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Olivia Hsu On Mindful Parenting
Ashtanga Yoga teacher and professional rock climber Olivia Hsu talks motherhood and why she finds her yoga practice more liberating since having her son.
Amanda Tust

Having a kid was never a major goal...

in my life. It wasn’t a huge want or desire, so to end up becoming a mom has been a real gift and a really surreal and cool experience. It’s been the ultimate practice on so many levels. It puts everything into perspective and demands a new level of presence. I used to think about being present in a more fleeting way. I’d focus on something for a set amount of time, and then it’d be done or I wouldn’t think about it. But for the first four weeks after my son, Walker was born, I literally carried him 12 hours a day. It was all-consuming. When you’re getting up at 3 a.m. to feed your child, that’s a whole different level of being in the moment with another person.

I used to have this idea that things needed to be a certain way...

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