UPDATE | THE MOM SHOW - Why Yoga?
I often get asked 'Why yoga?' when I describe my thirty minute one woman comedy/drama show is me on a yoga mat, doing yoga and using yoga as a platform to share my work.
I wrote The Mom Show or The Most Boring Show Ever at first, as a cathartic exercise. The only thing coming out after having a baby was 'about having a baby'. It was natural for me to let the words flow from a true and honest place. I hope all women believe that what they have to share in their evolution into motherhood is valued and has a place in this world. We need to hear more from them.
For me, they are one. Intertwined and equally as valuable. From my womanhood I am mother, and from my mother I am woman.
Learning how to move my body again post birth by using my daily yoga practice was a healing journey. My identity had been drastically altered and I was adrift with my own spirit and calling. We'd all like to be those tough women who say "Motherhood didn't change me!" But it does! Anyone who says that it doesn't either has never had a child, been parents for years and blocked that stage of life out, or are trying to sell you something.
Yoga is the ultimate mind, body, spirit workout. By practicing it everyday that first month after my daughter was born I was giving myself permission to connect with my breath, my heartbeat, my true core questions and thoughts.
So when I sat down with all of my thoughts on Mother. Woman. Woman. Mother. And began to edit each draft, I was seeing how clearly it all ebbed and flowed. I could feel the inhale and the exhale in my words and the most natural thing in that moment was to pair them with yoga.
I chose yoga because it doesn't hide the truth about you. If you are anxious or unsettled it shows, if you are strong and confident, it also shows. There is a raw and deeply spiritual physical representation of oneself when you move your body and this is why I chose Yoga to be the platform for a one woman show about womanhood and motherhood intertwined.