Lately my daughter has been teaching me a lot about patience…and my lack thereof. As a family photographer, I have infinite patience with other people’s kids. It’s my own child that pushes my buttons.
I’ve turned to my yoga practice for ways to help keep my cool. These 3 breath techniques are working for me. They take seconds to do and they give me space and time to pause. They help me modulate my response or at least make it an appropriate one. Whether you are a yogi or not, the next time you feel your temperature rising, try this:
1. 3 Deep Breaths: I do this at the start of my practice and at the beginning of every class. Pause. Take 3 deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose and out through your nose…or sigh the breath out through your mouth. (whichever feels right for you.) These 3 breaths are often enough to cool things down.
2. Ground Yourself: Take a deep breath. Breathe out and imagine that your breath goes down into the earth through your feet. Imagine sending roots down into the earth with your breath. Repeat as many times as you need, then respond to your child.
3. 3-Count Breath: Take a deep breath in, counting slowly to 3. Exhale to 3, trying to make your exhale just as long as your inhale. Repeat two or three times. Then respond.
I hope these breath techniques help you as much as they have me. Do you have any other helpful ideas? Please share in the comments below.
If you are interested in learning more about yoga and/or breath & meditation, I’m now booking for the next term beginning 20 April. All classes are small group of less than 5 students and taught in a private studio in Windsor. The schedule includes Hatha yoga classes for different abilities (some very athletic, some more restorative) and also Mindfulness classes that combine yoga stretching, breath and relaxation/meditation. Perfect for reducing stress and becoming more present. Please email me on: dbalyoz[at]mac[dot]com or find me on Facebook: Denise Balyoz Yoga.
Yoga is my ‘ME’ time. I’m learning to protect this time. It makes me a better Mum….
The only place I fully relax is in this studio. My kids even follow me to the bathroom!
Yoga is my fitness…but also I love the mental shift that comes from practice. I feel it when I miss a week.
Gift vouchers come in any amount: Offering classes in both yoga and mindfulness & relaxation. Classes are private or in groups of 5 or less…lots of personalisation.
Now booking for the Spring term which begins 20 April…and for the upcoming Sun Salutation Workshop on 27 March. Please contact me for full details.
From the bottom of my heart…thank you to EVERYONE who supported us during the last several weeks. Our journey was easier for all of the cards, gifts, texts, FB messages, calls, flowers and love. I have been amazed by the support and feel so very grateful…and blessed. Thought you might enjoy seeing a bit of our adventure…
Last Thursday we checked into Moorfields Hospital to stay in the Ronald McDonald House. What a wonderful charity…I am forever thankful. Unfortunately, during the night Phoebe developed a bad tummy. So though, we were there with Monkey and in our PJs, they wouldn’t admit us into theatre. Time for Phoebe, Monkey and Laura (the Meerkat) to go back home.
On Monday morning, I drove back into London…2nd time lucky. They let her in. But because she wasn’t on the regular roster, we had to wait all morning for a slot. Lots and lots of time for art….And Dora watching….trying to forget the hunger pains…Strangely enough, getting the ‘Magic Cream’ was pretty traumatic. Phoebe didn’t want to have the plastic bandage on her hands. However, she was reassured to know that Monkey had the Magic Cream when he once had an operation.
And post operation….with a patch….Strangely enough, it helped for Phoebe to know exactly what was going on. I explained it al to her. She watched the cannula (IV) go in to her hand. And…she wanted to remove her bandage herself. The nurses were impressed.
We were released the same day…and on Tuesday we went out for a short walk.
Thank you again….love from us both….
2 Jan 2015 – A trip into town…as Elsa. Day 16 – Learning to sew. Day 17 – Fog on the Long Walk Day 18 – On the way to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we stopped in Hamleys on Oxford Street. Day 19 – Homeopathic Remedies…a big part of Phoebe’s healing journey. Day 20 – Jumping on the bed before school Day 21 – It’s a dog’s life…
Day 9: Sometimes she does things that melt my heart. Day 10 – a walk with a friend. Day 11. Elsa makes art. Day 12…it was a week of walks. This time with another friend. And the dog! Day 13…ahh a frosty, foggy morning. We dashed out to be in it. Day 14 – Learning to play Othello…a childhood favourite of mine.