Connect with us!
My pony tail was dripping with sweat. I couldn’t help it; it was sweltering hot in that room. “Here he comes,” I thought.

As he snaked his way through the sweltering room packed tight with sweaty yogis in Lululemon attire, my intention, my focus was to nail every pose. Oh by the way, I should mention that he was not just any yoga teacher-- he was the yoga teacher; the guy who'd created the teacher training program I just completed. 

I had to look graceful, right? I had to be strong, right? I had to stick that reversed half-moon like I was posing for the cover of Yoga Journal, right? I was a yoga teacher now; the stakes were higher.   This is the story fear had created in my mind. 
We were all in a good flow, moving seamlessly between postures, when I heard his voice coming closer and closer. I tensed up. I wanted to look perfect. As he was nearly right in front of me, I gracefully stepped my right foot forward, ready to sweep my arms up to come into warrior one, when my foot slipped on the sweat on my mat, and I fell. 
“Yoga is a practice everyone, not a performance. This is not "Cirque de Yoga." You will fall, you will make mistakes. It’s all part of the journey…” he said calmly, and matter-of-factly. 

After I got over the initial freak-out in my mind that he was saying this because he'd just watched me almost take out a full row of fellow yogis in domino fashion, I thought about how great this line was for us, Mindful Mamas! Motherhood-- it's a practice, not a performance!

MOTHERHOOD- A Practice, Not a Performance

This shift in perspective is very powerful. Thinking of motherhood as a practice and not a performance shifts the focus from fear to love. When we think performance, we think perfection. And where perfection is involved, there is always a fear that being less than perfect will result in pain. As mothers, this can be the pain we feel that our imperfections might be screwing up our children-- and we feel bad about that! Fear is the anticipation of future pain.

For example, have you ever noticed how fears about "screwing up" your child are projections into the future? You are worrying about a future child, a future experience, a future event that doesn’t exist today. It isn’t real (even though it feels so real…that's fear’s trick to making itself stick).

Now try this trick: Think about all the times in the past when you feel you totally “screwed up” as a mom (well, don’t dwell on them, otherwise this little activity may back fire). NOW-- step into the present moment. Look at your child TODAY-- right now, at this moment; focus your attention on how wonderful, vibrant, loving, forgiving, resilient, trusting, and well-adjusted your child is NOW! See? It’s always just fine in the present moment. And if it isn’t, I guarantee you are probably doing everything a loving mother would do in this present moment to help your child.

Remember that we are not supposed to be perfect mothers. Motherhood is designed to be a practice and not a performance. This allows us to shift our thoughts out of fear of the future and into the present moment where fearless love is always found. 

Motherhood is a practice. We are gonna make mistakes. And with mindfulness and awareness, we trust ourselves that we will do better next time.  That's what a practice is-- continual refinement and growth where it is required that we take 3 steps back before we take 1 step forward. Going through the poses of our mothering with this perspective allows us to come to this practice with a sense of relaxation, trust, openness and acceptance. And I just have to say, a funny little thing happens when we approach our mothering this way-- we stress, perfect, and worry less. And as we stress, perfect, and worry less, we tend to naturally do less of those things (like yelling, losing our cool, or getting lost in guilt) that make us "think" we are screwing up our kids.

This is not Cirque de Motherhood. You will fall. You will make mistakes. It's all part of the journey. Don't allow fear of the future to torment you today! Just remember that motherhood is a practice. If you come at it every day with love, perseverance, and awareness, your future (as in your kids) will work itself out beautifully one present moment at a time.



02/20/2013 2:50pm

LOVE "This is not Cirque de Motherhood" :) That's actually going to be my new catchphrase when I find myself bumming about what I did, or did not, do as a mom. Congratulations on completing your yoga teacher training Jen!! That's BIG!!! :)


You have nicely putted all the thoughts here to tell your story. It is a great way to tell about the ideas comes into your mind related to your life and motherhood. Thanks for sharing a helpful advice in your post.

06/15/2016 12:55am

Its very very interesting post, looks you did a big research to post this blog.

08/12/2016 8:16am

Download the official Showbox app here to stream or download free movies and TV shows on your Android device. Free download file and step by step tutorial.

08/20/2016 3:40pm

I blog frequently and I really appreciate your information. This great article has truly peaked my interest.

11/03/2016 10:23am

Practice is a huge part of theory. You can't go forward without it.

12/05/2016 9:37am

We can write your essay! This is the only website you need for online writing assistance.

02/07/2017 8:14am

i've gather to a great deal facts from these weblog on it. It gives us sense of lifestyles patterns, clothes and style. thanks for sharing us the sort of top kind of developments.

02/16/2017 1:48pm

Wow! This is really nice information. I appreciate your hard work here. I will definitely use your advices, because paper writing is the most boring work. But thanks to you I know how do it more interesting and more successful. I get to see more interesting stuff from you in futur

02/28/2017 12:45am

Minecraft Download: Minecraft is a combination of exploration, creativity, and survival.

03/01/2017 2:27am

Most popular rhythm-based platformer game is available on android platform with one-touch gameplay and great stimulating soundtracks.

03/01/2017 2:32am

Enjoy all your most preferred series; remain from where you leave and a big number of other excellent features to find out for yourself.

03/01/2017 2:36am

Xpadder provides fresh stages of customization for your gamepads; the finest issue about Xpadder windows 10 is that its utilization doesn’t stop with games.

03/01/2017 5:06am

Maharashtra SSC Time Table 2017: Soon, the Maharashtra State Board of

Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is going to announce

the Maharashtra SSC Time Table 2017.

03/22/2017 12:10pm

I just want to say thanks for this great post, quality article and will look more of your respective fascinating content. Superb sharing!

03/27/2017 12:44pm

Thanks Your Post Such a great & informative post. A useful wording is a great way to highlight the significant aspects of the topic keep it up.

05/01/2017 4:13am

Many candidates had applied for the TET examination. Now they can get the Bihar TET Admit Card 2017 through the online

05/11/2017 12:38am

The Fourth of July is an awesome day for USA citizens


This is quite good.


Keep practicing, you have to learn many things in your life.


Do hard work on what you are practicing.

07/18/2017 7:28am

I am extremely appreciated for this blog. Its an instructive subject. It assist me especially with solving a few issues. stay from where you leave and a major number of other incredible components to discover for yourself. We need to value that dealing with the results of conduct is the most ideal approach to transform it. much obliged for sharing this post.

08/23/2017 6:39am

Well, it’s a nice one, I have been looking for. Thanks for sharing such informative stuff.


Watching movies either in theater/ on PC/ on Android devices gives great entertainment to movie lovers


Leave a Reply