To Mothers Everywhere
By Nancy Weshkoff
Mothers Day is this Sunday, May 12th. It gives us an opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks to the mothers everywhere who often sacrifice so much to raise their children. I am blessed to have many wonderful moms walk through the doors of Moonflower Yoga in Bellmore. Some are new moms raising young children. Others have grown children who are in their final years of college or who have entered the workforce.
The love that a mother shows for her child does not have an age limit. It doesn’t matter whether your child is a toddler or a college-aged student living at home. When your child needs you or is sick, all of the moms who come to Moonflower Yoga put their child first and do what it takes to help their child.
Being a mom in the year 2013 is also wrought with many challenges. Moms are often working outside of the home to help financially support the household. When the mom arrives home, the second half of her day begins with raising the children, helping with schoolwork, preparing meals, doing chores, etc. Phew!!
I pause for a moment and think about the directions given to us by flight attendants as we are preparing for takeoff on a flight. In the event of an emergency, an oxygen mask will come down. Place that mask on yourself FIRST and then place the mask on the children travelling with you. Why? Because if you do not take care of yourself first, you are not strong enough to take care of the child in your life. This message from the airlines has so many applications in our everyday life too. Moms are often stretched to the limit. Yet if you do not take care of yourself, you cannot help your child or others who need you.
Giving yourself just one hour to rejuvenate can have many wonderful rewards. Suddenly you will feel stronger and have more energy. A great yoga class at Moonflower Yoga is one way in which to do this. Moms can completely relax and recharge their batteries in a Candlelight Restorative or an Unwind and Relax class. Alternatively, if you need a practice to release the day’s tension, there is Tension Busting Flow or Stretch and Flow. And if you want to start the day in a positive way and feel great all day, you could try Awaken with Power, Sunday Flow, or Level One Beginner.
To all the moms out there, I salute you! You are amazing!! I hope you enjoy your special day on Sunday. And if you are in the area of Bellmore, Long Island, New York, come treat yourself for an hour to a wonderful yoga class at Moonflower Yoga and meet some other fabulous moms!