An article I wrote for The Yoga Lunchbox about Spilt Milk Yoga — What it is — Where you can get some more — and How mothers are changing the world! Motherhood is a fast-track opportunity to gaining self-knowledge. What does self-knowledge mean? What is inner work and how do we DO it? How does one actually self-transform? Motherhood is like the most intense, long haul retreat you could ever go on; you meet your best and your worst behaviours, and no matter what you have to show up every day and be “Mum”, even when you don’t feel up to it. And…
Spilt Milk Yoga is the book I wish I’d had when I became a mother.
I want the best for my children, like all mothers around the world. And often a little thing will get in the way of our day together being the joyful wonder that life is, and often that thing is in me. In reaction to the spilt milk of my mothering day I react; I flare up, feel hurt, angry, lonely, anxious. The spilt milk will just happen, but I want to grow my conscious response to it, and become more the person I want to be. That’s the yoga part, my inner work. It’s important but it’s not easy.
If you are a mother yearning for greater freedom to love your life while you live it, to be present to your joy and your children, then Spilt Milk Yoga is for you. If you want to connect to your own inner wisdom, (which is in there, no matter how far away from it you may feel) and thrive, not just survive motherhood, then Spilt Milk Yoga will guide you toward growing your capacity for self-knowledge, joy and purpose, not in spite of motherhood but because of it.