Yoga for Moms: A Grounding Mantra for Springtime

Janet Stone, who will lead our upcoming Yoga for Moms online course, explains how repeating a mantra can keep moms grounded.

Internationally recognized yoga teacher and mother of two Janet Stone, who will lead our upcoming Yoga for Moms online course (enroll now and be the first to know when this mom-inspired course launches), is offering YJ readers a series of weekly “mom-asanas” for serenity, strength, and grounding. This week’s practice: A springtime mantra for staying grounded and centered.

Springtime is the perfect time to re-establish your connection with the earth, or in other words, to feel more grounded. As moms, we are pulled in a million different directions and life tends to feel chaotic. A mantra, or a repeated word or thought, brings focus to our scattered minds, which may be distracted by all the little niggling negatives that come with motherhood. Reciting a mantra is a way to rein in our attention and our wild thoughts and ideas about the past and future in order to focus on the present.

Practice: Ganesh bija mantra for staying grounded and centered

Try reciting this mantra the next time you feel like you are being pulled in too many directions:

Om Gam Ganapatayei Namaha.
Om…I bow to Ganesh, lord of the senses.

Ganesh is also known as the lord of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles. Ask yourself: What obstacles do I perceive in my way? How do I re-connect with the earth, with what is real? Think of the springtime blossoms sprouting from the ground as new life and a new season begins. Or, write your own mantra. Ask yourself, what do I want? What do I want to focus on?

Mom-asana of the Week: Upward Plank Pose (Purvottanasana)

From Staff Pose (Dandasana), move your hands back 6–10 inches. Sustaining your connection with the earth, press your hands and feet into the earth as you lift your hips and heart toward the sky. Imagine your feet and hands can pull toward each other, and feel the openness across your heart.

San Francisco-based yoga teacher Janet Stone started her practice at age 17. A student of Max Strom and meditation teacher Prem Rawat, Stone teaches vinyasa flow at events around the world. Her new kirtan album with DJ Drez, Echoes of Devotion, hit number 1 on iTunes’s World Music chart this year. Stone has two daughters and offers this advice to moms: “Motherhood offers infinite lessons in the realms of surrender, empowerment, grace, mistakes, and patience, and then some more patience—as well as the endless unfurling of transitions and change. Practicing yoga amidst this adventure can support us in myriad ways to find our center.” Learn more about her upcoming course, Yoga for Moms.