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By |February 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Private Yoga: Conception & Fertility

Mindful Pregnancy – Meditation for a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth

We’ve all heard the latest in meditation trends – meditate for 15 minutes in the morning before you start your day. As a yoga teacher, I definitely concur with that philosophy. When I stay consistent with my meditation practice my day flows better, the things that can trigger me and agitate me seem to just roll off my back like Teflon. My favorite thing to listen to as I begin my day is Ester Hicks rampage of positive momentum. I also love listening to Mantras and Gregorian Chants. One can listen to ocean and nature sounds; the Hypnobirthing Affirmations; and simply be in silence. And whatever your flavor is, there’s no question about it: Meditating every day does wonders for the mind, body, and spirit.

And it usually isn’t for lack of time when I miss my morning meditation. I manage an old neck and back injury (L4, L5/S1), with a slight Scoliosis to boot, so for me it’s more a matter of having access to a comfortable cushion. It’s what partially motivated me to become a Yoga teacher. Crazy, I know, but that’s for another blog.

Proper sitting posture in pregnancy is so important for the preparation for birth. I listened to Pregnancy Chiropractor, Dr. Jeanne Ohm, has said that when a “sacrum is displaced by sitting, accidents, and major trauma to the spine, it can cause more difficult births and slower labors.”

There are so many benefits of meditating during pregnancy and childbirth. Here is a great article to help convince you of the benefits of quieting your mind and going Zen: https://www.doyouyoga.com/10-ways-meditation-helps-your-unborn-child/

I recently discovered the You Matr cushion, made by Lauren Stephanoff, a California-based yoga mama-preneur! These cushions are ergonomically-sound so […]

By |November 22nd, 2017|General Topics, Kids Yoga, Mommy, Yoga|Comments Off on Mindful Pregnancy – Meditation for a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth

Fenugreek Bars – Lactation Treats for Nursing Moms

 I am so excited to share Mrs. Patel’s Lactation Tea and Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate bars! That’s right, CHOCOLATE!
Mrs. Patel so kindly sent me a box of these treats and lactation tea so that I could share in my Mommy & Baby Yoga classes at YogaWorks Playa Vista.
I was curious about the taste so I tried the bar myself and whoah, it tasted so good! Mrs. Patel’s treats are gluten-free and may contain almonds. They keep well in the fridge for 1 1/2 months and in the freezer for 3 months. Mrs. Patel’s lactation treats do not contain preservatives. The treats also come in other flavors such as Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel White, and Vegan Original.
Try Mrs. Patel’s Lactation tea of fresh leaves and herbs. Steep the fresh tea blend for 5-7 minutes and drink straight or with coconut milk and honey.

 

Mrs. Patel’s treats and teas are handcrafted artisanal lactation products based on the tenets of Ayurveda.
A box of these treats would be a welcoming gift for a new mama! Get this delicious, powerful product now and get 20% off with coupon code: FIRSTORDER. For more information visit website mrsmilk.com.
Happy milking, Mamas! 

By |November 15th, 2017|General Topics, Mommy, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fenugreek Bars – Lactation Treats for Nursing Moms

Women Come Together for Peace – OM SHANTI Event

OM SHANTI – Sister Circle of PEACE
When: Sunday, October 22nd, 2-3:30 pm
Where: YogaWorks Playa Vista

We as women come together for peace. We must! We are daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmother, friends – the protectors of Mother Earth.
Please Join Our Community Event at YogaWorks Playa Vista, sponsored by Spirited Woman. This is a special yoga event of peace, wrapped in your OM SHANTI Spirited Woman Prayer Scarf – a symbol of spirit, empowerment, and peace for women worldwide.
I will be leading the group in a Gentle Yoga, Meditation, and Chanting.
Your EVENT TICKET: The OM SHANTI Spirited Woman Prayer Scarf!
Please order your scarf in advance of the event – limited number available at-the-door. Cost: $48.
To sign-up/purchase scarf please call Nancy Mills, Spirited Woman: (805) 698-3555.
A portion of all OM SHANTI scarf sales will be donated to AWBW – so if you can’t make the event you can still buy the scarf!
Your ticket is the OM SHANTI prayer scarf. If you already have OM SHANTI the event is free or buy yours here. We expect this event to sell-out!
http://www.thespiritedwoman.com/prayer_scarf/
A portion of all OM SHANTI scarves will be donated to the fantastic non-profit A Window Between Worlds – so if you can’t make the event you can still buy the scarf!

