NOTE: WORKSHOPS RUN ON TWO WEDNESDAYS PER MONTH FROM SEPTEMBER 7th THROUGH November 30th. ALL SEVEN WORKSHOPS ARE INCLUDED WHEN YOU RESERVE YOUR SPOT.
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world and it is both exhausting and overwhelming. The challenges were magnified during Covid-19 when we had to play a larger role in our child(ren)’s education. This is in addition to all the other stresses and worries that we are dealing with at this very unusual time.
Although we want the best for our child(ren) and we crave good connections with them, our parenting strategies often just seem to cause frustration and anxiety for everyone. With little guidance in our society about how to parent effectively, many of us end up yelling, reprimanding, threatening, and/or lecturing our kids on a consistent basis. These techniques tend to aggravate our relationships with our children, rather than strengthening them.
Through the lens of yoga philosophy, this workshop series not only offers practical tools to support letting go of the parenting patterns that do not serve our relationship with our child(ren), but also introduces new tools for more effective parenting, connection, and more peaceful cohabitation. We will also practice yoga, breathwork, meditation, and journaling, all of which can help us to hone more patience, reflection, and kindness in our everyday lives.
Below is a summary of each workshop :
Module 1: Why is parenting so hard and how can yoga guide our parenting?
Wednesday September 7, 2022, 6-8pm
In this opening workshop, we will reflect on our biggest parenting challenges, we will consider the key concepts of yoga philosophy that apply to parenting, and we will learn about what kind of parenting styles borrow from the traditions of yoga philosophy.
Self care: Breathing techniques
Module 2: Why am I triggered? Exploring our internal wounds from childhood and how they impact our parenting
Wednesday September 21, 2022, 6-8pm
The way we were raised and the insecurities we learned during childhood influence both how we parent our children and how we interact with our loved ones. These childhood experiences affect how we are triggered and how we react when things do not go according to plan. Additionally, societal norms influence the expectations we place on our children. We will explore the patterns we get stuck in as well as techniques to help break unconscious, negative cycles.
Self care: Yoga
Module 3: Emotional intelligence: How to deal with our own emotions and how to support our children when they have big feelings
Wednesday October 5, 2022, 6-8pm
Most of us didn’t learn emotional intelligence or how to deal with our emotions effectively. Instead, we simply stuff our feelings away without processing them. In this module, we will practice productive engagement with our own emotions rather than ignoring or denying them, so that we can avoid dumping these unprocessed feelings onto our children or other loved ones. We will also learn how to support our child(ren)’s emotional outbursts and how to “hold space” for them and their big feelings. Holding space is the practice of being there for someone without judging, criticizing, or commenting on their emotions or taking their behavior personally.
Self care: Breath healing and emotional release
Module 4: Why is my child behaving like that? Compassionately looking at situations through our child(ren)’s eyes
Wednesday October 19, 2022, 6-8pm
When our children or other loved ones are behaving “badly,” we often take it personally instead of looking at these occurrences from their perspectives. We will consider our children’s needs and what they are trying to communicate through their behavior. We will also think about how our children might view us as parents and what kind of unintentional messages our parenting communicates to them. Understanding the underlying causes of our children’s behavior will help us to find compassion for them, even in their darkest moments.
Self care: Meditation
Module 5: Act like the adult you want your children to become: how to encourage behavioral change through empowering our children, rather than through anger, shaming, and blaming
Wednesday November 2, 2022, 6-8pm
Strategies of bribery and punishment may work sometimes, at least in getting temporary compliance. However, they often put our children on the defensive, escalate the situation, and cause anger and resentment. This module presents different, more compassionate, and kind approaches to encourage our children to adjust their behavior. This includes setting clear and consistent boundaries, natural consequences, involving children in finding solutions, and setting a good example with our own behavior. These alternative approaches allow us to establish a closer, less contentious relationships with our child(ren) and leads to more connection and cooperation in the long-term.
Self care: Journaling
Module 6: The power of connection: How to connect more with your kids
Wednesday November 16, 2022, 6-8pm
This module will focus on how to be more present and mindful in our relationships, how to listen and communicate more consciously with our children and how to lead by example instead of lecturing with words. We will also play with some creative ways to engage with children when they are resistant, and how to respond to them with connection in various scenarios that might be challenging.
Self care: Laughter yoga
Module 7: Putting it all together
Wednesday November 30, 2022, 6-8pm
We will review what we have learned, identify areas of improvement in parent-child relationships during the previous classes, answer additional questions, and discuss areas that remain challenging. In addition, participants will receive resources that will help them to continue to learn, grow, and feel supported as parents going forward.
Self Care: Yoga with breath work, meditation, journaling and a bit of laughter!
Each module will be 2-hours in length and will include some combination of yoga philosophy, movement, breathwork and/or meditation. The great thing about engaging in these materials in a bi-weekly workshop format, is that you will be able to practice the content of each module between workshops and you will be able to report back and/or ask questions about anything that arises in between sessions.
What you will gain from this workshop series:
Gift yourself with a a well-deserved biweekly break from parenting and other responsibilities. Pamper yourself with yoga and meditation, time and space for yourself, and journaling. Taking care of yourself will help you to become a better parent. In addition, reconsider traditional parenting strategies, and/or those that have been passed down from previous generations and become a more conscious parent. Pause, reflect, and learn how to approach family life with more presence, compassion, patience, and connection.
This package includes:
Seven 2-hour parenting workshops;
practical guidance on parenting strategies that work to foster connection and joy with our families
yoga, meditation and breathwork sessions and guidance on how to breathe and meditate;
time to reflect, journal, and share experiences with other parents;
Whatsapp support between workshops;
connection with a community of other parents who want to find better connection with their child(ren);
a resource list.
The pricing is:
Early Bird until June 30: $250 for one person; $450 for a couple
After June 30: $300 for one person; $550 for a couple
A sliding scale and scholarships are available.
Spaces are limited due to social distancing! Please also note that dates may be changed due to rain or other unforeseeable circumstances.
About your instructor: Daniella Gould
I used to be a mom who yelled and threatened my son (now 14 years old) because this was the behavior that was modeled to me. However, I always felt unsettled by my behavior and how this behavior might affect my son. In fact, the way I treated my son led me to criticize and doubt myself and my ability to be a good parent. This frustration, in turn, led to feelings of more anger toward myself and my family, creating a vicious cycle. Once I made a concerted effort to apply the philosophy of yoga to my parenting, my approach to how I interact with my son, and how he responds, has changed. He feels more listened to and appreciated, and he has become much more helpful. Of course, family life still has its ups and downs, and I continue to learn every day. Incorporating yoga philosophy and principles has made me happier about my parenting approach. I’m a more confident and kind-hearted mother, and my connection with my son has grown.
Aside from being a mother, I own Santosa Yoga and Health in Condado, Puerto Rico. I teach public and private yoga, meditation, breathwork classes, workshops, and retreats. I like to incorporate yoga philosophy into all my work to help my students navigate the challenges of life. Parenting is often a struggle for many of us, so I am excited to offer this very practical training with guidelines to help really transform your relationship with your child(ren) whatever their age. Please come and join me to check out some parenting techniques that might just be life changing for you and for your kid(s).