Giveaway: Birth Goddess

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For my friend Allison's blessingway, I found a turquoise birth goddess to add to her birthing necklace. I loved the simplicity and the symbolism of the pendant, so when I purchased Allison's, I also got one for myself and one to share  -- maybe with you, in today's giveaway! I love turquoise for its healing properties, and of course, I'm absolutely smitten with all things birthy and symbolic. The goddess (she's about 1-1/2 inches) could be placed on an altar, worn as a necklace on her own, or placed in a collectibles box. The folks at the Native American Gallery in Athens, Ga., wrapped the … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth

5 Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth

During introductions in the prenatal yoga classes I teach, there’s often a mom-to-be or two who say they’re “thinking about” natural childbirth, or they “might try for a natural birth.” That kind of hedging makes me feel nervous for them. Natural birth isn’t something that most women can just “try.” It’s a powerful, physical experience, and one that calls for physical and emotional, even spiritual, dedication and preparation. Natural birth is possible—and for far more than the 14% of women who experience it, I believe. But you have to get ready for it. Few and far between are the mamas whose … [Read more...]

And the Winner is…

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Congratulations to Lynsee Miller, who won this week's giveaway: the Be Blooma Well Prenatal Yoga DVD. To stay fit during pregnancy and birth, Lynsee says she walks her dog daily, does some yoga at home with a video, and attends prenatal yoga (full disclosure: she comes to my class at Full Bloom Pregnancy & Early Parenting Center :-) ). About practicing prenatal yoga, she says: I notice more strength and confidence in my body and what I am capable of accomplishing with it! The breathing techniques that I have learned have been so helpful in many other aspects of my life as … [Read more...]

Handmade: My Birth Necklace

Mamahhh Birth Necklace

Since writing earlier this week about my friend Allison's blessingway, I've been meaning to share my own birthing necklace. I unearthed it from its precious box a few days ago, for the first time since we moved. That was two-and-a-half years ago, when my youngest was just a few months old. I never intended to set aside my beautiful birthing necklace --my daughter's necklace, really-- for so long. But it's certainly not the first thing that's fallen to the wayside during these early years parenting a 2yo and 4yo. Anywhoo, I noticed that Liv Lane posted her gorgeous birth necklace on her … [Read more...]

Prenatal Yoga DVD Giveaway!

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While pregnant with my two daughters, I attended dozens of prenatal yoga classes with the fabulous Sarah Longacre, yogini-in-chief at Blooma, a prenatal & postnatal yoga studio in Minneapolis. I don't know how many classes it was exactly, but between the two pregnancies, well over 100 for sure. I loved Sarah's classes so much that after my first birth, I helped her birth her own studio. And after the studio opened, she helped me become a prenatal yoga teacher. Then while I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, Sarah decided she'd like to create a prenatal yoga DVD (and you can win a … [Read more...]