Michelle Williams Yoga Center to Aid Single Mothers plus 5 Ideas for Single Mom Yoginis

Yoga and Single MomsActress Michelle Williams of Brokeback Mountain fame is creating a yoga studio for single mothers. The pilot program will begin in Boston, Massachusetts:

“Michelle Williams credits Yoga with helping her get  through the death of former boyfriend, Heath Ledger, saying in the story: “Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made me a better person and a better mother. I could come back to my daughter anew. And then I started to think about how expensive it is to get a babysitter to take a yoga class, which makes it out of reach for so many women. The idea behind the program is that if you can clear the time, we do the rest. It provides childcare while the mom is in the yoga class, and it’s all free.”

If you’re a single mom and you don’t live in Boston, here are some ideas to begin to bring the benefits of yoga into your life:

1) Switch-off child care duties with a group of parents – Ask around at your child’s school. There may be parents willing to switch off with you every other yoga class. If you can get a group of at least 3, two of you can go while the 3rd momma stays home with the kids.

2) Alternate your studio practice with at-home yoga DVDs – While it’s optimal to get into a group class and share in the yoga community, stay fit between classes by practicing yoga at home with a DVD or audio class. You can find free online yoga videos at several top yoga studios, including YogisAnonymous.com in Los Angeles, which has free, live streaming video of its yoga classes. Also check out www.physiic.com which has live, online yoga classes including classes by our very own Share Yoga contributor and yoga teacher Laura Erdman-Luntz. Practicing yoga at home sets a great example of health and self-care for your kids.

3) Group practice at home – Take turns hosting a yoga class at your home with your friends and other single parents. Create a weekly schedule with a group of your friends. Then when it’s your night, clear the furniture out of the living room, turn on some music, and get your yoga on.

4) Split a sitter – Ask around for a trustworthy sitter that can handle two or three kids and then split the cost. You’ll only be gone for a couple of hours at most and if the sitter will agree to lower their cost, you could pay just $5/person with a group of moms.

5) YMCA or church groups – Sometimes your local YMCA/YWCA will have free or low-cost child-care while you work out. Ask around. You’ll be surprised what you can find.

Have any more great ideas on how to cut child-care costs so you can practice yoga regularly? Please share them below in the comments with other Share Yoga readers.

Read the entire story about Michelle Williams new yoga studio: Michelle Williams Yoga Center to Aid Single Mothers | Gather.

Darla Brown

By Darla Brown

Darla Brown is the founder of Share Yoga and a certified yoga teacher. Darla's love of yoga started over 20 years ago. She has taken teacher training and intensives with master teacher Max Strom as well as Jamie Elmer, Kyra Haglund, Luke Ketterhagen and Nancy Goodstein. Darla's practice focuses on breath and healing.

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  1. Hi Darla

    I have just read the article about Michelle Williams founding the “Yoga for Single Moms” . I too am a single Mom and a Yoga teacher. The article really touched my emotions as I relied on Yoga and mediation to cope with leaving an abusive relationship with 2 small children. I had to flee from a foreign country with the help of friends to Australia (my home, where I am now). I have now re-established myself with my children and have started my own Corporate Yoga Teaching as well as some studio work and know the importance of staying fit, healthy and above all grounded in order to raise my children on my own. It is also important to know that all women from all walks of life from all backgrounds are going through the same stress and demands of being a single parent. I received some lack of understanding and empathy as I came from an expat community, I was educated and had worked as a professional. This did not mean that I didn’t need less support!

    I love the idea of Yoga changing the world, I would love to be involved in your program in Austalia in whatever facet I can.

    Thankyou for your time!


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