As a prenatal yoga teacher, I love a birth story that includes a little yoga! So I adored getting this note last spring from mama Ellen, who filled me in on the birth of her beautiful daughter Safia Rose…
Safia was born April 2 at 1:48 p.m. She was 7 pounds 8 ounces and 19-1/2 inches long.
I was in labor for 15 hours and yoga really got me through!
Especially the Sat Nam mantra – which got me through the hardest parts and helped push the baby out!
The Sat Nam mantra we often used in class was inspired by the lovely Prenatal Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for Mothers to Be DVD by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa of Golden Bridge Yoga. While doing standing, flowing squats, mamas match their inhale to the rising and reaching up, and move with their exhale down toward the ground. Inhale up Sat, Exhale down Nam.
Sat Nam … I am truth. In the presence of truth, there is no need for fear. In the absence of fear, there is more space for love. A heart full of love, a room full of love, a family of love, a community filled with love—that makes for a beautiful place to welcome a baby into the world.
Welcome, sweet Safia. I know you’ve been here awhile now. We’re all so thankful for the love you brought with you!