“Sometimes we regret an outburst when our kids simply do not listen until we raise our voices to glass shattering decibels.”

As mom’s, when we’re angry, our actions aren’t always ideal. Sometimes we regret an outburst when our kids simply do not listen until we raise our voices to glass shattering decibels. This is the unfortunate result when we’re not keeping ourselves balanced and emotionally clear. We have all had those days when we are just at our wit’s end. We get snappy, we get teary and sometimes we shout. These feelings are inevitable to some degree, but how we deal with them is up to us. It is essential that we take time to recalibrate our own emotional well-being.

I teach Kundalini yoga to women and children. One of my all- time favorite exercises is called “Fists of Anger” and it is exactly what it sounds like. It is a three minute exercise where you place your thumbs inside your fists and move them rapidly one at a time. Now sweep the fist one at a time over the top of the head with a powerful exhale so that you are sweeping over the opposite ear. The trick is to get angry while you do it! Exhale all the pent up frustration as you move your arms powerfully. If you really commit to it, I promise you will tire yourself out enough that you may not even remember what you were mad about to begin with. This is an incredibly useful tool to teach kids as a constructive way to give a voice to their angry feelings. My happiest success story was of a mom from school who told me that her son’s anger problems and hitting outbursts had become a thing of the past because he had been going into his room and giving himself his own yoga time outs to do” Fists of Anger”. He was so happy with how good he felt that he taught it to the rest of the family too!

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