Stand in Your Power
Women’s bodies, minds and hearts change tremendously during pregnancy and birth. The process can be both daunting and empowering. Sometimes it causes both conflicting emotions and physical discomfort. But we are constantly distracted from caring for ourselves and focusing on these changes (Facebook, work, baby showers, the Kardashians :). In addition, there is so much advice pouring in from parents, friends and perfect strangers.
How do we focus and stay present? How do we know which advice to take? How do we choose the right path for our families and ourselves? How can we move easily and smoothly through this journey?
Yoga has taught me how to trust and connect with my body, mind and spirit. It has empowered me to center myself in my own truth and listen carefully to my own intuition. Yoga has allowed me to stretch and strengthen my body. It has helped me stay focused, accept things I can’t change, and deal with the often times overwhelming process of mothering. It has been an important part of my parenting journey to practice self-care and get myself to yoga class. Otherwise, I am just not capable of caring for these other little beings in my life. And frankly, yoga class is my time to connect with other women in a way that is authentic and not otherwise always available in my life.
Give yourself permission to come practice with other pregnant mamas in an accepting, compassionate and knowledgeable space. Discover for yourself ways to ease your mothering journey while learning to stand in your own truth and power.
Beth Brown, LCSW, RYT. Beth is a therapist in Haverhill, MA, specializing in issues such as postpartum depression/anxiety, infertility, loss and trauma. She has been teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga classes at YogaLife NH since 2014. With her years of experience as a birth doula and lactation counselor, she is well-equipped to assist women through the perinatal period. She believes that all women deserve the feeling of empowerment, pride and joy that accompanies birth and the transition to motherhood. For more information about Beth, you can follow her on Facebook at Stillwater Maternal Wellness.