When I first began practicing yoga, I found that the changes in my heart were so much greater than the changes in my body. At the time, I was working in the physically demanding, stressful, and fast paced environment of the restaurant industry. Yoga taught me to take things as they come and accept that many factors are out of my control. These were difficult, but necessary lessons for my stubborn type A personality. The peace in my heart made the pace of activity at the restaurant seem to slow down. I was suddenly able to process things more effectively and react more quickly.
The practice of yoga in my everyday life has never been more useful to me than it is now. The physical and emotional demands of being a new mother would have been so much more difficult without my yoga background. From managing the pain of labor, to sleep deprivation, to the frustration of an inconsolable baby, to the many challenges of breast feeding, yoga has given me the inner strength to face the challenges of motherhood. Just when I feel like I have reached my limit, I take a few slow deep breaths and I find that I have more to give.