Becoming a yoga teacher was not always a part of my career path,
but after 10 years of practice I realized that yoga had become an
unwavering support system - it kept me healthy and sane while
allowing me to grow and change. I wanted to practice for
myself, but I also wanted to share the experience with others.
The practice of yoga is a metaphor for a healthy life.
Opening up into poses (releasing tension, letting go), breathing
through discomfort (aligning breath with poses), discovering
individuality (every body is different, every practice is
different), viewing the world from a different perspective
(literally, through headstands and handstands) and accepting what
is (appreciating where you are right now in this moment).
These awarenesses have been especially helpful to me as a
parent. I am challenged by the everyday demands of parenting
and I use yoga to help me calm down, find clarity and embrace my
present reality. This is not always easy, and this is why
yoga is a "practice" - there is no perfection or ultimate
enlightenment. Yoga just helps me move through life with a
little more grace and a little less fear.
This Sunday, April 26th, I will combine my two loves
- yoga and parent education - and teach a yoga workshop especially
for parents at Elmhurst Yoga
Shala. We will have an hour long yoga practice (beginners
are welcome!) followed by an hour of parent education and
The yoga practice and discussion will revolve around self
awareness, emotions, releasing guilt and worry, developing a
trusting relationship with your children and discovering the joy in
parenting. If you would like more information or if you are
interested in registering, please click
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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