What I learnt from a 4 year old

I thought the parents were meant to teach the kids, not the other way around? Yesterday husband and I learnt a very valuable lesson from our 4-year-old daughter.

Things have not been going so great lately. We were having a new driveway put in when the concretor left mid-way though job, taking our 50% deposit but leaving us with huge piles of dirt for a driveway. One month later we are still trying to get this job completed. Things have been really hectic at work and basically a lot of stuff has been going on in our lives. We are tired and incredibly cranky.

Yesterday in the midst of cooking dinner, cleaning up, feeding pets, helping with homework and dreaming about wine and Netflix, my daughter approaches us and says that we need some quiet yoga time. She lays down, breathes deeply and said “Savasana with me! It makes you feel better.”

Wow! My beautiful little 4-year-old reminded me how important it is to take that time for yourself. My husband and I had not been valuing ourselves and respecting what our bodies and minds needed to stay balanced. We had been taking out our frustrations on those that we hold nearest and dearest.

Controlled yogic breathing has an immediate effect in not only regulating our emotional responses but also our physical response to those emotions, such as blood pressure and heart rate. Think of how many times someone has told you to take a breath when you are upset, and in labour a pregnant woman is told to breathe (pregnancy yoga is especially beneficial for learning those breathing techniques).

During your next class pay particular attention to the breathing techniques that are being taught during Savasana. A take home one though is alternate nostril breathing. Place the middle and index finger of your right hand in the middle of your eyebrows. Place your thumb on the right nostril, and your remaining two fingers (pinky and ring fingers) on the left nostril. Taking a deep breathe in, close the right nostril with your thumb and breathe out though your left nostril. Then take a deep breathe in through the left nostril, close it with your pinky and ring finger, then release the thumb from the right nostril and breathe out. Alternate and repeat with your eyes closed for 5 minutes.

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