There are countless reasons why moms are important in our lives. If it weren't for our mothers, we wouldn't be breathing right now.
A mom is willing to sacrifice anything just for the sake of her child/children. Indeed, moms are beautiful and wonderful human beings.
Today, let us share with you this beautiful story of a mother who does extraordinary things for her children.
Hearing this kind of story will melt your inner-mother heart without a doubt. Profoundly, this story has proven that mothers work hard and make a lot of sacrifices for us to have better lives. "In yoga, the key to staying youthful is a flexible spine." - Vivotion
Meet Carlee Benear
An astonishing mother from the Woodlands, Texas does exceptionally well multitasking as she breastfeeds her two-year-old daughter all while doing her Yoga routine. Meet Carlee Benear, a 31-year old mother who explained how this ancient practice has helped her to have a more significant connection with her own body.
She is truly amazing as she can nurse her child by breastfeeding her all while in the midst of a yoga session. Frankly, she can multitask in any yoga pose she likes just for the sake of her baby.
A Mother's Struggle
Mrs Benear had suffered from postpartum depression in which she experienced a mix of physical, emotional, and behavioural changes after giving birth to her first child. And so, when she became pregnant with her second child, she made it her mission to try and prevent herself from entering back into a state of depression.
She tried to get back on track to workout, but then she later realised that it would be hard juggling her new workout regimen while raising her children. In fact, as her children grew older, it became much more challenging for Benear to leave the house when wanting to make time to exercise.
"I enjoy being a homebody. I still needed an activity to help me work off the frustrations that come along with parenting. So, I decided to try yoga. My journey with yoga caught fire; it is something that makes me happy. It's also something that my children enjoy."
A Greater Connection
Through Yoga, Carlee has found a way to recover from the postpartum depression she experienced before. Through this ancient practice, she didn't only learn to be in the moment but also established a more significant connection with herself and her child.
Therefore it is no surprise why she didn't stop doing the practice during her third pregnancy. According to her, yoga has helped her in boosting her emotions and condition during morning sickness.
She shared the benefits she reaps of doing her yoga routine while breastfeeding her daughter Maramaylee.
"Holding poses and breathing while nursing helps me connect with my body and be more present. Anything can be challenging if you let your mind get in the way. I think that's one of the things breastfeeding yoga has helped me move past and it's helped me to believe in myself again."
She added, "I am always aware of my daughter around me, and I adjust my flow to her because she loves to sneak snacks at any time, so I need to be ready for her to pounce. There is good in this because it is yet another reminder to be present. Now, yoga helps me be the mother I always dreamed of being because I can enjoy every moment to the best of my abilities."
With that said, during the ups and downs of breastfeeding, staying active in yoga practice will help your mind connect with your body.
Life Changing Mindset
With the help of practising yoga, Benear has developed her mindset. Instead of stressing over the importance of slowing down in life, now she enjoys it.
According to Benear, she wanted to connect more with herself. Moms, especially new mothers/parents tend to feel like their slowly losing themselves as the transition into motherhood starts.
In some cases, they are struggling in adjusting their time as they turn into a new person with new responsibilities. "One of the benefits of doing yoga is the ability to slow down and enjoy life again in such a fast-paced world. We raise our kids with this pace, and it's more damaging than it is helpful to them for the real world," Marlee added.
How amazing it is to know that a mother's mindset can be changed through yoga; a change where she and her children can reap all the fantastic benefits of the ancient practice. Marlee didn't just learn to enjoy her motherhood, but also she suppresses the act of thinking the outcome of her actions before she reacts.
A Mother's Patience
Yoga has shown Marlee the importance of patients not only with herself but also with her family as well as for everyone she interacted with. She explained that this practice, yoga, will also help you to see things differently.
"We are often so fast to react; we forget that this is not a race and we can sit and think before we take action. It really helps show the power of a mother and her ability to do great things for herself and her family at the same time."
Mission to Thrive
Marlee's purpose in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive. Her Instagram photos have inspired so many people. They show the extraordinary love and bond she has for her children. No surprise when her photos also remind her how much her kids love her and how important she is to them.
As a parent, it helped her build her confidence in her children. Whenever she looks back at her photos, she sees strength and courage to be a good parent. She sees the women her children see.
For her, yoga exists is not only for the body, mind, and soul but also for self-discovery. Yoga has become her personal saviour.
But it doesn't mean that every mom should practice yoga as she believes that every mother will find comfort in something new and different. Marlee advises every mom to find whatever moves them inside and out.
It doesn't have to be yoga, as she claimed. "Do more of what you love."
Author Bio: Isabel Speckman is a North Carolina-based freelance writer and work-from-home mother of three. In her 10 years as a professional writer, she’s worked in proposal management, grant writing, and content creation. Her writing skills may be confirmed independently on vivotion.com.
Personally, she’s passionate about teaching her family how to stay safe, secure and action-ready in the event of a disaster or emergency.
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