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Perfect Moment Monday: Love and warriors

As I opened my hips, I watched the woman next to me do so as well.

We both settled into our Warrior IIs. At the instructor’s urging, we moved our front knees toward our pinkie toes, stretched our arms from fingertip to fingertip and sank even further into our front legs. We aimed to square our hips to the side wall. We held the pose until our quads burned.

I admired the woman on the mat next to me. She was a generation ahead of me, in her 70s. She looked limber but relatively new to yoga. Still, she was focused on getting to her edge in the pose. She was breathing deeply and deliberately, like you’re supposed to do. She was fully present on her mat.

Just as she’s been present for me my whole life. She’s my mom. She’s doing yoga with me these days.

In that moment, I realized how lucky I am to have my mom, this amazing woman, in my life every day. My heart swelled in my Warrior II as I love and gratitude for being blessed with My Mom washed over me.

It nearly became one of those upwelling moments but I swallowed it down just as the instructor took us back to runner’s lunge. Crisis averted.


Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between.

Once a week we engage in mindfulness about something that is right with our world. Everyone is welcome to join.

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Lori Holden, mom of a young adult daughter and a young adult son, writes from Denver. She was honored as an Angel in Adoption® by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

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16 Responses

  1. What a beautiful note to your mom. You are both so lucky. … to have each other and to live so close that you are able to see each other as you go about your week.

  2. What an amazing moment and to have your mom so close and doing yoga together! You are blessed indeed and you reminded me to call mine today as well! Moms are the best!

  3. I love, admire and am grateful for that beautiful, limber, 70-year old Warrior myself.

    I feel lucky as well to have this amazing woman in my life.

    What a beautiful post!

  4. wow, I have been planning to do a PMM about my mom too…this one took my breath away. What a lucky girl you are to have an amazing woman like your mom and how lucky she is to have born & Raised a daughter who is equally phenomenal.


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