Motherhood & Yoga

Yogic Mothering

posted Jan 8, 2012, 4:54 PM by Maureen Crowley   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 3:30 PM ]

"You are very mothering in the way you teach Yoga and very yogic in the way you mother" my friend Megan said to me after attending my Yoga class. I think that was the most meaningful compliment I ever received for it is exactly what I strive for in my life. Being a mother is the ultimate form of Yoga as it requires breath, patience, strength, balance, and love. Yoga is not just the poses we practice, Yoga is a lifestyle.
Yoga guided me during my pregnancy, my labor, and now as I raise my son. I am so grateful.

Hudson Arthur Crowley

posted Jan 5, 2012, 11:57 AM by Maureen Crowley   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 3:17 PM ]

Our baby boy, Hudson Arthur Crowley, was welcomed into the world at 8:01am on October 31st, 2011. He was 7lbs4oz and 21inches long.
During our birth we worked together as a family to bring Hudson into the world. It was a time when I drew immensely on my strength and flexibility from my Yoga practice; it was a time of great effort and great love. One part I remember in particular was using the deep resonating "om" sound for several hours through each contraction. Lucas and I would make the sound together to get me through the contraction and in between I would breath. There were of course moments where I lost my breath due to the shear intensity of the process, but like in any Yoga practice we are constantly reminded to 'come back to the breath.' Time and time again I did just that.
In his first week of life he demonstrated to me all the qualities I had hoped to give to him during pregnancy. In Yoga philosophy there is an understanding that the mother can intend her energy toward her baby in the form of ojas, or gifts,  for her child. Hudson showed incredible strength, bravery, trust, patience, and grace. He was calm, peaceful and full of love. His character was a reminder to us all.
My mental and emotional strength gained immensely through the practice of mindfullness and yoga, restorative yoga in particular, helped me through a beautiful but tough labor and 4 nights of our son being in the neonatal special care nursery at the hospital. Now nearly 10 weeks later, we are all still madly in love as a new little family, and enjoying our baby boy. Click on the 3 attachments below to see pictures of Hudson during his first week of life. I am in absolute awe of my sweet son.
"Oh sweet bliss; that magical time when you first greet the flesh of your flesh and the bones of your bones. Savor the moment, as it will forever be etched in you entire being."

Our Deepest Presence

posted Sep 30, 2011, 2:39 PM by Maureen Crowley   [ updated Sep 30, 2011, 3:34 PM ]

Rumi wrote: "Our deepest presence is in our expanding and contracting. The two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as Birds Wings."
As I surrender into the final days or perhaps weeks of my first pregnancy I am reminded of Rumi's wise words. Yoga has taught me to know and trust my body in a way that I wish all pregnant women could feel. So I will allow myself this time of deep patience, deep rest, and deep letting go as I await for the moment my infinitely wise baby makes his or her decision to come into this world. The picture below of me in Side-Lying Rest Pose is my example of how to embody the beauty and feminity of pregnancy with the sweet subtle surrender that Yoga can offer. When it is indeed time I shall discover as Rumi says the presence of my expanding and contracting and be grateful for my body's wisdom and the life that it has created and will soon bring into my arms.
Many blessings to all the mothers and mothers-to-be in the world.
Your Yoga Dreams Mama,
Maureen Crowley

Tadasana 'Mountain Pose' & Motherhood

posted Aug 24, 2010, 10:50 PM by Maureen Crowley   [ updated Jan 8, 2012, 4:45 PM ]

My son Hudson is now 2 and 1/2 months and already 13lbs, which is no light load when you carry him all day long. A friend asked me after holding him, "You're back must be hurting?!" I am happy to report however, that it is not because I try to practice awareness and good posture while holding him and moving around with him in my arms or in one of our baby carriers.
Shout out to the Moby wrap and ErgoBaby carriers - they are awesome products that allow you to have your baby close to your heart at all times while still getting a few things done or just going for a walk. We had our first family hike yesterday, 2.5 miles through the canyon near our home, and little Hudson rode in the Ergo the whole way.
In Yoga one of the key poses is Tadasana, or Mountain Pose. A seeminly simple pose, but it's all about your intention. True you are essentially just standing upright; however, it's about the quality of your stance. When in Tadasana the yogi strives to have grounded feet, strong legs, a neutral pelvis, a strong core, an open chest, relaxed shoulders, a long neck, and most importantly a calm demeanor and of course a smooth breathing pattern. As mothers we often hunch forward or lean toward one hip, but with Tadasana we can return to a greater awareness. Instantly I feel a sense of ease throughout my body when I gently remind myself of my posture while holding Hudson. 
A bonus to Tadasana: it builds deep core strength and what mom doesn't want to rebuild her core! 
So whether you are carrying a child, groceries, or any other load physical or mental, be aware of how you are carrying yourself. May you stand with poise, confidence, and balance.

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