How one yoga mum uses her Sleepyhead Deluxe+
In an effort to focus on health and wellness, we reached out to an Insta Sleepyhead mum. Professional yogi, Jesi Verchota, gave us some advice on how even the busiest of us can sneak in a quick power flow. Find out how Jesi incorporates her Sleepyhead Deluxe+ into her yoga flow sessions and why fitting in at least 20 minutes of movement a day is essential to her well-being.
How has yoga helped you be a better mum?
One thing I know for sure is that when I take the time to work-out, eat healthily, and meditate, I know I am a much better mother, wife and friend. Adjusting to having two little ones has not been easy. But that is not an excuse for me to sacrifice my time. When I give myself the gift of self-care, I’m able to be the best version of myself. For me, self-care looks like 20-30 minutes of movement every single day.
Some days that movement involves a quiet practice while the boys are napping. Other days it involves boys crawling all over me while I try to remain strong and still in a yoga pose. I have also taken my training and what I have learned and incorporated it into playtime with the kids. We read yoga stories, play yoga games and listen to bedtime guided meditations together.
When did you start practicing?
I started practicing at home in 2008. I received a yoga mat and DVD for my birthday and I used the same Yoga DVD for two years! I realised I wanted more so I joined a gym and tried different teachers and styles. In 2011 I wanted even more and pursued my 200 hour YTT (Yoga Teacher Training).
My practice has changed A LOT since then. I had the luxury of practising anywhere, anytime, flowing to a great album or in silence. Currently my practice is quick (yet effective), far from quiet and includes the challenge of entertaining the children in order to complete my session.
Was there an "a-ha moment" of when you realised yoga was essential to your well-being?
I’m a former NBA Dancer and Cheerleader and danced my way through college! I have danced my entire life, so movement has always been a part of what I know. My first job after university required a lot of travel (90% to be exact). I went from constantly moving to sitting in an aeroplane two days a week, every week. That is when I knew that yoga and movement were essential to my well-being.
It wasn’t until I had kids that I realised that meditation was essential to my well-being. Sitting quietly, taking time to connect my mind, breath and body are key to keeping me calm in the most hectic of moments.
Any tips for new mums looking to add yoga to their fitness routines?
Fitness and yoga with your kids can be fun for the both of you! Try working out with your little one by your side in their Sleepyhead pod or holding them for added strength. It can be in the moment or a part of nap time routine!
Here are some ways to incorporate your little one into your yoga routine:Place your baby in their Sleepyhead Deluxe+ next to you and play peek-a-boo as you transition from one stretch to another. Stretch over your little one in downward facing dog or plank and incorporate touch by rubbing baby’s tummy while in a seated twist or massaging baby’s feet while in a forward fold!
Once your baby is feeling settled you can add a little flow to your practice moving from one pose to the next on your mat nearby. Here are a few yoga flows to start with:
Down Dog to Plank Flow:
Start in Downward Facing Dog
INHALE: shift weight forward, shoulders over wrist to PLANK POSE
EXHALE: shift hips to the sky, DOWNWARD FACING DOG
Seated Twist To Mermaid Flow (Both sides)
Start with legs swept over to one side
INHALE: take arms to sky
EXHALE: reach opposite hand to opposite knee, reach other hand to the floor behind
INHALE: lift front hand up and back lifting the hips
Wide Leg Forward Fold and Twist:
Begin with Sleepyhead pod on mat between legs
With your hands to your side, INHALE: lengthen through your spine. EXHALE: fold forward
INHALE: stack the spine and come up to seated
EXHALE: reach your left hand to right foot (right hand reaches back)
INHALE centre: reach to the opposite side
How has your Sleepyhead pod helped you with your practice?
We have a toy arch, which has been an amazing accessory for our Sleepyhead. My little one loves to swipe at the toys and it’s fun to hear his giggles and see him practise hand-eye coordination. I love having my Sleepyhead on a mat right next to mine as a comfortable place for my little one to be while I practise next to him. I teach mummy-and-me yoga as well and I have even brought him to class and put him in his pod while I teach!
You can follow Jesi on Instagram at @Jesi_moves and view our full Sleepyhead Deluxe+ collection here.