New to motherhood or not, being a parent can throw you off your game--on a daily basis! The ups and downs are frequent and struggling to find balance simply becomes par for the course. As mothers, we might never attain perfect balance between self-care and servitude, but we can deepen our connection to “self” with a little help from Mother Earth. Certain naturally occurring rocks—known as healing crystals—are believed to offer support on many fronts including love, self-esteem, and mental clarity. The list of applications is long and people all over the world have used healing crystals of all kinds for thousands of years.
Today we’re sharing our top 7 healing crystals for Mama to help you integrate a little healing and self-love into motherhood.
Rose Quartz – Promotes Love
Known as the stone of unconditional love, rose quartz is a fitting treasure for Mamas. Not only does this pretty pink rock promote love of all kinds—including self-love—it also supports emotional healing. Weather you have experienced a loss of pregnancy in the past, or are feeling disconnected with your former self now that you are a mother, rose quartz is a beautiful reminder that love is all around, AND most importantly, within you. Keep this stone visible as a reminder to take care of yourself, even in little ways, everyday. Whether you take a minute (guilt-free!) to put your feet up, or simply allow yourself a few cleansing breaths throughout your day, know that to love others you must first love yourself.
To Use: Rose Quartz corresponds to the heart chakra. Wear a mala close to your heart to amplify expressions of love in your life—especially those that nourish and heal you.
Aquamarine – Brings Courage
Possessing the calming powers of the sea, aquamarine is said to reduce stress and quiet the mind. Mamas feeling overwhelmed by responsibility can keep this stone near to support their inner strength and to find courage in this new season of their lives. Meditating with aquamarine can also help Mamas increase tolerance and overcome judgment of self and others—a reminder that every Mama is simply doing her best! And, as if aquamarine wasn’t sounding great enough, it’s also known in ancient folklore as the treasure of mermaids!
To Use: Keep aquamarine in your bath or shower to honour water as the origin of life on this planet (and feel like a gorgeous mythical creature while doing so!)
Himalayan Salt Rock – Elevates Mood
If you’ve ever thought of your body as a vessel, then you know it’s essential to “refill” once in a while! Pink Himalayan salt rock (used in lamps to simulate the electromagnetic charge that comes after a rainstorm) is said to elevate moods, and dispel negative energy. This rosy salt contains trace minerals and helps your skin retain moisture when combined with H2O, making it the perfect addition to your bath time routine. Keep an apothecary jar in your bathroom filled with pretty pink salt to encourage a spa-inspired self care ritual a few times a week.
To Use: Grab a good book and get ready to relax! Sprinkle ½ cup Himalayan salt into a warm bath. Combine with magnesium flakes to increase mineral absorption.
Clear Quartz – Amplifies Intentions
A crystal like no other, clear quartz is believed to hold onto the energy of your intensions, while dispelling negativity. For Mamas that hold secret wishes and blessings in their hearts for their children (and really, isn’t that every Mama?) clear quartz is listening. Not only does this crystal embody your intensions, but it also amplifies them into the universe—like turning up the volume of your inner voice. Clear quartz is also known as the ultimate manifesting stone, because it amplifies the healing qualities of the stones that surround it! So, Mamas looking to build a crystal collection will want to make sure they include this one.
To Use: Place clear quartz in areas of your home where you spend time formulating intensions such as next to family photos, upon alter, or in a bowl with other healing crystals.
White Jade – Realizes Potential
Entering into motherhood is the unfolding of a new self. Every Mama-to-be has the desire and potential to be a loving, nurturing parent, and white jade can be a supportive stone while stepping into this new role. Associated with the crown chakra, white jade channels intuition and supports focus towards the things that matter most in your life by warding off unwanted distractions Use this stone to realize your potential in all areas of life, whether your aim is to be a more mindful parent, better support your family by getting a raise at work, or connect with your creative side.
To Use: Keep white jade close to your workplace (office or home) to help you reach your goals, while maintaining perspective on the things that matter most.
Sodalite – Calms the Mind
From the unfamiliar world of giving birth, to welcoming your Little One home, being a new Mama can be overwhelming, and self-doubt is totally normal. Even the most serene mother will experience anxiety from time to time when it comes to her caregiving abilities! Enter soladite; the stone of rational thought, truth, and intuition. Royal blue and often speckled with sandy yellow, soladite quiets the mind and fortifies self-trust. The calming power of soladite is a wonderfully supportive energy as you navigating motherhood--you got this!
To Use: Because this is one of the best crystals for soothing stress and anxiety it’s helpful to have close by. Wear soladite as a bracelet, or keep some in your purse for calming support.
