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Some weeks this is the most ‘yoga’ I’ll get done. Wiggling my big toes. While I literally can’t get to my yoga mat, or to my online class, or to my favourite teachers class I’ve discovered little ways of being present in my day to day life. And this is my favourite. .
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My year 5 teacher told me once it was impossible to isolate one toe and move it. Well.. I took off my shoe and demonstrated to the whole class that it was not impossible. Needless to say I wasn’t very popular with the teacher after that! Fast forward 28 years and my yoga instructor @celiarobertsyogaretreat at the beginning of savasana instructs us to try and wiggle our big toe. Just the big toe. Even the act of just wanting to do it starts to create a chemical reaction in the brain which leads to new neural pathways forming. Which serves to change stagnant thought patterns that no longer serve us. Returning to the body, the breath and creating subtle, yet powerful shifts.
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And in that moment I realised yoga isn’t all asana and complicated postures, getting on my mat and punching out 11 minutes of fists of anger. I can just be here, sitting with my kids, wiggling just my big toes and I’ll be effecting positive change within my self. .
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If you want to try it: Legs out straight and get into a comfy position. Let out a big sigh. This practice works on the base and solar plexus. If you’re super sensitive you can feel it through all the chakras. Relax the legs, the hips and the naval, the chest, the shoulders and the throat. Then attempt wiggling the big toe. Just one. No other toes move. Observe all that rises within you. Frustration, doubt, where you tense up.. remember to breathe and soften with each reaction. Continue this for a lifetime. And if you can move one toe, now try the next one.
Sat Nam ~ Leila xx

Day 24 of #fallinlovewithyouryoga is about having fun with your practice. When I first started practicing I felt like I had to remain still like a statue in a pose or extend even force my self to full expressions of poses etc . Now in a practice I encourage wiggling around to make it cozy for you or free movement to explore what feels good . A large part of my at home personal practice is going through traditional poses and moving around in them seeing what work or finding what movement can be added to make it new or just to feel good !This process is sometimes trying stuff that doesn’t always feel good ,falling and definitely looking silly on many occasions.But it’s fun to explore ! Don’t be afraid to venture out in your practice as your seek ways to make it yours .#empoweredwomen#spiritjunkie#empoweringwomen#yogateacher#yogamom#mindfulmama#yogachallenge#yogafun#adventure#explore

More fun at the playground for me.
I think Archer probably enjoyed this, too although he spends most of the video craning his neck to see what all of the big kids were doing on the other side of the playground.
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Playground truth no. 1:
Most parents want to push a swing for about 5 minutes
Most kids want to be pushed on a swing for about 5 hours.
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In order to really enjoy pushing my kid on the swing, I need to be moving, too.
I actually did this sequence twice through.
I would have done it 3 times, but Archer was done.
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Another mom came up to me on the playground and was like, "I think what you're doing is awesome."
I thanked her.
And also thought, why are so many parents so sedentary when they go with their kids to the playground?
One easy answer is, we're tired.
Really, really tired.
You know one of the easiest ways to boost energy?
MOVE YOUR BODY!
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The other answer is just that we're equal parts out of practice and also a little embarrassed.
To be honest, when i first ran through this sequence, I was a little timid and more restrained in my movements. There was a woman pushing her own baby next to me and it felt a little weird to be doing squats, lunges, and backbends while pushing Archer.
Then I thought, "but this is me. This is what I do. This is healthy. This is not weird. Why am I judging myself?"
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Move your body every day.
Teach your kids to play not just when they're kids, but when they're adults, too.
No embarrassment.
No judgment.
No comparisons.
Just play, move, and have fun.

