October 16, 2014

4 Reasons why Mothers must do Yoga.

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Isn’t it ironic that most moms we know are aware of the benefits of Yoga?

Yet, such few are practicing it.

They wish to take it up but find it very hard with their punishing schedules. I know all about that, as I am mom to two boys. Add to that the household chores, cooking, my own professional work and most days I have no clue where the time went.

It was even tougher when they were babies. Through incessant feedings, diaper changes and sleep deprivation, there were times when I felt like I was losing my mind. Then there was the worrying bit.

As soon as you become a parent, you are a worrier for life: questioning and counter questioning every decision, every choice you make.

Many of us are so exhausted by night that we just hit the bed. Where is the time for yoga then?

Trust me, you can find time for it just as I have done. Here are four reasons why moms must make time for yoga:

1. Yoga provides stress relief:

A mother does the maximum work around the house. Even my sons concede that. A mom does most of the household chores, cooking and caregiving for the family and elders, helping children with their chores and bringing them up. Add to it the additional stress of working outside the home and you have a mom on autopilot mode struggling with stresses on a regular basis. Meditation and breathing exercises help immensely with managing stress and coping better. They are also known to boost immunity and increase concentration.

2. Yoga helps in weight management and building bone density:

Mothers are at risk of losing bone density, as they exercise less. They also struggle with excess post-pregnancy weight. Yoga is gentle on the joints, helps with flexibility and toning of the body. Yoga asanas or postures increase balance and use body’s own weight for strengthening the muscles, bones and joints in the body. Yet, Yoga is not as harsh as some of the other exercise systems. Mothers need it to stay fit and healthy.

3. Yoga prevents depression:

Young mothers face an increased risk of Post-Partum Depression and mood swings due to hormonal yoyos. Yoga helps in evening out these spikes by managing anxiety and keeping the mind calm.

4. Yoga prevents chronic diseases:

Research has proven that Yoga helps in preventing inflammation. It also helps in pain management and reduction of stress. All these help in prevention of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and so on.

Yes, motherhood is a time in a woman’s life where she is transformed physically and emotionally. This is precisely the reason why it is also the time to invest more into you, to nurture your body and mind.

Try to plan for yoga on a weekly basis. Try to fit it in the mornings or late evenings when your spouse or partner can chip in. Break your yoga practice down into minor chunks fitting in 10 to 15 minutes when you have time. It will benefit you immensely.

I can’t recommend yoga enough to all mothers. Please do make time for it.

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Editor: Catherine Monkman

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