With MOLLY GOECKE

Finding Space in Close Quarters

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

“Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.” -Charlotte Eriksson

Full Offering: Mindful Mamas – Finding Space in Close Quarters.

Favorite Quote: “Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.”  -Charlotte Eriksson

Practice: Family Yoga, Mommy & Me Yoga and Kid’s Yoga.

Where: Primarily in public libraries and private homes. New classes are coming in May on Outschool.com.

Location: USA | Greenbrae, CA just outside of San Francisco

Credentials: 200 hour RYT, Pre/Post-natal and Children’s Yoga Instructor.

Contact: On Outschool.com at Mindful Molly’s Yoga

“Show up. This is usually the hardest part of a yoga practice.  By putting your ego aside, you will be able to show up with out judgment for yourself and others.” -Molly Goecke

MAGIC MOMENTS. Interview

DESCRIBE, FOR OUR LISTENERS, SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF?

I developed a yoga practice that catered to new moms and children. It was unique in many ways, however, what I am most proud of is how it affected my own family. 

I took my daughter to every class that I taught.  As a baby, she was in a wrap attached to me or lying on the mat below me watching.  As she got older, I was holding her and teaching with one arm.  By the time she was 4, she had been to over 1000 classes. 

My mission was to be an example to all of the moms that came to my classes.  I wasn’t just instructing them but I was showing them by feeling, living, and ‘being’ in the moment with them.  There were classes where I had to exit a pose to catch my escaping crawler or savasana that was spent rocking a crying baby. 

I welcomed a safe space for both parents and the children. My daughter also experienced every one of these moments.  Yoga had become a part of her every day life. She learned not only breathing techniques and poses, but she also learned patience, compassion, and empathy.

<cont.> She learned how to be present, how to be calm when others are in chaos, and my all time favorite….she learned how to hold space for herself and others.  Having a yoga routine and sharing with others has truly made her a better little human and well, it has made our relationship something even more beautiful than I could have imagined.

WHAT’S YOUR YOGA ADVICE, FOR OUR LISTENERS?

As a newly certified instructor and a new mom, I saw first hand the need for a practice designed to allow parents breath and movement while also holding space for the needs of the children. I always encourage my clients to allow their children to be in this calm with them. 

Time and again, I see the presence of the parent settle into the mat and slowly but surely the child also settles and relaxes into the space.  Find your space, settle in, let them climb, let them talk, let them lay around you, let them read a book, let them watch.  As for you, find your breath, find your calm, settle into your mat. 

The longer you sit calmly, with your breath; your child will start to mimic you. They may sit on your lap, lie next to you, or sit in a chair and calmly watch you.  Be patient!  This takes a consistent practice.  The more you do this, your child will learn that this is a safe space and time for both of you and they will join or respect that time. 

I truly believe this.

SHARE THREE QUICK TIPS?

1. Show up. 2. Be present. 3. Go slow.

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