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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!

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

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!

Happy Mama, Happy Baby!

As a pre/post-natal yoga teacher I like to stay abreast of natural remedies that can assist women into a peaceful transition into Motherhood. The process of birth can leave women feeling depleted of energy, blood loss, and general post-partum mood fluctuations.

I like Happy Calm Focused nutritional supplements (HCF) because of its carefully chosen combination of Vitamins and nutrients, which actually help “feed” the brain of a sleep-deprived new mama! The B vitamins help the body to convert food into fuel, which is used to produce energy.

During the post-partum period, hormone level fluctuation a new mother can experience hair loss and brittle nails. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly, not to mention mild deficiency of B3 can cause fatigue and depression.

What makes HCF unique is that it does NOT contain added niacin! I couldn’t believe that I noticed niacin added into my other supplements, which already contain vitamin B complexes. High doses of niacin can be toxic because B3 already is a nicotinic acid so adding niacin can a bit overdose unless your medical practioner has recommended such a practice.

I am a mother myself with a very busy work and family schedule. HCF works for me and I recommend it to my yoga students, family, and friends.

http://happycalmfocused.com

By |April 9th, 2015|General Topics, Yoga|Comments Off on Happy Mama, Happy Baby!

Dance to Progress Labor! Posh Push Book on Amazon Kindle!

Posh Push book is available now on Amazon e-Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LQS32G

Enjoy this inspiring video of a mama featured in the book Posh Push dancing in labor! I love how the nurse at UCLA hospital was totally calm and allowed Liz to do her thing!

By |October 10th, 2012|Labor Tools, Yoga|Comments Off on Dance to Progress Labor! Posh Push Book on Amazon Kindle!

Posh Push: Modern Girls Reveal Secrets for a More Natural Birth

NEW BOOK – POSH PUSH: MODERN GIRLS REVEAL SECRETS
FOR A MORE NATURAL BIRTH – NOW AVAILABLE
Must-read Guide That Reveals How Labor Can Be Faster, Easier and Even Luxurious
LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 05, 2012 – Women everywhere have questions about childbirth.  “Am I prepared to have an enjoyable, comfortable childbirth?   Could I have a natural birth experience without drugs?” Now these women can find all the answers, secrets and more in the new book, Posh Push: Modern Women Reveal Secrets for a More Natural Birth, now available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LQS32G.

This fabulous new book offers support and helps build confidence in modern women who strive to have a more natural childbirth. The book is packed full of insider tips, gems of wisdom, and stories from modern mothers and birth experts to help women achieve a more natural labor, with ease and comfort.  Posh Push celebrates a more natural childbirth as beautiful, attainable and for every woman that wants it.  This essential guide will prepare women in mind and body to optimize their pregnancy and birth environment.

Natural childbirth is an increasingly popular trend.  We see many celebrities choosing to have natural childbirths and sharing their stories in the media.  Now, chic, modern moms everywhere like Alison, Johanna and Tiffany, featured in Posh Push, are sharing their revealing birth stories in rich detail and answering “Why would anyone want a natural childbirth?”

Written in a fun, informative format, the authors ask, “Where are all the worldly stiletto wearing women who want to birth their babies naturally?” Co-authors, Patricia Grube and Sara Smildzins found them and the stories these women share exclusively in Posh Push will have pregnant women everywhere saying, “I want that too!”  For women that are […]

By |October 7th, 2012|Birth Rights, Doulas, General Topics, Homebirth/Midwives, Labor Tools, Yoga|Comments Off on Posh Push: Modern Girls Reveal Secrets for a More Natural Birth

Can Dancing in Labor Help you Deliver Faster?

Can dancing in labor help you deliver faster? It is a great question!

I was inspired to write this topic because last month I had the honor and pleasure of supporting 5 births where each and every mother danced and moved in Active Labor.  Every birth was a Natural Birth.  It confirmed to me that dancing in labor is one of the best kept secrets!

The use of movement and dance has been used for Ages and by many cultures to help relieve pain in labor and progress labor and delivery. From my experience as a doula I have noticed that the mamas who move and shake their hips in Active Labor do dilate quicker and say they experienced less pain.  This does not mean to start dancing with your first contraction.  Mamas spend early labor sleeping and resting to conserve the energy needed for the time when Active Labor is established, thereby making every contraction count and be more efficient.

The other thing I noticed is that, contrary from popular belief; “bigger babies” are able to be delivered vaginally!  When a woman is upright she is using gravity to move the baby down and when she moves her hips and dances her pelvis is open and loose.  In this video a mother danced throughout late labor then pushed an over 10 pound baby! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYtRmaABHUk

Here is another one of my clients who recently delivered her over a 9 lbd baby.  Her video is so inspiring that it makes me want to get up and dance!  So load up your iPod with your favorite jams
and get up and shake that thang!

By |June 8th, 2011|Doulas, General Topics, Yoga|Comments Off on Can Dancing in Labor Help you Deliver Faster?

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at Golden Bridge 2011!

I am excited to announce that the 2011 prenatal yoga teacher training is currently being held from January 29, 2011 through February 5, 20011, at Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles. http://www.goldenbridgeyoga.com/uploads/TT/PTT_2008.html

If you are interesting in teaching pregnancy yoga this is a training not to be missed!  Gurmukh runs the training just once per year in the Los Angeles studio and then again in New York so mark your calendars to sign up for 2012.  Even if you are already certified to teach pregnancy yoga, I guarantee you that what you learn from The Khalsa Way teacher training will be unique, filled with spirit and enlightenment, and it will change the way you teach pregnant women.

I took this training in 2005.  At that time Gurmukh still taught part of the sessions in her home.  I think we were the last graduating class who will have that same privilege.  Imagine, a group of at least 50 students cooking in Gurmukh’s kitchen, sitting on big pillows eating on the floor, and doing meditations in the gardens.  I can still remember the “Maa” meditation we did in her living room.  We cupped one hand partially over one hear whilst chanting the mantra “Maa…Maa…Maa.”  I tell you, the vibration of our voices was so strong that the wind chimes outside her window were clinking!  It brought me to tears.

Today I combine what I have learned through my years of Hatha yoga along with the Kundalini yoga lineage of teaching pregnancy yoga.  And I have to say that it is in those Kundalini yoga sessions where I leave my classes so high on Spirit and my heart expanded three-fold.  The students also experience an “awakening” and it is not uncommon […]

By |January 29th, 2011|Birth Rights, General Topics, Yoga|Comments Off on Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at Golden Bridge 2011!