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Join us as we come together to elevate the intention of love and peace in our Community.
~Om Shanti
 

By |October 4th, 2017|Birth Rights, General Topics, Uncategorized, Yoga|Comments Off on Women Come Together for Peace – OM SHANTI Event

Natural VBAC Birth Story!

I am so pleased to share this VBAC birth story of my yoga mama, Krystal! We post this as an inspiration for women considering the option for a Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) rather than a repeat surgical birth.
Krystal asked my advice for how she can prepare differently for the second birth. She’s been my yoga student since her first pregnancy. As you read Krystal’s story let me point out some very critical choices she made that contributed to the success of a vaginal birth.

First, she ‘broke-up’ with her first doctor and hired one of my favorite OB/GYN doctor in the South Bay Beach Cities.

Krystal faithfully attended my pregnancy yoga classes at YogaWorks in order to get her mind, body, and spirit ready and prepared for a VBAC.

She was not induced and was allowed to start labor when her body and baby were ready.

Pushing Phase – Krystal pushed her baby out in the all-fours position which allowed her hips to be open and wide.

Krystal labored at home and arrived at the hospital at 7 cm! No Epidural to slow down labor. The baby was born less than 3 hours after hospital admission.

Here is Krystal’s Story, posted with permission.
On Saturday night, September 9th, I started having pretty strong contractions around 6:00 p.m. that were 3 minutes apart but by 11:00 p.m. they moved to 4 minutes apart and felt less intense so I decided to get some rest and went to bed.
At midnight I woke up and the contractions were stronger than ever and about 2-3 minutes apart. I paced around a bit and then decided I needed to get into the shower. I think the warmth of the shower helped a […]

By |September 16th, 2017|Birth Rights, Uncategorized, VBAC, Yoga|Comments Off on Natural VBAC Birth Story!

Celebrating Labor Day & Mothers to Be! FREE Book Promo!

Celebrating Labor Day!! In honor of the many mamas to be, get #Birthfit! Download Your FREE Copy and Share BEFORE it Goes Back to $12.99 (e-Book) or $22.99 (Paperback)!
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Thank you for your continued support!

Love,
Patricia

By |August 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Celebrating Labor Day & Mothers to Be! FREE Book Promo!

Call the South Bay Doula: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

… mostly, birth and joy! After a few years on sabbatical from doula-ing, I am proud to announce “I’M BACK!” I needed the time away as I reorganized and settled myself through a personal and painful transformation of my own. Believe me, it pained me each and every time I turned away a mama who asked me to join her and her hubby through their journey for labor and delivery.

Now, I am back and fully present and ready to Sherpa expecting couples through the birth process again. I think, like most Birth Workers, the images and memories of the births we attend are so clear and forever stamped in our minds and hearts. I can walk into my local café in Hermosa Beach and likely bump into one of my many Yoga Mamas and/or birth clients! The shriek of excitement never fails. Then the second burst of “Omigod!” when I see their babies now running in soccer jerseys and pony-tails. I say, “she’s in 3rd grade, already? Really?!” And I have no doubt their mamas remember me as much as I remember them.

Here are some of my vivid memories that still inspire me today and reignite my philosophy and passion to TRUST BIRTH:

The mama who said to me when she hired me, “Just so you know, I AM getting an epidural!” During her first birth, she spent most of the time dancing in labor! I was her doula again, as she birthed her second baby, also naturally.

