Woman Who Posts Breastfeeding Yoga Pictures Online Divides Opinion
A spiritual yoga mum has caused waves on Instagram through her incorporation of breastfeeding and menstrual bleeding with yoga.
30-year-old Carlee Benear took up yoga after the birth of her second child as a way to combat postpartum depression.
Carlee caused controversy on Instagram after a photo of her free-bleeding whilst doing yoga around her children was removed.
Here’s the photo which thrust her into the limelight:
Speaking to UNILAD, Carlee said:
Having a healthy monthly cycle is a blessing not all women have. Celebrating life includes the moon cycle!
Getting time to practice alone is hard to come by with three kids in the house who all have a yoga journey of their own and I love including them because yoga teaches the best lessons of life.
This is the blood they came from and after birthing them into my husband’s hands, we all have a great appreciation for it.
Having my son come find me first thing in the morning to give me a loving embrace as he missed me while he slept is never going to be shunned in my house.
Having his sister learn from this love and mimic it is priceless. I take time each cycle to be grateful that I can bleed and I incorporate it into my yoga practice to honour all of the women who have it and those that can not.
I wish more women could find love for this monthly cycle of life too. I share these precious moments of raw motherhood because other mother can relate.
Whether it be never using the restroom alone, or not taking time to get dressed because we dedicate our all to our kids, we need to empower each other daily.
Carlee reiterated how it’s ‘easy to forget how fortunate we are when the stresses of life come up and we need to remind ourselves this is how life is, beautiful and full in every moment’.
Many of the people who reported the photo commented how they thought it was ‘unhygienic’ and ‘self-important’, though some people praised her for de-stigmatising periods.
No, my children were not bled on, they simply took a second to give me a hug.
There were many women who were empowered by this reminding and many more who found me through the hate.
Though the picture was removed, its lesson still rings loudly and many women have changed their views on this and sat to ask themselves why, if it bothered them, did it make them recoil.
It’s time we start digging deeper as to why things bother us, is it our own views or are we thinking only with our split second society based brain?
Using her love of psychology, Carlee explained how the people criticising her online were ‘releasing temporary stress’ and think ‘a screen makes them invisible and their words acceptable’.
Carlee’s videos of her breastfeeding whilst doing yoga have also attracted a lot of attention, with people wondering why she paired the two activities together.
As opposed to making a statement about breastfeeding, Carlee said her breastfeeding yoga is more about putting time towards something natural and necessary while giving herself some self-love and me-time in the process.
She explained how yoga has helped her connect to her children:
Yoga has helped me dive into motherhood and become the mother I always dreamed of, it gave my children the mother they need.
One who is loving , supportive and can react with patience – and in turn they’re being brought up in a home they can feel accepted and learn to accept others.
No one should be ashamed of feeding their children or teaching their children however they feel called to.
Society has taught us to just hand over our children and let the world sculpt them, we are losing our connections in families by this view and missing out on many opportunities to not only teach our own kids , but learn from them.
Carlee encourages others to do whatever makes people happy and to refrain from judgement because ‘acceptance is what makes this human experience so beautiful’.
Each to their own!