TOLT #76 – Modeling

Well, it’s Thursday and I still haven’t finished How We Live Our Yoga, but I did start to find some anecdotes that spoke to me. Maybe the back portion of the book is meant to be the best so that if you actually stick with it it will be worth the time?

There was one passage by Judith Hanson Lasater in which she talks about how her yoga changes over the years and about being a “Swami Mommy” As my youngest is starting Kindergarten on Monday and I move into the next phase of my own life, I realize why my kids need me to do my yoga just as much as I need it. They need me to be patient and ever evolving along with them. My life is changing and so is theirs. They also need a mom who is flexible both mentally, emotionally, and physically. I need to grow and change and listen and able to keep up.

My mom had me when she was 22 and I had my first son at 30. I find I’m a very different kind of mom than my mom was, but I still strive to hit some of my favorite qualities of hers; like being active with the kids. Even a couple of years ago my mom was running (although not well) with my children in our backyard. The commented on how their other grandparents can’t do that. My mom is 60 this year and doesn’t do yoga. I wonder what kind of mom she would have been if she did? But, my mom is a nurse; which brings a different kind of caring and kindness into the world. She works in a long-term care unit in a hospital and has helped people move on from life for almost 40 years.

I titled this post Modeling because I am thinking about what kind of mom I want to be in this next phase of my life. Where I model the behaviors that I want my kids to pick up on. Ones in which they follow me and also see me take more time for myself. So far this week I’ve gotten up at 6am every day and practiced yoga. First it was meant to be intentional practice to prepare me for teaching, but now it’s evolving into a practice of listening to my body and giving it what it needs. I want my kids to make time for themselves and to listen and take care of their bodies as they grow up.

I also think about what Modeling means for my students. I had 90ish new students today and asked them all to give me a word. Here’s what their word cloud looks like:

What can I model for these students to get them to commit to a lifetime of wellness? I love that I am already seeing personality in my students and I can’t wait to learn more about them and their journey!

In what ways do you model in your own life?

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