When I read Jennica’s post about meditation a couple weeks ago, I started thinking about my own self-meditation preferences- yoga. Personally, I can’t sit still for a movie in the movie-theater let alone sit in my front room while I see piles of messes. I just can’t relax when there is so much to do. My kids need to be in bed, my house in order and quiet. Then I can do yoga, in the dark.
Yes, I suggest doing exercise in the dark. When you have a busy mind like me, you see one article of clothing on the floor that reminds me to switch the laundry or pre-clean a shirt. Whatever the item, something out of place always reminds me to do or fix something. But, if it’s dark I can’t see any items. I can instead focus on my breathing.
Are you flexible? When asked this question, I snort. Ha! My legs are at least ten inches longer than my arms (*over exaggeration) but really, there is NO WAY I can touch my toes. So when someone suggested I try yoga for pregnant flexibility I laughed. Isn’t yoga for flexible people? That’s definitely not me! Yet, I was convinced to buy a DVD and gave it a shot.
What I discovered about yoga is: it’s the perfect way to slow down and meditate- go figure. And yoga helped me become more flexible. I can’t magically touch my toes without bending my knees, but when normal pregnant women couldn’t tie their shoes, I still could! I owe it all to Yoga!
What I love about this Gaiam DVD is the three different levels of yoga. Three different women demonstrate different levels of experience level and different levels of pregnancy. In the beginning of my pregnancy, my husband and I joked about the adjusted yoga moves of the large pregnant women. But, when I was in my second and third trimester I was thankful for the adjustments. As silly as those large women looked in the beginning, their adjustments got me through my much-needed yoga session.
If you are like me and can not focus long enough to meditate- try turning off the lights. Listen to peaceful music or the DVD’s instructions and take slow- deep breaths. If you are pregnant or not and would like to give meditation a shot- I seriously suggest purchasing this DVD. I use this DVD throughout my pregnancy and after. This DVD helps me remain flexible and able to meditate through those tough mom-days too.
Taking deep breaths,
What do you do to help re-center or meditate once the kids are in bed? Share your ideas below.