Nurture Yourself with A Yoga Nap

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Napping has never come easily to me, even when I was just. so. tired. during the early months of being a new mama. Finally, in my 7th year of parenting, I’ve gotten the hang of napping—or at least a version of it. Yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep, blends elements of napping and meditation in one short session. That’s why it’s one of my go-to personal practices for taking care of my heart and my spirit.Yoga nidra guides you through a passive whole-body relaxation, from your toe tips to the top of your head. Ideally, you do this practice in comfortable clothes on a yoga mat. I tend to rest … [Read more...]

New in Nashville! Saturday Prenatal Yoga

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Have you been scrambling to fit your prenatal yoga class into the week? Weekday morning class times just don't work for you? Now you and your beautiful baby belly can enjoy prenatal yoga on Saturday mornings! Join us at 9am on Saturday mornings at the McCabe Park Community Center in Sylvan Park, Nashville, TN. The weekly class is one hour and is drop-in -- no need to sign up in advance. You will want to bring your own “extras” (pillows, blankets, blocks if you want them) but the price is a total bargain at $3 a class! What an awesome way to start the weekend! For moms-to-be who already … [Read more...]

For Heaven’s Sake, Try Some Yoga!

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Katie from TLCatholic shares her totally grounded, insightful, and witty experience --and ultimately acceptance-- of yoga as a practice for feeling better in her body and bringing ease into her life. She's so easy to read! And she makes a great point about yoga's helpfulness during the postpartum phase of mothering. Enjoy! -- "Bring your hands to heart's center.  Focus on your breath.  Allow your movement to flow from your breath..." Sitting in a classroom of Butler Hospital (for those of you who are not from Rhode Island, that's the mental hospital, or as my politically correct husband … [Read more...]

Little Pickle Press: Mindful Storytime at Nashville’s Parnassus

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Nashville's Parnassus Books hosts kids storytime every weekend, and we're particularly excited about this weekend's line-up! Mom, author, and publisher Rana DiOrio shares her approach to talking with little kids about big topics like mindfulness, environmental stewardship, global connection, and personal safety. Rana—chief executive pickle of Little Pickle Press—is a reformed lawyer and investment banker, an active private equity investor and entrepreneur supporter, a self-described lifelong learner, and a mom of three little pickles. Rana founded her children's publishing company in 2009 … [Read more...]

Sacred and Sweet: Mama Baby Yoga {part 2 of 2}

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Yesterday, we talked with mother-of-twins Jess Helle-Morrissey about her experience taking her infant boys to a mama-baby yoga class, called BYOB Bring Your Own Baby, at Blooma in Minneapolis. She shared about the connection to other moms, the thrill of seeing the boys’ weekly development, and getting to know her new-again postpartum body. Today, she’s back to talk about the surprisingly deep esoteric aspects of mama-baby yoga. Jess is a long-time yoga practitioner and a psychotherapist, and in the past year, she’s added doula, yoga teacher, and childbirth educator to that list. “I've been … [Read more...]