What Are Mindful Moms Groups?
Developed by Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Parent Educator and Certified Yoga Instructor Jaclyn Long, Mindful Moms Groups are in-person programs that meet regularly and offer mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, and authentic conversations for any mom who is ready for a stronger, more caring relationship with herself and her children.
Our Four Pillars
Mindful Moms is a holistic wellness program that reflects the values of self-awareness, compassion, authenticity and meaningful relationships. Each class features four components grounded in Jaclyn’s years of study of mindfulness, yoga, and compassionate parenting practices.
Mindfulness- the practice of bringing your awareness to the present moment- is one of the greatest resources we can access as we navigate through the beautiful chaos of motherhood. Mindfulness is giving ourselves permission to explore what we’re really feeling, to find the space to look underneath the stress ~ behind the waterfall ~ and focus on what’s really going on inside. Mindfulness gets us in touch with the presence of being alive and helps us to embrace both joy and suffering with curiosity, kindness and gentleness. It is this very presence, gentle compassion and self-understanding that will deeply nourish our relationships with our kids.
As mothers, we give so much of ourselves, both emotionally and physically. Taking the time to BREATHE with awareness and releasing stored tension through gentle yoga sequences helps us to recharge our spirits. After moving, stretching and breathing together, we can return home to our families more grounded and centered and ready to be the awake and aware moms our kids need us to be.
Motherhood is one of the most important, toughest and most stressful jobs on the planet. Often it feels like we’re barely keeping our heads above water. Deep relaxation techniques help us to let go of stress, lower our baseline anxiety levels, and regulate our emotional responses so we can be more relaxed and at ease when we interact with our kids.
LESS JUDGEMENT, MORE AUTHENTICITY & SUPPORT
Motherhood isn’t meant to be navigated alone. We need other women to help us celebrate the joyful moments and process the challenges of being someone else’s mom. We need to know that we’re not the only ones, and that others truly understand, so we don’t feel so ashamed of our shortcomings. We need to belong.
Mindful Moms Groups exist to transform our relationships to ourselves, each other and our children with compassionate, non-judgemental awareness. At the heart of it all, our groups are focused on building a community spirit and deepening connections among moms, so after practicing mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga, the women are invited to share authentically about the joys and challenges of motherhood. The mothers in our circle are encouraged to connect and support each other outside of class as well, so a strong community of moms develops over time!
This program is for mothers only (no kids in attendance please). Our groups are designed to have moms come no matter how old or young their children are. It has been a rich process for moms of young adults to be in the same group with moms who have babies and teens.
We do ask that moms come alone, without children, so that there can be a deepening of presence and focus in the room. Our only exception is for mothers with lap babies / newborns, because we want to make sure that women who just made the transition to motherhood can get the support they need and deserve, even if they can’t separate from their baby just yet. While this does cause a little disruption to the focus of the class, we feel it is worth it so that moms can get support and much needed connection.
The cost varies depending on how many weeks the class runs, and how long each meeting is. Some groups meet weekly or monthly, for 1.5, 2 or 3 hours at a time. Each group is unique. Please see the full SCHEDULE to find the cost for the group that works best for you. Our Spanish-Speaking groups in East Palo Alto and Half Moon Bay are free. Please let your Spanish-speaking friends, babysitters, nannies and co-workers know about this FREE opportunity to get support!
Currently, we offer Mindful Moms groups at various locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. (Click here to see our Schedule.) If you would like to participate, but live outside of the SF Bay Area, we would LOVE to have you join our Dedicated Moms online program, so you can join us from anywhere in the world, at the most convenient time for you!! BONUS: While you are enrolled in one of our Mindful Moms groups, you get FREE access to our Dedicated Moms online program!
Mindful Moms Groups are small circles of moms who share a common desire for deeper and more nourishing relationships with themselves and their kids. All groups are led by Mind Body Moms facilitators, who have extensive training as holistic wellness instructors and have backgrounds in family counseling and parenting education.
Each week, inspiring themes are woven into the mindfulness and yoga practice, such as self-care, mindful parenting, warm limit setting, handling our children’s emotional moments, managing maternal anxiety and cultivating compassion for ourselves and for our children.