For ten years now I’ve been doing yoga, meditation and the sudarshan kriya breathing almost every day. Although it’s required discipline at times, for the most part it’s been pretty easy for me to be regular with my practice because I just love it so much. I love the way I feel when I’ve done it. I love the huge amount of extra energy it brings me. And I really, really love the way it affects my mind. In a nutshell, I love when my prana’s high because that’s when life feels its best to me. That’s when I feel best equipped to deal with whatever curve balls life’s throwing my way.
When Joshua was born I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to continue my practice. And for the first few days I didn’t. Then I recommitted. I decided that I was going to do something every day, even if it was just for 10 minutes. I thought that if I set a really strong intention then it would happen. Somehow it would happen. And somehow it did.
I’ve tried many different things to find out what works best for the two of us. And here’s what’s worked:
- When it’s time to breastfeed Joshi I find a really comfortable crosslegged position to sit in on the couch and place a snuggy blanket under him. When he dozes off at the end of a feed I remove the cushions I’ve been using to raise him and gently lower him down into my lap. Then I close my eyes and meditate. Sometimes I get to do no more than a few minutes, but other times I get as long as 25 minutes. Loving it! I’m made a decision though – if 10 minutes is all I get I’m not going to grumble. I’m grateful for it because 10 minutes is better than nothing.
- When Joshi falls asleep in bed and I’m free to do whatever I want to or need to, I do my kriya and then meditate. Everything else that I need to get done (cleaning the appartment, washing the massive pile of cloth nappies, cooking and eating, etc, etc) I can do when he’s awake. So unless I’m ravenously hungry, those things can wait.
- And lastly, I use baby wraps, baby slings, hug-a-bubs, etc. They work wonders. I wrap Joshi against my body and within minutes he’s fast asleep. Then I can either just sit wherever I am and meditate or I can head out for a walk, down to the beach, find a nice spot, and meditate there. Most of the time I just sit where I am though, coz I never know how much time I have before he wakes up and each moment I spend doing something else or procrastinating is a moment less to meditate in.