342: The Yoga of Parenting with Sarah Ezrin

Parenting can be really challenging, but yoga can be a useful toolkit for parents and people supporting parents. Sarah Ezrin (she/her/hers), author of The Yoga of Parenting Book, has some insights on how yoga can help with the struggles of parenting.

Sarah Ezrin is an author, freelance writer, yoga educator, and content creator based in the Bay Area. She writes extensively on the subjects of yoga, parenting, and mental health, often interweaving these themes, and she is a regular contributor for a variety of popular publications. Her recently published new book is The Yoga of Parenting: Ten Yoga-Based Practices to Help You Stay Grounded, Connect with Your Kids, and Be Kind to Yourself.

Sarah talks about her why for doing this work and what inspired her to write this book on yoga and parenting. She also shares the two articles that really resonated with people over the years, and how her book is different from other parenting books that can feel really overwhelming to parents. Sarah and Shannon discuss being a present parent, feeling guilty about taking time for yourself, and how to deal with unsolicited parenting advice.

Whether you’re currently in the thick of parenting, are a new parent, or past the “active parenting” stage with older children or supporting parents in yoga classes, Sarah’s tips about the yoga of parenting will definitely be useful.

Key Takeaways:

[3:18] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode – Sarah Ezrin.

[7:43] There’s a special book draw you can enter to win one of Sarah’s books!

[9:05] Sarah talks about her why and what gets her out of bed in the morning.

“What really gets me out of bed are the people that feel seen and heard by my work.” ~ Sarah Ezrin

[11:08] What are some pieces of content Sarah has created that have really resonated with people?

“I just felt there was a lack of parenting books that were normalizing making mistakes.” ~ Sarah Ezrin

[14:19] What motivated Sarah to start writing this book that connects yoga to parenting?

[18:29] What are some ways that yoga can help in parenting moments?

[22:38] Even as adults, we have moments of dysregulation.

[24:02] How did Sarah organize her book for parents and how does she hope people will use it?

[26:20] Shannon pops in with a message about OfferingTree – a software that saves her time, money, and headaches!

[27:27] What were some parts of the book that were challenging for Sarah to write?

[30:45] Shannon and Sarah discuss how overwhelming it can be to write a book, particularly about topics as huge as yoga and parenting.

[34:21] What are some things that Sarah has learned while writing the book that have positively impacted how she parents?

“All of us are the best parents for our Children. We are the best expert on our child.” ~ Sarah Ezrin

[35:51] Shannon shares her personal experience of receiving unwanted parenting advice.

[40:21] What tips does Sarah have for a parent who feels like they don’t have time to meditate or do yoga?

[44:06] Sarah addresses the guilt that parents often experience about taking time for themselves.

“The more I think I know, the less I know and the less I need to know.” ~ Sarah Ezrin

[49:02] Where can you get a copy of Sarah’s book and connect with her?

[51:38] Shannon shares her biggest takeaways from this conversation with Sarah and gives the details of the book giveaway!


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