The Effects of Illness on Yoga Moms
Ahh…how challenging it is to deal with the toll on our bodies that can be caused by changes in weather and seasons.
Recently, for the first time in a long while, I encountered a sinus issue that made its way down into my chest. This was a very unpleasant experience, especially because I have been very conscious about not taking any medication while still nursing my child.
My time of discomfort led to another stress when my child also became agitated. Oh, it didn’t take long for that to escalate – and I’m sure all you Moms out there know exactly what I’m talking about.
I needed relief!
I found it partly through homeopathic remedies, which helped me relieve part of the sinus pressure. I used Hyland’s Homeopathic, which I highly recommend, as they have formulas for adults as well as children. I haven’t used the adult formula – only the Kid’s Kit for both myself and my child, but at the different dosages prescribed in the booklet that is enclosed with the kit. Although I found that it worked quite well, it still it wasn’t enough.
I realized that I also needed to implement some “time out”, so I took the time to lie on my back in Shavasana so that I could block out any disturbances. This pose not only relieved the congestion and runny nose, but it also relieved any tension that had built up in my face, neck, shoulders, and back from the irritation and pressure that had occurred during this time of discomfort.
Occasionally, I added a bolster or pillow to the length of my back and stretched my arms out to the sides, as I found it really helped to open my chest cavity so that I was able to bring energy and breath to that area without strain.
Although it was hard to find the time, I knew I had to do this – and so I did it while my son was taking his nap, or first thing in the morning, or even last thing at night when he was asleep. Bringing breath into to the heart area can be an invigorating way to start the morning or a relaxing way to end the day by breathing out the tension.
We all know how intuitive children are, so during times when I am a little stressed, it affects my child, and we both end up agitated. Whenever that happens, I return to Shivasana. I lay him on my chest – which I’m still able to do as he’s only 15 months’ old – and chant some “OMs”. This seems to calm us both down as he feels the energetic vibration from my chest. It’s also fun for him as he thinks it’s a game and he giggles with his attempts to join me with his version of “OM”.
And that’s what it’s all about – the healing and joy that a child’s laughter can bring to every one of us, especially to Moms.
[tags]yoga moms, OM, mother and child, homeopathic remedies, stress, Shivasana, laughter, energy, breathing [/tags]