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Pain Specialist & Yoga Instructor Ginny Hamilton now watches from inside as her fourth grader gets on the bus. Perhaps she shares a comforting hug with her son’s special stuffie, reminiscing about his early years. Pigs, time, and things that fly, in this month’s Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting.

How Things Work

What makes the car stop? How are car brakes different from bicycle brakes? Train brakes? Roller coasters? How do hydraulics work?

These questions pepper my days these days. Raised for sugar, spice, and everything nice, my mechanical engineering knowledge is woefully inadequate. Thankfully, in his updated masterpiece on machines, The Way Things Work Now, author David Macaulay and his illustrated mastodons describe the inner workings of the toilet tank, stapler, and radio, along with Wifi and RAM. And hydraulics.

I’ve been reading about the power of pressure. When a fluid is compressed, it exerts pressure in all directions.  A container not strong enough to withstand the pressure will leak or otherwise be damaged. Properly contained, the fluid will transfer the force of its power into the world around it.

For decades, Yoga Instructor Ginny Hamilton has taught people information about the external structures in which they work – navigating the subsidized housing system or the legislative process. Now she teaches tools for pain relief, what to stretch, and what to strengthen to bring their bodies into balance, so they can do their work – in their jobs and in the world. Explore the body of work and the work of the body in this month’s “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting.”

Ladies and gentlemen, take a journey through the eyes of Pigget- a young boy’s durable friend. Once sharing “top billing” with Mama and Poppa, Pigget feels a shifting in the world order. Unconditional love and loyalty endures in a touching piece from Hilltown Families contributing writer, Ginny Hamilton. Read on. Enter the world of Pigget.

Hilltown Families Contributing Writer (and yoga instructor) Ginny Hamilton does some of her best thinking in the shower. This month, she examines her knee-jerk reactions in hopes of teaching her son, and herself, how to choose a different response.

From our new writer comes a touching story of true freedom of expression, and having that conversation of “freedom” with your child. Why should children fall into lines marked by social barriers? Read on in “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting” about Ginny’s experiences with her child- with Green River Festival as a backdrop!

A brand new monthly column, “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” with our newest contributing writer, Ginny Hamilton, debuts today! Ginny is a yoga instructor who explores how yoga’s physical and mindfulness exercises help her parent and how parenting shapes her yoga practice. Welcome Ginny!

This month Ginny asks the question “where did it all go?” The predictability of her schedule pre-motherhood has been all shook up. All shook up by parenting! It’s a tremendous challenge but one she is not afraid to face and find solutions to! Join her in her journey through parenthood, applying yoga practice in a new way!

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