When I got pregnant in 2006, I thought I was well-prepared prepared to be a mom. Wow was I surprised. Not only had I sacrificed my social life and career and even yoga practice to be home with my little one, I had lost my sense of myself as someone who could complete a task.
I was exhausted and depleted and having trouble losing the extra weight, and the hardest part: I didn’t have time to do yoga.
The long, focused practices I had come to love were no longer accessible. But I didn’t think it was fair that just because I was a mom, I had to give up yoga.
So I honed the yoga I’d be taught down to its essential practices and principles, so I – and other moms – could get the breathing, meditation, alignment and strengthening during naps, while baby is playing – even while we’re holding baby. I shifted the practices so they were more focused on core strengthening, helping us find our new identity, and grounding us in an evolutionary spiritual philosophy.
I started guiding other prenatal teachers through The Yoga of Pregnancy and Yoga of Moms teacher training weekends starting in 2004, and eventually combined them into one.
MAyurveda: Living Ayurveda for Mamas
As for life off the mat – I wanted to be healthier, but I didn’t want to live in the kitchen. I began studying Ayurveda again when my daughter was one (the 5,000 year old wellness system that was traditionally part of yoga), and found myself able to provide healthy food, good self-care and energizing daily rhythms for me and my family.
I organized what I experienced into essential basic healthy lifestyle routines for women (Dina Charya,or “Anchor Practices”) – that even the busiest of us can all fit in to our day to give us more energy, help us sleep better, and allow us to find our ideal weight. I put them all together in six ebooks and phone calls for the online training, MAyurveda: Living Ayurveda for Mama.
I’ve been teaching MAyurveda since 2012, and each time I understand welness and vitality and healing on a deeper level.