YOGA & MOTHERHOOD: Wisdom for New Moms

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 5.05.56 PMBoth for new mothers and all students of yoga, this article by teacher Paulina Julian is an inspiration to continue your  yoga practice no matter what life brings your way. Read on to discover Paulina’s take on yoga as a tool to find calm, stability and a sense of self.


I love the Golden Gate Bridge.

There are many reasons for this love. Probably my favorite is: it can’t always be seen. It has the capacity to hide itself under the dense San Francisco fog. And then, it reveals itself again. I love it for that.

Becoming a mother has revealed moments of a fogged up mind, of not knowing what has happened to the person I used to be and unsure of who I will be later. Is “mother” my identity now?  What about my past identities? The daughter, the student, the teacher, the wife, the nerd, the writer, the dancer, the professionist, the idealist. Sometimes I feel I am all those things; sometimes, that I am none of them at all. Exciting sometimes, and at other times, scary. 

Beneath the fog—the change—a question echoes:

Who am I?

The question ripples and reverberates like the Om at the start of a yoga practice.

This is the question I wake up to every morning. It’s the question that has begun to guide my yoga practice.

In the midst of little sleep, from caring for my little one, I wake up early when it’s still foggy outside and inside, and I get on my mat. I don’t really know what will come out of it. I just arrive. I have committed to my morning practice. Sometimes the fog is heavy.

But still, I know the space of clarity is there. I revel in the remembrance of The Golden Gate Bridge—the bridge that remains steady in the coming and going of cyclists, pedestrians, cars, winds, sunny days, and fog… lots of fog. Its stability in the midst (and mist) of change and uncertainty is inspiring.

I work through the tight muscles from carrying my babe and nursing and rocking him and repeating, and I breathe through the ache of a heart that opens more every day with love for this new little being. I sit with myself.

Who am I when I’m not the mother, the wife, the student, the teacher? When I’m just here, in the morning, with myself, with my breath. Even for just a moment.

Perhaps there is no answer. Perhaps who I am is simply that which is calling me to come close and listen for awhile.

And so I sit. I offer my practice. Breathe through the fog.

And then at some point, there it is,

the beautiful tip of the bridge.

See the original article here.


paulin juliancircle-01Paulina, originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, is a certified yoga instructor, a former professional dancer, and a Masters in Education graduate. Her passion for yoga on and off the mat, make her an avid student and an enthusiastic teacher.


She has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2000, and is a graduate of a 3 year Iyengar Teacher Training as well as Yoga Garden’s 200 Hr Yoga Alliance and Prenatal TT Programs, and is a Certified Relax and Renew Trainer. She currently teaches Prenatal, Mom & Baby, Restorative, and Hatha Align. Paulina enjoys teaching from personal experience. Her classes include emphasis on physical alignment, breath awareness, and an inward, meditative focus that help create a deeper connection to oneself. She continues her studies with senior yoga instructors Ramanand Patel and Judith Hanson Lasater, and many other wonderful teachers.


You can find her creative writing on yoga here.