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 meditation for enoughness.
As moms, we often focus on the ways in which we feel we are not enough and what we don't have enough of (time, money, etc.). One way to escape this focus on lack is to turn our attention toward what we DO have enough of. To make this inner switch, I like to invoke the goddess Lakshmi, who represents the qualities of abundance and prosperity.
Practice: Chant to Lakshmi
While in a seated, comfortable position for meditation, try saying this chant 108 times or for approximately 10 minutes: Om Shrim Lakshmiyei Namaha. Translation: Om…I bow to the radiant, auspicious Lakshmi. Lakshmi bears abundance, enoughness. Remember, all the ways you mother, all the ways you love, are enough.
Meditation Tips for Moms
Meditation is not dissimilar from cleaning up the toys when you’re done playing with them, or cleaning up the kitchen before the next meal. By meditating, you're giving yourself, your body, and your mind a moment of space, even just by noticing your breath or doing a body scan. You're not going to get rid of your thoughts or even clear them completely, you're just not letting them rule you. I recommend meditating at least once a day, preferably in the morning, but if this is impossible with your routine, try carving out at least 5-10 minutes during naptime or while the kids are at school, or set your alarm a little bit earlier.
ABOUT JANET STONE
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.