Supporting a mama after nearly 3 days of prodromal labor followed by induction…then when she was finally 10 cm dilated and the urge to push temporarily absent, I encouraged her to just sing in between contractions. […]

By |June 30th, 2017|Birth Rights, Doulas, Homebirth/Midwives, Labor Tools, VBAC, Yoga|Comments Off on Call the South Bay Doula: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

New Book! – BUMPS IN MOTION: PREGNANCY YOGA SEQUENCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

PRESS RELEASE
A unique and innovative step-by-step guide for pregnancy yoga sequences from leading Yoga Gurus from Around the World!
LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 10, 2017 –
Bumps in Motion offers a detailed, beautifully illustrated, precise instruction of numerous yoga poses to support you during pregnancy and labor. Accompanying sequences focus on a range of applications, from quick daily practices to poses for common pregnancy ailments. Woven throughout the book, you’ll find resources to help prepare you for an empowered birth. Filled with modifications, and tips, this is an indispensable text for both beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
Bumps in Motion is a unique collaboration from expert Yoga Instructors from across the Globe. This book is the perfect companion for the experienced yoga practitioner, ideal for Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training. This book is the yoga practitioner’s companion (manual/ handbook), offering practical advice, step-by-step asana sequences, pranayama practices, and meditation techniques, all of which are designed to help new mothers connect more deeply to their experience and prepare for their journey—physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Going beyond physical posture practice, Bumps in Motion also includes guidance on meditation, visualization, use of gemstones, devotional chanting, mantras, mudras, and other tools to inspire and nourish you and your baby. Offering pregnant women and yoga teachers with creative sequences available now on Amazon: Bumps-Motion-Pregnancy-Sequences-Around-ebook/dp/B06Y2DP5YP

This book includes:

Mini sequences for specific trimester challenges: morning sickness, fatigue, anxiety, low-back issues, etc.

Specialty Yoga Sequences using Birth Ball, Chair, Ballet Barre’, and Clubbell!

Modifications that accommodate a pregnant woman’s growing bump

A dedicated section on the pelvic floor

Special breathing techniques for labor that encourage natural childbirth

Suggested Music Playlists are included for each Sequence

With special contributions from:
Foreword by Dr. Elliot Berlin of Berlin Wellness Group (www.doctorberlin.com)
Tara Lee […]

By |May 2nd, 2017|General Topics, Labor Tools, Yoga|Comments Off on New Book! – BUMPS IN MOTION: PREGNANCY YOGA SEQUENCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Movement in Labor Helps Natural Birth

What do these pictures have in common? They are using movement to help progress labor and relieve pain and discomfort in labor. It really works! Here are some inspiring images and video to inspire you to get up and move those hips!

Couples striving for a natural birth are utilizing natural pain coping techniques such as the ones learned in the Couple’s Pregnancy Yoga workshop coming up YogaWorks South Bay El Segundo on February 18t, 2017. To attend this valuable class sign-up:
http://www.yogaworks.com/…/couples-pregnancy-yoga-for-birth/

By |February 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Movement in Labor Helps Natural Birth

A Yoga Mother’s Blessing Way!

Recently, I had the honor and joy of attending my fellow Yoga Works Instructor and friend’s Baby Shower. I have known Aimée for many years now. We have taught yoga workshops together; shared tea as we talked about love, life, and, well,…MEN. So when Aimée stopped me after my prenatal yoga class last Friday and asked if I could lead an “impromptu” Mother’s Blessingway Ceremony at her baby shower, I didn’t hesitate to respond, “Of course!”

I firmly believe every pregnant mama and baby should be celebrated. In old Navajo tradition, several ceremonial practices are performed in which a woman’s rite of passage into motherhood is honored. A westernized version of this is called a ‘Mother’s Blessingway.’

A Mother Blessing is a beautiful and unique way to honor a mother-to-be. It helps a mama feel empowered emotionally, spiritually and mentally, for the all-important role of becoming a new mother. She feels ‘held’ and supported by those she loves and respects. Blessingways help instill confidence and strength as she awaits the impending birth of her baby. And there is nothing like a circle of loving women to get that delicious hormone, oxytocin, (the hormone of love and bonding) flowing!

Aimée’s shower was hosted by her very talented friend, Lisa Vitta, who by the way is a yogi and luxury interior designer. Omigod. Lisa’s house was a Pinterest Lalapalooza! Honestly, I am inspired to start a ‘Baby Shower Board’ just so I can pin the heck out of it with the photos from this party.

Decorations aside, we spent the first half of the shower oo’ing and aw’ing over Aimée’s glorious bump and gliding between conversations with each other. Lisa had a generous spread of delicious vegetarian food (also Pin-worthy) from egg […]

By |January 20th, 2016|blessingway, Doulas, Labor Tools, Yoga|Comments Off on A Yoga Mother’s Blessing Way!