Archive: Birth

August 7, 2014

Coming Home to Your Body

I am so excited about the One Day Retreat I’m co-hosting with Nikki Weaver this fall!

Coming home to your body

Nikki and I are both moms. After we had our daughters we were talking about how strange we felt in our bodies – pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, healing, focusing so much attention on a tiny person – they all pulled energy from our bodies and focused it elsewhere. We started talking about tangible things we could do to reconnect to our bodies.

  • Yoga
  • Writing
  • Baths
  • Pleasure
  • Walking
  • Ritual
  • Creating Collages

And then we started talking about the work we do (yoga, therapy, personal-growth) and how many other women may be feeling disconnected from their bodies.

Pregnancy and birth aren’t the only things that shift how we feel in our bodies. There are so many other factors that can cause us to detach, disconnect or feel numb.

This workshop isn’t just for moms. This workshop is for anyone who wants to love her body more.

This retreat is for women who –

want a special space to slow down and connect to their centers

have experienced a change in their bodies – weight change, injury, illness, injury, pregnancy, birth, aging, etc.

want to feel more joy, sensuality or sexual energy

want to love and accept their bodies

spend most of their time in their head and feel disconnected from their bodies

focus most of their attention on other people and are ready for a day that is all about THEM!

This retreat is for women who want to feel more comfortable in and more connected to their bodies.

Read more about the retreat and register HERE.

October 18, 2013

Sacred Birth

sacred birth

What have you birthed (or witness being birthed) into the world?  What have you created?  What do you want to create?  In my work I get to witness amazing things coming forth all the time.  I get to see people dreaming and creating and birthing all the time!  I also get to see people become pregnant and becoming parents.  As a parent myself, it’s a path I treasure.

Almost 6 years ago, I also got to witness one of my dear friends give birth to her son.  This was years before I wanted to be a mother.  This was a couple years before I even started my practice.  And it is an experience I will never forget!  It was an honor to be part of the group of women in the room (with her husband and her mother); supporting, loving and witnessing her.  I will remember the laughter before she started pushing, my friend, Lori, is hilarious!  I will remember us counting (or shouting) to 10 as she breathed and pushed (I don’t think the doctors/nurses loved having so many women in the room, but it was incredible!).  I will remember seeing her son as he entered the world.  I will remember the glances all of us women shared with each other, we knew we were witnessing beauty and magic.  I was forever changed by being invited into that intimate and sacred moment.

A little over a year ago, I experienced my daughter’s birth.  It didn’t go as planned, and it was also perfect and magic and sacred.  She was breech (or lotus as my yoga instructor liked to call it…she said lotus babies like to stay close to their mama’s hearts, I LOVE that!).  I tried everything to get her to turn.  I saw an acupuncturist, a chiropractor and worked with my hypnobirthing teacher.  I tried moxibustion at home, I went to my yoga class and I suspended myself upside down on an ironing board on an angle multiple times a day.  I even went in for an external cephalic version – which left my belly bruised and my baby securely in her lotus position.  In the end I was not able to have the birth I dreamed of and had a cesarean section.  And you know what, it was OK.  It was still special. I still remember the second I heard her cry.  I remember seeing her for the first time.  And I was able to have skin to skin contact right away.  My dear daughter, cuddled up on my chest as they closed my incision and she stopped crying when she heard my voice.  Then they bundled her up like a little burrito and wheeled us back to our room and she started to nurse immediately.

I love hearing women’s birth stories – the ecstasy, the disappointment, the exhaustion, the love.  All of it!  I’m grateful for the birth of babies and the birth of ideas and birth of self-love that I get to witness on a regular basis.

We will be talking about birth (of babies and of self-love and empowered sexuality) in Woman in a River: Transforming Your Sexual MythologyAre you ready to share your stories, hear from other women or do some healing? I hope you will join us.

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