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Today’s guest is Naomi Gottlieb–Miller. She is a mom, yoga teacher, self-care advocate, Air Force spouse and Star Trek nerd. She is passionate about working with busy moms and empowering them to take better care of themselves so they can re-write the story of what healthy motherhood feels like. She loves to make yoga fun and accessible for everyone she works with. Naomi is passionate about helping people find space for their daily yoga practice. We are discussing yoga, self care and parenting.
“Yoga is not just what you do on your mat but it’s how you live your life.”
What you’ll hear in this episode:
Parallels between yoga and parenting
Self exploration in yoga and parenting
How what we read influences our perception of how we parent
Making decisions about what matters to us vs what we “should” do
Yoga on social media and competition
The five second rule and how it relates to self-care
Habit change personality types
Yoga as a practice and how it relates to ego
The difference between simple and easy
Feeling into action and engaging – in yoga and parenting
Being with the discomfort in parenting and yoga
Therapeutic irritation and holding space and identifying appropriate times for release
Creating conscious conversations with our kids
Baby steps for starting yoga
Starting small as a way to inspire more future
What is a mantra and why is it helpful?
What does Joyful Courage mean to you?
Part of the reason that I was so jazzed to be featured on this podcast is I love the idea of Joyful Courage. When I think about Joyful Courage, there’s a part of me that’s actually reminded of a dear friend of mine who died, not to get all dark and sad but she loved climbing mountains. She was 6 feet tall and basically all Amazon woman, and she would just take on everything with this zest for life, you know, in everything that she did, whether it was climbing mountains or trying to raise a puppy or doing stream samples, checking water, it was just with this absolute utter joy but she was also, she would take on these challenges with this, “Life is meant to be lived.” And so she passed away actually in 2005, so it’s been quite a long time, she was young, she was 23, she had not yet turned 24, it was the same year I got my yoga teacher training and I try to live my life with that spirit now, with the idea of this zest for life. That things are going to be hard, things are going to be challenging, but damn it, I’m going to climb that mountain because if I didn’t, how would I feel? If I didn’t what would my life really feel like to me? And so that’s the thing that I try to teach my kids and it’s really challenging sometimes to encourage them to climb mountains, my kids are five and not yet two, but I want to share with them, because my five year old has that in her, she has that unquenchable thirst for life and she is so joyful and I think of her when I think of Joyful Courage. I think of this idea that life is meant to be lived and it is not easy and there are challenges but those mountains are meant to be climbed, no matter what. And so I try to impart that to my kids even in the really mundane moments when we are sitting at home and watching tv instead of outside climbing a mountain but it’s like, “What do you want to do? How do you want to live your life?” Joyful Courage, I think that is a beautiful vision of how I want to move through the world.
Naomi’s introductory Yoga videos on her Youtube channel NaomiGottliebMiller
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