No one told me having a baby meant I would have zero time for writing! Well, they sort of did (and this isn't my first rodeo) so I should have known I wouldn't be able to write two blogs a week let alone a month.
Still, I'm tryin' people, I'm tryin to write once a month. I have like 4 blogs in my mind ready to go, too bad I can't teleport them along with the most perfect corresponding pictures onto the computer.
Truth time: My mind and body are a little mushy right now. And I just lost 3/4 of this blog to poor saving skills on the computer so i'm a mama on the verge!
This doesn't sound like a person who is 'om-worthy' does it? This whole blog is supposed to be about my (one-time) Yoga journey...my ascent to finding inner peace and harmony while simultaneously holding a tiny babe.
Two months into baby-dom I thought "hey, Allegra, your FB friend Jade Newkirk is a Pre/Post Natal Yogi Guru why don't you organize some downward doggin' mommy and me time?!"
So that's just what I did. I managed to get 20 moms together (no small feat), and rather than take the regularly scheduled Baby and Me Yoga class at Montclair B.A.B.Y, I asked Jade if we could meet in a local park and we prayed for good weather. **By the way the first Yoga class you take with Jade at Montclair B.A.B.Y is always free so def check it out.**
Twenty mins before I was supposed to hop in the car and drive to Dunkin -- this wasn't just any Yoga class ladies and gents, it was a JAVA and Yoga class (I had to get the coffee for the moms!!) -- I found some raggedy old pants and I jetted. Naturally, baby Hart looked good and was of course dressed to the nines.
With my jug-o-Dunkin Donuts coffee and assorted muffins in hand, I arrived to Yoga class and Jade eased all us ladies and our new babies into various poses. This was a new experience for all of us, even the Yogi's in the audience, this time they were doin' it with a baby!
Listen guys, I already said I wasn't a Yogi (**Sidenote..one of my best friends is a literal Guru and I still can't manage to do Yoga more than once a year**) so I can't remember too much of the actual yoga terms other than downward dog, asana and OM...oh and the 'twinkle twinkle little yoga star' song was a mighty adorable addition to the class.
The babies cooed, cried, ate and slept. The mamas focused on letting light and space in and out.
Baby & Me Yoga with Jade was a, just-strenuous-enough, movement-and-sing-a-long-morning-with-my-baby-after-just-having-had-a-baby-experience. And Jade said something in class that got me.
Jade told us, each and every mom, "make space in your body to make peace in your mind." Did she make that up? Is it typical Yogi talk and I'm just fascinated by it because it's a clear winner when it comes to resonating with me and where I am at RIGHT NOW in my life...
Mindfulness. Awareness. Consciousness.
Yes, yes, yes!
For me this means remembering to BE HERE NOW. I was there at that moment making the most of my postpartum journey with my baby in tow. As Jade motioned to the gaggle of mamas who were gathered in a field, to breathe in and breather out, I got it. That was it, just BE.
I // you // me...WE. New mamas, old mamas, dads and dudes. Grandmas, grandpas, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins! Simply put, lets focus on these very present and precious moments in front of us now.
During yoga I worried I wasn't taking enough pinterest-worthy pics but now I get it. I was mentally making 'meaningful mindful moments.'
...cause long as you are there in that moment -- right then and there -- when it matters most, a moment where you listen to yourself, stop and focus on making space -- peace will find it's way within.