Last Sunday morning, a glorious “om” rang forth from hundreds of Pittsburghers, including myself. Comfortably ensconced in the warm and naturally-lit Wintergarden at PPG Place, we did a one-hour, mild-to-moderate intensity free yoga workout in the Vinyasa style. It was fantastic. And when that final om broke out, I felt relaxed and connected to the community around me–a feeling that is not easy for me to find these days.

When I first heard about Yoga in the Square, I thought I would take my kids. After all, it would be a cool experience for them. Plus, every preschooler could probably use a bit of mindfulness training-right? But as the week progressed, I decided to go by myself.

“GO!” My husband said on Sunday morning, practically pushing me out the door, “You need to do something for yourself,” he said. And he was right.

Yoga in the Square at the Wintergreen at PPG Place
Yoga in the Square at the Wintergreen at PPG Place

Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken a hard look at my life and realized something sad. I have virtually NO TIME for myself. If I’m not working on my blog, or shuttling my kids to and fro, or worrying about my husband, money, our careers, our future, then I’m sleeping. And I’m feeling stretched. Stretched thin. What makes it even sadder is that I wasn’t always this way. I used to enjoy things I did for myself. I used to think about my mental health and prioritize it. Trips to the museums, nights out with friends, date nights, workouts. I made time for it all.

I know I’m not alone here. As mothers, we put everybody’s needs above our own. And after awhile, the stress lines start to show. My experience at Yoga in the Square was about taking a step back and acknowledging that what is best for me, is best for my family, too.

I was back at the house within an hour and a half. And I jumped back into motherhood and all that comes with it. After all, it’s my life. I chose it. But I brought a fresh, new perspective to the day and that was good.

If you are so lucky to be able to get away at 10am next Sunday morning, I’ll be at Yoga in the Square. Get there early! And if you want to bring your family along, they will be welcome too!

© Copyright 2015 Nadine Champsi, All rights Reserved. Written For: The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog
Nadine Champsi

Nadine Champsi

I am a doctor turned write-at-home-mom who runs the Pittsburgh Mommy Blog and is editor of Kidsburgh. I have two wonderful young children and am happily married. My interests include cooking, green-living, gardening, being in the outdoors, listening to great music, checking out the city's cool art, coming up with creative things to do with my kids, and having as many adventures as I can!
Nadine Champsi

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