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Can Mindful Meditation Improve Your Parenting Skills?

While visions of yoga positions and peaceful meditation in a serene environment may be what first enter your mind when you think of mindful meditation, it is actually possible (and beneficial) to use this technique during those parenting moments when you are ready to pull your hair out. You know, child is throwing a tantrum or refuses to stay in bed, siblings are fighting it out in the middle of the grocery store, adolescent is having a meltdown over homework—those kind of less than pleasurable moments!

Mindful meditation is the practice of opening our attention and awareness to the perpetual passing of sensations, feelings thoughts, images, sounds and smells without putting forth judgment or evaluation. This is very different than what is known as concentrative meditation in which you sit perfectly still focusing on one thought or phrase or on emptying your mind. Of course, you may want to go to that zoned-out place when your toddler is screaming in the middle of the frozen food section, but it is going to take a mindful meditation approach to successfully navigate through it to both your benefit and the child’s benefit.

What are the Benefits of Mindful Meditation?

·         Improved concentration and focus

·         Increased calmness

·         Enhanced self-awareness

·         Increased understanding of others and empathy

·         Improved, natural skills for effective conflict resolution

Isn’t it easy to see how these benefits could support you in your parenting efforts? Imagine what it would be like to get parenting results without feeling like your blood pressure is going through the roof…without raising your voice…without lashing out in frustrating and anger. This is what mindfulness in parenting is all about.

Why Choose Mindfulness Parenting?

Let’s face it, today’s children and teens are over-scheduled, over-tested, over-stimulated, and over-exposed. Bringing in the peacefulness and purpose of mindfulness techniques can provide a sense of calm in the middle of a storm of chaos and uncertainty, enabling you to rear well-balanced, self-aware kids who learn excellent coping mechanisms from you.

How Can You Incorporate Mindful Meditation in Parenting?

You can begin to incorporate small mindfulness practice into your daily life to reap the benefits both in your life and in your child’s life. Of course, there is always more to learn, and I am here to help you if you want to learn more about mindful meditation in parenting, but you can begin today on your own.

·         Take a few minutes each day to listen to a tone and breathe with your child or children.

·         Consider utilizing Zen chimes or a Tibetan singing bowl with your child—I’ve used this during my work in the school and the kids love it!

·         During times of stress or conflict, take a moment to stop, breathe and become aware of the things that are happening around you and in you, and avoid placing judgment on those things. Avoid evaluating them or trying to figure them out. This practice will bring you more clarity of thought and peacefulness, which will transfer to your child.

If you are interested in utilizing mindfulness in parenting or just in your life in general, feel free to contact me for personal coach. I will guide you through the process of incorporating mindfulness practice into your daily life. Right away, you will begin to experience the physical, mental and emotional benefits of this practice, such as increased dopamine levels and physical changes in the brain to decrease stress levels.

For more information about mindfulness coaching, mindful parenting and mindful weight loss connect with Ana María at

Rediscover Yourself Through Mindfulness

Yes, that is a heavy title for a blog, but this is where I am right now. Whether you are struggling to find the motivation to lose weight, feeling overwhelmed by all that you are facing in life, miserable in your job, or just feeling blah about life in general, this blog is for you.

Mindfulness practice can help you to navigate through these challenges and help you to get in touch with the true you, which will then help you to achieve the goals AND life you want for yourself.

Do you remember who you were before circumstances of life turned you into the person you are today?

Who would you be if you didn’t have any constraints and baggage holding you back?

This is the person you will rediscover through mindfulness practice.

My mindfulness course entitled “Rediscovering Your Authentic Self” is currently being featured at the Goddess Yiniversity at!rediscovering-your-authentic-self/c1v7i. With this course, I will guide you through the process of incorporating mindfulness practice into your daily life. Right away, you will begin to experience the physical, mental and emotional benefits of this practice, such as increased dopamine levels and physical changes in the brain to decrease stress levels.

Lower stress levels? I know that caught your attention!

In your journey to a healthier and fitter body, it is important to consider how your mind and spirit are connected to your body. When you can increase the health of each component, you will begin to experience increased overall well-being—this is the kind of stuff that can transform your life and help you to finally get out of your rut and start living life to the fullest.

Each lesson in this course will involve prompts for reflection and journaling that are designed to help you see your innermost self. If you are someone who wants to deepen inner awareness or are seeking to bring a higher level of authenticity, inward peace and personal care into your daily life, this course is the vehicle to get you there.

If you are ready to say goodbye to lack of motivation, complacency, self-hatred, and poor boundaries, now is your time. Check out “Rediscovering Your Authentic Self” and let this be the year you step out of your comfort zone and get that life you have always wanted. This course is available for 10% off through March 30th, 2013.

To learn more about this Goddess Yiniversity course and receive the “Rediscovering Your Authentic Self” course for 10% off, visit!rediscovering-your-authentic-self/c1v7i. For more information about workout plans, finding the motivation to lose weight, nutrition coaching and all of the tools you need to get fit fast, connect with Brooklyn Fit Mami at


Tips and Workout Plan for Sore Muscles

Tips and Workout Plan for Sore Muscles

We’ve all been there—unable to fully extend an arm after a push-up fest, crouching fearfully over the toilet because the pain in our thighs is so intense that it feels impossible to sit down. This type of muscle soreness can really put a damper on the most inspired workout plans. How do I know this? Because I am there…right now, today!

Sore Muscles

The outrageous number of squats in Slim in 6 has left my gluteus maximus hurting. I can tell it is muscle pain, not joint-pain, so I know it is important for me to keep going to build those muscles. But that doesn’t negate the fact that it hurts, and it makes me not want to work out (or sit in a chair for that matter).

Have you gotten to the super sore point in a workout routine, only to quit or give-up because you don’t want to deal with the sore muscles? If so, you aren’t alone. But as long as you can determine that the pain is indeed muscle soreness and not joint pain or a pulled muscle, it is safe and, in fact, beneficial to keep moving forward in your workout .

Why Do Muscles Get Sore When Working Out?

When you begin new workout plans, increase the intensity of your routine or use new muscles, they become sore due to microdamage in the fibers of your muscles and connective tissues. This pain typically becomes most intense around 48 hours after the workout and then gradually decreases. If you continue to work those muscles, they will get used to it and you’ll notice that you can do more and more without experiencing the muscle soreness.

The process of microdamage is actually a good thing! You are breaking down the muscles to build them even stronger, so keep that in mind when you gritting your teeth as you squat down to pick up your shoes.

In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help you through muscle soreness:

·         Apply an ice pack on the muscle to decrease inflammation that leads to pain. Wrap the ice pack in a paper towel or thin cloth towel to avoid skin discomfort.

·         Use gentle stretching to loosen up the stiff muscles.

·         Consider using MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) post-workout. This supplement is an organic form of sulfur and is typically available in powder form. MSM detoxifies cells and helps the muscles to get rid of lactic acid build-up that leads to inflammation and soreness.

Don’t let muscle soreness slow you down. I know it can be challenging to push through it, but when you are on the other side with stronger muscles and a fitter physique, you’ll be glad you did.

Tell me about what solutions you have to handle post workout soreness in the comments section below.


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