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.