When people tried to convince me that motherhood was going to be energy-draining, I wasn’t ready to accept this as my reality.
After all, I had spent the last eight years on a spiritual journey to nurture my inner spirit, develop a powerful self-love relationship and find my voice. I had reinvented my life, going from a divorce attorney to a children's yoga teacher. I wasn’t going to let all that work go to waste simply because I was adding the role of mother.
Of course, some people may have thought I was living in a fantasy world for thinking it'd be possible to navigate a newborn with calmness and balance.
But I’m a strong believer in the idea that we all have the choice to change the situations in our life — not by controlling the circumstances that arise, but by controlling our reactions to these events.
As a teacher of Kundalini yoga and meditation, I decided to incorporate my meditation and mindful breathing techniques into my new life with a newborn. These methods helped me to not only survive — but thrive.
1. A Breathing Exercise for ... Comforting Your Crying Baby
When dealing with newborns, your energy, vibrations and thoughts are decidedly more powerful than your words. That means that if you act nervous or frustrated, your baby will become equally fussy.
So in order to calm a crying baby, you have to feel that calmness within yourself first. Try this breath work, or pranayama, to regain your center: