34, Yoga Instructor, Health & Life Insurance Agent
My sweet family:
I love my little family. My daughter Priya is my greatest joy and such a sweet girl. She will be three years old in June. She is an only child for now. I am currently single, but I hope to get married one day and have more children. My parents help me a lot with balancing motherhood. Family is everything to me, and I am truly grateful for my family’s love and support.
My favorite part of being a mom:
My daughter has given me the courage to follow my heart and be true to myself. Before having my daughter, I was still searching for my purpose. She brought a sense of calm to my life when things felt hectic and chaotic. As long as I have breath in my body and the activity of my limbs, I will shoot for the stars and take her with me!
My biggest motherhood challenge:
One of my challenges has been asking for help and allowing myself to be vulnerable. Life is always a balancing act, but your responsibilities change once you have a child. I have redefined my priorities and learned to slow down and be more present. I also have to work hard to be organized. You have to have a plan and create order in your life as a parent. This is so important to me, and I am finding a better balance.
Balancing motherhood & fitness:
I’m a member of the YMCA, and my daughter loves the kid’s club. I’ve always felt very comfortable and safe allowing her to play there. I also teach yoga three days a week while she is in daycare, which helps me keep my stamina and experience as a teacher.
How I stay active:
I teach yoga three days a week. My current schedule at Highpoint Gym is 10:00 a.m. Monday mornings and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings. My third class is offered free to the community at Greenlaw Community Center on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. Fitness, for me, also means maintaining my mental wellness by taking deep breaths. A brisk walk and meditation can suffice and bring so much balance to our bodies.
My fitness goals:
I have recently launched my website, which I am extremely proud of: www.yinfinityandbeyond.com. My business offers corporate yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy to employees. The yoga and meditation classes can be scheduled for one-time events or recurring employee wellness programs.
The importance of prioritizing wellness:
I strive to be well because I know that I can not pour from an empty cup. My daughter needs me every day, but I also need me. I enjoy being her mother, but I also have my own needs and interests. Yoga is honestly a way I began to help myself. I also had cancer impact both sides of my family, so I understand how important diet and regular exercise is to maintain wellness.
My advice for new mothers:
Enjoy the journey. Being a parent is not about being perfect. I am learning so much about myself, and I love being a mom. Take pictures! Print them off. Savor the moments!
By Lucy Modzelewski
Photo by Laramie Wheeler