In today’s show, we have the honor of speaking with Hala Khouri, a yoga instructor and somatic psychologist living in L.A., about healing trauma through movement, learning to step back and allow your children to forge their own path, and staying centered and connected in your parenting journey.

Hala has two boys, ages 6 and 9, co-founded a nonprofit organization called Off the Mat Into the World that aims to bridge yoga, activism and social justice, and still makes time to sip her coffee each day. She is genuine, relatable and provides wonderful insight into parenting in the phase she describes as a “constant state of humiliation and inspiration.”

Hala reminds us that so much of our parenting is about staying out of the way of our children’s growth and that it’s a practice in doing our best in each moment.

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You can learn more about Hala and her retreats and workshops here.

Hala will be in Kansas City in September 2017 to offer an Off the Mat, Into the World workshop with co-founders Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling. The workshop is a 5 day intensive entitled “Yoga Purpose and Action” where you will explore what the world is calling on you to do and discover your purpose within a justice framework. Visit HERE to learn more and to register.

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Hala Khouri quotes from the show:

“It’s been an interesting journey to try to step back and do more under parenting so they (my children) can experience their own resilience and not lean on me all the time.”

“What I’m trying to let go of for myself is me needing to know how much they need me or love me or that I’m a good mom. They can’t meet that need for me…they just need to live their lives and I need to trust that I’m a good parent and a good person and not need that validation from them.”

“I feel like so much of the disconnect that we experience in our lives is about being disconnected from our own bodies, from our sensations, from our breath. To me that’s really one of the most powerful forms of healing is moving our bodies and being in relationship to our bodies.”

“When we’re told we shouldn’t do it (something creative), it can stay with us for so long and then we shut that part of ourselves down.”

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Books Mentioned in this Episode:

Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman

The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel

Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers by Lucy Jo Palladino


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