also pretty confident that she and most of her audacious friends would have been burned at the stake- and with very good cause indeed.


4 Responses to “Three Yoga Sequences for Busy Parents.”

  1. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: Health & Wellness, Family & Yoga.

  2. […] Bathroom break? Lunch? Cup of tea? Suddenly it seems like the most difficult thing in the world to make time for the simplest of things. The number of times I’ve cried/moaned/cursed in frustration […]

  3. @Yogi_Scott says:

    Wonderful article by a Beautiful Yogini. Love the sequences you shared and as always, your dedication to your practice shows on every level.