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Celebrate Mother’s Day with Yoga

Mothers… Whether we like it or not, know it or not, celebrate it or not, we all have one. Your very existence is undeniably 50% the result of a woman somewhere on this planet. For those of you who are uncomfortable thinking about it, a quote from Oprah can help settle the spirit. She says, “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”

When we think of mothers, we often think far less of DNA, chromosomes, cells, and genetics and far more of kisses, comforts, scolds, and lessons. What makes someone a mother is far less about biology and far more about spirit. Mothers, biological or not, are those women around us who embody the beautiful juxtaposition of loving discipline. Who else but a mother can constantly teach and correct without ever making you doubt their loving intention? Who else but a mother can hold your feet to the fire while also encouraging you to fly higher and higher, and still be there to catch you when your wings collapse? Who else but a mother can make you feel, in the same instant, crazy yet calm, broken yet empowered, able but cradled? A mother’s love is undoubtedly supernatural. Pearl S. Buck summarized it saying, “Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.”

It is this beautiful, powerful, supernatural juxtaposition of a mother’s type of love that makes my mind wander to yoga. It also makes my mind begin to muse on the parallels between a mother’s love and the practice of yoga. My mind begins to fascinate on the fact that both yoga and a mother are simultaneously powerful and graceful, strong and soft. Both yoga and a mother teach through loving discipline. Both yoga and a mother comfort you as they stretch and grow you. Both yoga and a mother create a life within you and continue to love you into the human you were always intended to be. George Eliot says, “Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face” and Nancy Friday finishes by saying, “When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.”

What a beautiful, wonderful, and awe-inspiring power both mothers and yoga hold. The power to create life, but also to truly give life through the power of their love. So this Mother’s Day, if you have someone in your life you’d like to honor, bring her into Joy Yoga Center for a free class from May 11th-May 14th!

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