Moonstone – Grounds Emotions
Shimmering with ethereal hues of blue and cream, moonstone is believed to be a powerful healing crystal for women. Not only is this crystal beautiful to look at, but it also helps to stabilize and ground emotions while supporting hormonal balance. Just as the moon moves through it’s cosmic cycle, moonstone reminds Mamas that their bodies are rhythmic in nature, and that life is cyclical like the seasons. This is the perfect crystal for inspiring mindful moments as Mama goes-with-the-flow of motherhood.
To Use: Keep moonstone near your bedside to inspire sweet dreams and to help you align with the unique rhythms of your female body.
For thousands of years, people have looked to crystals formed by the earth for healing, guidance, and support. Whether you choose to wear a crystal mala to promote self-love, or keep a selection of rocks arranged on your bedside table for serenity, there’s bound to be a healing crystal that speaks to you as a Mama.
They say the first time you’ll ever experience truly selfless love is when you become a Mama; from the day you channel loving intentions to your baby bump, to the many ways you change your lifestyle in order to care for your child. No one can deny that motherhood is next-level when it comes to expressions of love. And although endless cuddles are all it takes to convince babe that they are loved beyond all else, you may be searching for creative ways to show your affection as your little one gets older.
We all dread the day our public profession of love will be met with rolling eyes at the schoolyard gates, but the good news is there are lots of ways to say, “I love you” beyond these three magic words! Every child needs to feel loved, however, they won’t all welcome expressions of love in the same way. And most important to consider is that they may not welcome expressions of love in the same way that YOU do. So today we’re sharing 5 different approaches to show your babes you love them!
Words are powerful. Without a doubt, they are one of the most effective ways to communicate your meaning, which is why the simple words “I love you” are never a bad idea. That said, hearing the same thing over and over again can cause it to lose its depth of meaning! Try telling your little ones how much they mean to you in a new way: look them in the eyes and offer affirmation for their accomplishments, efforts, or simply for being themselves.
They don’t say, “actions speak louder than words” for nothing. Showing your love through kind actions is a wonderful example to set for your babes and one you likely do on a daily basis many times over! From helping them squeeze their mitten-covered hands through their coat sleeves, to tucking them in at night, there is no shortage of ways Mamas can show their unconditional love.
Gift giving can sometimes be saddled with the stigma of “materialism”, however certain children find extraordinary meaning in these tokens of love. Even a modest gift given with warmth and affection will be treated like a treasure to children who respond to this approach. You might try your hand at a simple DIY project, or perhaps you’ll add your little one’s favorite treat to the shopping cart next time you’re at the grocery store! It doesn’t so much matter what the gift is, so long as it symbolizes your love.
In a day and age where parents often feel stretched thin—between their work, their family’s needs, and their own self-care, among other things—time really is precious. Despite the pleasure of after school activities, and privilege of entertainment systems, some children simply want a little one-on-one time with their Mama. No, you can’t add more hours to the day (if only!), but you can decide to take a few minutes to kneel down with your little one and witness the magic of the moment. Maybe a few to-dos get bumped down the priority list, but we guarantee it will be worth it!
Is there anything better than holding your little one close? Most Mamas would rate a good long cuddle from their babes as a deeply fulfilling expression of love, and the same goes for some children. It’s been scientifically proven that your physical presence, in the form of a hug for example, lowers your child’s heart rate and reduces their feelings of stress. Try these gestures of love to reassure your little one that they are loved by you.
There are so many ways to show your babes just how much you love them, so have fun and be creative! Try a few new ways of expressing your affection and see which approach resonates best with your littles. Not only will you be saying, “I love you” in more ways than usual, but you’ll also be teaching your babes that there are many ways to show others they care. Your initiative has the power to strengthen your Mother/child bond and grow your child’s sense of self-worth, while teaching them ways to communicate feelings from the heart.
How do you show your little ones love? Share with us in the comment section below.
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Ahhh baby names ♡ Thousands and thousands to choose from and so many places to draw inspiration from as well.
When we heard that Jamie (our founder) was going to have a babe of her own, we couldn't help but wonder what she'd name her little one. Which got us thinking about you, our community and your little bundles of joy. We thought we'd put together a little survey showing us the top baby names of 2018 from mamas in our studio.
Can you help us?
If you had a baby in 2018, what did you name them? Share your baby's name in the form below.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet."
We are so excited to be running our diaper drive again in support of Toronto's Diaper Bank. Last year's drive was such a success and we are so grateful for all the mamas that donated and helped us to give back and support others in our community.
We hope you join us in donating again this year. Together we can provide some relief to a mama in need.
How Can I Donate?
From now until Thursday, December 20th 2018, Yoga Mamas is accepting any loose, opened and new packages of diapers. Those looking to donate can simply drop them off at the front desk in our studio.
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