The Yoga for Single Mom’s Project

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As much as we love our kids, it’s still important to find time for ourselves.

Michelle Williams co-founded the Yoga for Single Mom’s Project to help make it easier for single mothers to attend yoga classes.  Michelle found yoga was extremely helpful when she was going through a tough time in her life.

Yoga has a wonderful way of bringing peace to your mind, body and soul.  The practice also encourages us to be thankful every day and to give of ourselves freely.

And that’s the great thing about being a celebrity.  They are in a unique position to give back. According to Michelle,

“Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made me a better person and a better mother. I could come back to my daughter anew.”

After realizing how much yoga had helped her find her own peace, she wanted to give the same gift to others.  Being a single mother she understood the challenges and expense of trying to find childcare.

How the Yoga for Single Mom’s Project Works

The Yoga for Single Mom’s Project partners with yoga studios to offer free classes to single mothers.  And as a bonus they also provide childcare while the mom is in class.  The project encourages single moms to find time for themselves doing activities like yoga.

Motherhood can be challenging.  And doing it by yourself can be even harder.  But it’s important to carve out a little bit of time to focus on your own well being and happiness.  And yoga is an excellent choice to help combat the stress that can sometimes accompany single motherhood.

Yoga can be both relaxing and empowering and the same time, which is pretty cool.  It encourages strength of mind, body and soul.  And as any student can tell you, you will almost always leave class with a feeling of confidence and peace. These feelings will carry over into your daily life making it that much easier to cope with the daily responsibilities and energy needed to take care of a family.

Other Celebrities that Found Peace and Health through Yoga

Lots of celebrities have found inner peace through doing yoga.  Yoga can help you become more self aware, reduce stress and relieve tension.

Gwyenth Paltrow practices yoga every morning.  Julia Roberts starred in the movie, Eat, Pray, Love which was a story about a woman on a journey to find herself.  Yoga was a big part of the “Pray” segment of the film.  And while that was only a movie, the star is very committed to including yoga and meditation in her personal life.

Yoga has often been used in helping people who struggle to overcome self-destructive or addictive tendencies.  It promotes more positive thought patterns.  Some 12 step programs even include the practice of yoga in their program, such as the Yoga of Recovery retreat in New York City.

Robert Downy Junior is one of those celebrities whose struggle with addition is well known.  He is also one of the funniest and engaging actors to watch on the big screen.  He now credits yoga with helping him overcome the tougher times.

Yoga Can Help New Moms get back in Shape

Yoga helped Rebecca Romijn get back in shape after gaining 60 pounds before the birth of her twins.  She used Bikram or hot yoga to help challenge her body and lose some of the belly fat that came with the pregnancy.   She also had a little bit of mom guilt when leaving her girls to go workout.  But she also realized the importance of taking care of yourself.

As a mom it’s very important to take care of yourself physically and mentally. You’re no good to anyone unless you do. There are days when I rush out to a yoga class just as I’m starting to feel like I might be losing my mind.

Yoga can also help you lose weight without doing cardio or the more strenuous types of yoga.  Softer forms of yoga can get you started on your journey to get back in shape.  A consistent yoga practice will help build the right mindset to get healthier.  As you continue to practice you will get stronger and more confident to tackle the more challenging forms of yoga and life.

Finding Creative Solutions to Child Care

While most of us are not celebrities, we can still benefit from the healing power of yoga.  And even if the Yoga for Single Mom’s project hasn’t come to your city, we are here to help you find ways to fit yoga into your routine.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Locate a gym that offers child care services.
  2. Trade times with a fellow yogi friend.  Alternate days and offer to babysit for each other while you are at class.
  3. Practice at home with an online class, DVD or TV yoga class.
  4. Find a mommy and me class where you can do yoga with your child. It’s a great bonding experience you will simply love.
  5. Find a yoga teacher who works out of his/her home who will let you bring your child with you.

Just remember that old saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”  The hardest part is just getting started.

Good luck and Namaste.

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