The Yoga of Parenting
By Sarah Ezrin
Foreword by Jennifer Pastiloff
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- Shambhala Publications06/06/2023Pages: 248Size: 5.5 x 8.5ISBN: 9781645471172Details
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Bring the wisdom of yoga into your parenting journey.
Mom and yoga teacher Sarah Ezrin offers 34 practices to find more presence, patience, and acceptance—with your child and with yourself.
“I can say without a doubt that the most advanced yoga I’ve ever done is raising a child,” writes Sarah Ezrin. While many people think of yoga as poses on a mat, The Yoga of Parenting supports people in bringing the spiritual principles of yoga into their lives—particularly their families. Ezrin, a longtime yoga teacher, supports readers and practitioners in slowing down, becoming present with our children and ourselves, and acting with more compassion.
Each chapter highlights a yogic posture and theme and explores how it relates to parenting, including presence, boundaries, balance, and nonattachment. Chapters include prompts such as intention setting, breathwork, and journaling. Ezrin also features the stories and insights of a wide range of yoga practitioner parents whose experiences include single parenting, grandparenting, and passing on intergenerational yoga traditions. In addition to the opening posture, each chapter includes:
- “Breath Breaks” invitations to mindfully breathe
- “On the Mat” practices to show us how we can apply the lessons on our yoga mat in a more general sense
- “Parenting in Practice” offerings and advice from parents in the US and abroad
- “Off the Mat and Into the Family” fun exercises to help us bring the work off the mat and into our homes
Practicing yoga can help us become kinder to ourselves, more aware of our thoughts and actions, and more present in our lives. What more important sphere to want to become kinder, more aware, and more present than with our families?Extras
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Author BioSARAH EZRIN is a freelance writer, yoga educator, and mama based in the San Francisco Bay Area.Praise
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"Sarah Ezrin draws from the wisdom of yoga philosophy to bring empathy and appreciation to parenting, reminding readers that parenthood is a valuable and important spiritual practice in its own right." —Britta Bushnell, PhD, author of Transformed by Birth
"Staying grounded as a parent can be challenging on any given day and having real-world techniques to guide us is truly a gift!" —Desi Bartlett, MS CPT E-RYT, author of Total Body Beautiful
"Mom-ing is hard; yoga can help. This optimistic book offers empathy and gentle techniques for grounding and connecting so that your practice can uplift your parenting." —Lizzie Lasater, yoga teacher, mom of twins
"Raising a child can break us or grow our soul. Yoga philosophy can offer a framework for allowing parenting to be the latter while acknowledging our humanity." —Hala Khouri, MA, SEP, E-RYT, author of Peace from Anxiety
"The Yoga of Parenting is a soothing balm for all of us who have the privilege and challenge of caring for children." —Jivana Heyman, author of Accessible Yoga and Yoga Revolution
"Clear-sighted and firmly rooted in the everyday reality of parenting, Ezrin reminds us that, in the realm of parenting, practice does not make ‘perfect’—practice makes possible." —Octavia Raheem, author of Pause, Rest, Be and Gather
"Sarah’s wonderful book offers wisdom gleaned through years of experience, study, and science. She is super relatable, serving parents with kids of all ages reminders of the need for practice rather than unattainable perfection. The Yoga of Parenting is a timely and loving guide for us all." —Elena Brower, best-selling author of Practice You and Softening TimeSelected Reader Reviews