Why babies make excellent meditation aids

Of late, my meditation practice (such as it was) has, like the rest of me, gone a bit slack. Every day I plan to factor in a little relaxation, a few stretches – something to soothe and refresh my tired, frayed mind. And then, the day whirls by in haze of toddler negotiations, baby feeding frenzies ...

Breathing exercises for young children

I’m walking around the house with feathers in my bra. It’s almost like our own private Mardi Gras. Wait, I might try that out as a rap. Three weeks in to life as a family of four, and the sleep deprivation is beginning to take its toll.  As such, I have been trying to think of ...

Mindful birthing: using mindfulness during labour

I’m about to have a baby. Last time I had a baby, it wasn’t much fun. I went into my first birth incredibly well-prepared. After 9 months of yoga, natural birth books and an excellent hypnobirthing course, I drew up my birth plan. I intended to breathe out the baby into an orb of white light, witnessed ...

Mindful parenting: 4 things I’ve learnt so far

This year, soon to become a mother of two and having recently gained so many wrinkles that our clothes look ironed by comparison (they aren’t, but every cloud…), I decided to focus on building my mental resources with a new blog project - Parenting Calm. Weary of feisty debates with the toddler on weighty issues ...

The big turn off – AKA Superpowered Sleep!

Last week I embarked on project ‘Superpowered Sleep’. I had an epic, rib-shattering cough and cold, and the additional symptom of excessive whinging led me to suspect I was a victim of man-flu. The lines between night and day were fuzzier than usual but I still managed to focus on ‘superpowering’ my sleep, by which I ...

I am toddler, hear me roar (lion’s breath practice)

‘We're going to be lions,’ I say. ‘Rah,’ says the toddler. This was going to be easy. Keen to see an improvement in our afternoon energy levels, this week for my Parenting Calm project, the toddler and I decided to try a yogic breathing technique called lion’s breath (click here for instructions).Continue Reading...

A two minute trick for instant calm

Our week started slowly. ‘It’s 9.15 on a Monday morning,’ commented my husband, ‘and none of us are dressed. What kind of a working family is this?’ Now if the decade I spent as a home-based wine rep taught me anything, it's that wearing pyjamas at midday is perfectly acceptable, and in no way related to productivity. ...