Since experiencing the positive impact of yoga on the mind, body, and spirit over 10 years ago, I have come to recognize the imperative role that yoga plays in my life. It is truly my bread and butter, my heart and soul, my sanity. It makes me a better mom, wife, daughter, and sister. Because of this, I feel the gift of yoga is one of the greatest gifts I can pass on to my 5-month old daughter, Sarah Ann. I truly believe yoga has helped her to adapt to a healthy sleep-wake cycle, self-soothe, and adopt good eating habits—all resulting in a more balanced infancy.
The yoga bond that began in the womb really set a strong foundation for a trusting relationship between us. Since my pregnancy, Sarah Ann has experienced the positive effects of breath work, asanas or poses, and meditation. From week 16 onward, I maintained a regular practice which included gentle flow yoga with an emphasis on breath work and meditation. This not only prevented aches and pains in my body (i.e. sciatica, stress on the low back, and swollen ankles), but also allowed me to connect with the little being inside me. Once she was born, I would often practice my ujjayi breathing while nursing or when she was in the baby bjorn: