The Dharma of Being A Daddy

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday. I’m currently in Los Angeles leading module 4 of my 300 hour teacher training so I am home with my family, but I’ve been on the road a lot lately. Sometimes I am lucky enough to travel with my kids, Madeline and Oliver, and sometimes I go for days or even weeks at a time without seeing them when I’m teaching abroad. Being away from the non-stop adventure of being a householder yogi and 24/7 parent always gives some opportunity to pause and reflect on the dharma of being a yoga dad.

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My daughter, Madeline, graduated from Pre-K/TK this week! I’m a Proud Papa!

Dharma is the endeavor to understand the principles that guide my life: the deep underlying structures that support me, and the foundations that underlie the choices I make. Nothing has taken me to the core of my being like being a dad. Striving to be a “Dharma Dad” is the endeavor to uphold my commitments and my most important job; to be a husband and a father. I endeavor to pass this on and to do everything I can to make a positive contribution to this world.  To be a Dharma Dad is to invest in the future by how and what I am doing now. People sometimes ask how my identity as a yogi influences my parenting. I grew up doing yoga with my parents. I remember meditating with them when I was a child. Having an inner life has always been part of my life, and that is what I teach to my students, and what I hope to teach and nurture in my children. I am an educator, a truth seeker, a critical thinker and a facilitator by disposition and by vocation. Parenting is like an advanced vinyasa practice: you are always in a pose, it never stops — try and keep up!

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Three generations of Mazés

I can also safely say that becoming (and being) a father has transformed me more than all the years of yoga and meditation practice I have done. In a practical sense, I have less time now for formal yoga practice than I used to. That has made it necessary for me to be much more focused and efficient when I do actually get time to be on the mat. And it has helped me expand my definition of “practice” to something that I do ALL THE TIME! Yoga has prepared me to be a father. Now the dharma being of being a daddy makes up the lion’s share of my practice. I will spend this Father’s Day teaching a yoga teacher training here in LA. Ideally, I would spend it camping with the kids. Last year we “camped out” on the putting green at the Brentwood Country Club with my father-in-law with a bunch of other dads and families. That was fun, but not really what I would call camping. Next year maybe we’ll get into the mountains and have some real adventure.  In the meanwhile, we will play every day, have constant adventures at home and I will endeavor to treasure every moment of the process, cause they are growing up all too fast.


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Father’s Day is THIS SUNDAY, and I’m calling on all yoga dads to BECOME #DharmaDads! Starting Father’s Day (this Sunday, June 15th), Jason Crandell , Dice Iida-Klein and I challenge YOU to do more yoga with your kids! Join us on Instagram for the #DharmaDads 7-day challenge. Follow @noahmaze, @jason_crandell & @bryceyoga for daily inspiration, and post your photos using the hashtag #DharmaDads to join in the fun. Invite your friends to participate as well — let’s get as many dads doing yoga with their kids as possible!   New to Instagram? Check out Gordon Ogden’s recent guest blog for some helpful tips and tricks!

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