• Erin Easterly

10 Signs that You're a Mom-Yogi

Updated: Feb 25, 2018

Moms and yoga go together like peanut butter and jelly. They're a natural combination. In fact, from what I can see, most moms started practicing yoga principles long before they even knew that yoga was more than a way to lose baby weight. In fact, it's quite possible that we should be the poster children (maybe with our children) for Patanjali's eight fold path of yoga! Just check out a typical day's application of true yoga in the life of a mom:

Ahimsa -- Non-violence

We don’t injure the kids when they break Grandma's carnival glass, eat our lunch, debut their artistic ability with brightly colored Sharpie on freshly painted walls, use nail polish to paint the flowers on our new comforter, roll their eyes, have emotional outbursts, or deny their relationship to us. We even keep feeding the dog when she randomly pees on the carpet. Yea, we’ve mastered nonviolence.

Satya -- Truthfulness

We’re really good at calling things as they are…and believe me, we’re very truthful when we talk about our kids and husbands!

Asteya -- Non-stealing

We know how to get into our kid’s backpack to retrieve the money they “borrowed” from us. Not only do we not steal…we know how to right a wrong!

Brahmacarya -- Sexual responsibility

We know how to roll over and fake sleep in bed…but we also know how to have fun with our flexibility when the time comes! We're responsible like that.

Aparigraha -- Abstention from greed

Once we become moms we never have anything to ourselves…EVER AGAIN (including bathroom time). We’re definitely not greedy!

Sauca -- Cleanliness

We clean the house everyday. How much cleaner could you get?

Santosa -- Contentment

We don’t ask for much…just a little sleep…and maybe some little wine.

Tapas -- Discipline

Schedule: Up at 6am, make breakfast, drive carpool, work, pick up carpool, chauffeur kids to activities while taking conference calls, make dinner, pack lunches, read stories, collapse in bed…REPEAT indefinitely…now that is some athlete level discipline right there!

Svadhyaya -- Self-study

The kids constantly remind us of our faults, weaknesses, and shortcomings. We HAVE to study ourselves to see if they’re full of shit.

Isvara pranidhana -- Surrender of the self to God

At the end of the day, we realize we can’t control anything…least of all our lives. What’s left to do but surrender?

Yep, mothers have been yogis for a long time. “Bout time the rest of the world caught on.