Today went soooo well! Taught yoga trainings for almost 10 hours and I feel so full and happy!
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If you were checking in with me last week I had the same schedule with totally different results. After training I cried my eyes out I was so exhausted.😭
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What did I do differently?
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I identified that I had a belief that teaching teacher trainings were hard work and exhausting so last week I manifested that!
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This week I practiced calling in and feeling the feelings in the moment that teaching teacher trainings all day are easy, that it gives me energy and fills me with joy. .
I even set alarms through out the day to remind me of these desired feelings I wanted to feel. .
And guess what?!?!
IT WORKED. .
More confirmation to myself that what I think in my mind, what I believe in my heart, what I feel in my body becomes my reality. I call in future experiences I want to have and I feel them in the now. .
By practicing feeling in the now what I want to create in the future I will manifest. .
So so excited I could dance. 💃And note to self and to you setting these reminders in my phone via. alarms worked so freaking well. Will be using these daily!!! .
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We spent this dreary Saturday dancing (and singing) like no one’s watching. Currently, we’re singing to songs from The Greatest Showman. What do you like to sing to?
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well our first saturday with two adults and five kiddos under 5 was successful💃🏼

Adventure Day with the boys. My son’s best friend is a recent immigrant from Burundi in East Africa. If you are not aware of the humanitarian crisis there please educate yourself. Little man talks about his time there openly and as only a child could describe such horrors. Like Pan’s Labryrinth. Full of the metaphors, symbolic monsters only a child could create to process and understand images and experiences no child should know. We adore him. Thomas wants to teach him about Canada and take him on all of our adventures. What I did not expect was the personal impact sharing space and time with this little soul would have on me. He is jacked about life. He expects nothing and is elated by everything. I feel like this small child has achieved a level of mindfulness that I strive so hard to attain and he does it with such ease and grace. My bullshit problems and worries are nothing compared to what he has experienced and when my mind runs away on me simply watching him navigate his new world grounds me so hard and fast. We are blessed to have him in our lives. You never know where and who your moments of clarity and salvation are going to come from. Sometimes watching a little boy can teach you more in an hour then all the books and mentors you can stack up in a year.
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C H O I C E S
i've tried hard not to buy into the concept of the 'terrible twos' and rather, have been trying to see it as the 'transformational twos.' we're almost at the 2 yr milestone & already i can see big shifts within him. he's become a lot more vocal, busier in his movement, emotions are coming in waves, he's more demanding of our attention & is starting to push back. equally, he has become a lot more affectionate running to hug us every time we enter a room as though we've been apart for years, spontaneously kissing me on the lips, bringing me flowers & blades of grass & hugging me so tight that i can feel his wee body shake. it's a wonderful & trying time for us both & i am choosing to pay attention to the momental change erupting within him rather believing he is just a bratty toddler.
there is so much more going on.
sure! it's challenging when he screams in your face, wants to be picked up all the time, cries for what feels like no reason, grabs a handful of freshly cut coriander from the kitchen bench where i am cooking & throws it the air...sure. those moments are tough. but sometimes, i am able to stop my mind from going where it wants to go & connect with him. i soften my body, look him right in the eyes & gently ask him to stop screaming & tell me (with the few words he has) what's going on. almost every time, he will meet me there. as though he sees me as an equal. someone who is meeting his call of discomfort with love rather than more anger. i completely understand boundaries so of course there are moments for time out however i am finding that this new approach is working.
he even lowers his head, whispers mama and tells me in his few words, what's going on as though it's a secret.
one that he's allowing me in on.
as though he feels comfortable telling me his most vulnerable thoughts...
and as his mother, i want to create a space where he ALWAYS knows that he share his most vulnerable thoughts & feelings.
it's a powerful feeling when you find ways to connect through love, even when it feels like there is no other choice, he reminds me that there always is 🔮
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It’s a wild Saturday night over here. Getting the kiddos all clean and oiled up (and then this mama is going to do the same 🙌🏻). My favorite for soft and yummy smelling skin after their tub time is this baby oil. In fact it’s so dreamy, I use it on myself too. Oh and did I mention I don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals? #momwin

@mr5thround and I were supposed to be on a romantic getaway this weekend to celebrate our 10 year dating aniversary. But, little miss June caught a stomach bug, so instead, we've been stuck at home nursing her back to health and cleaning up toddler throw up for the last 48 hours!

We've done about 12 loads of laundry, changed sheets on all of our beds multiple times, and watched countless hours of nursery rhyme videos while snuggling on the couch trying to keep her comfortable.

THIS is why you choose to be with someone for a decade. The romantic getaways are nice, of course, but what matters most is having a little family to call your own, a true partner to back you up through the inevitable ups and downs of life... and someone to help you clean up baby puke. 🙃

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