Here on my blog, I probably have more posts about yoga than about other physical activities. After five years, this topic is still interesting to me. Yoga is getting more and more integrated into my life. Now, especially when I became a certified yoga teacher, I want to talk about this topic even more. But today not about me.
There are many styles of yoga and also teachers who work with different groups of people. This variety helps create a community of like-minded people and makes it easier to solve problems and help people through yoga.
Today I want to introduce a yoga teacher Keris Timol from Texas, who works exclusively with moms. If you are planning or currently have a child, learn more about why yoga can benefit you.
How did your yoga journey begin? When did you decide you wanted to be a yoga teacher?
My yoga journey began over ten years ago. I was looking for something to compliment my workouts. Yoga soon became much more than physical exercise. After taking teacher training in Bali, I decided I wanted to devote my life to helping others learn the beautiful practice of yoga.
How has yoga changed your life? What benefits do you get from yoga?
Yoga has changed my life in so many ways. Each season that I have been through thus far in my life, yoga has helped dramatically. It has helped me manage my grief, find my passion, keep me physically and mentally healthy. Yoga benefits each individual in the way that they need it the most. For example, I work primarily with moms, and if a mom is dealing with anxiety, yoga will benefit her. If a mother is having trouble finding her purpose or passion, yoga can help.
Do you like other physical activities, or is yoga the only one? How much time do you spend on yoga practice daily?
I love hiking and occasionally running. I grew up playing basketball; I played in university and also professionally in the U.K. now, I play for fun with my son and daughter.
Why did you decide to teach moms exclusively?
After having two children, I realized how much yoga and meditation have helped me navigate motherhood and stay positive. I noticed a lot of moms struggling to find balance and enjoy their life and their kids. My passion is to help moms find this again and live joyfully and with balance.
How is yoga for mothers different from regular yoga practice?
We focus primarily on issues that affect mothers. The mindset we tackle works with specific problems such as stopping yelling at your kids or finding balance in the home. Some examples of the work we do include meditations for moms dealing with daily stress or yoga practices for moms who lack sleep.
Is it difficult to practice yoga or any other physical activity when you have children?
It can be difficult if you do not find the time or commit to doing it. It is an investment in you.
Do women come to your yoga classes together with children? How are the sessions going?
Sometimes they do! I have had mothers bring their babies to class, and we work around it or include the baby. The sessions are going well! I have a new program launching in February for moms. It's called Reclaim Your Life.
What are your future goals related to yoga?
I hope to reach more moms and continue to grow our incredible Facebook community. A yoga retreat for moms is in the works 😉
Thank you! I wish you good luck!