All posts tagged: postpartum

How to Claim Your Mammauthority

Many of my clients have experiences where their authority as a mother to make decisions for their infants and parenting, or lifestyle around parenting are not only questioned, but threatened.  No matter how many children you have, the time when you have a newborn and for their first year of life seems to be when mothers are most vulnerable to the opinions of others.  How to find good sources of information for decision-making around parenting is a whole other topic for consideration.  This post is about ways to claim your authority without alienating members of your community, friends, and family when offered unsolicited advice or your ability to care for your child is questioned. Here is my tried and true method for claiming your “Mammauthority” in all situations.  Please comment below with your experiences and let me know how this has worked or not worked for you. Foundations of the Method #1: The underlying principle in this method is that you are the mother and you have the right and responsibility to care for your …

Pregnancy and Beyond

Please check out our Matrika Prenatal Website for all our fertility, pregnancy and postpartum classes, workshops and services. Sign-up for our pregnancy and/or postnatal e-mail newsletter! Matrika Prenatal Yoga & Exercise Class Schedule All prenatal yoga classes are offered on an ongoing basis and you can start at any time.   WEDNESDAY 6:00 to 7:00 pm Prenatal Yoga & Exercise at YOGA MATRIKA Pay online and enroll HERE. THURSDAY 7:00-8:00 pm Seated Meditation at YOGA MATRIKA (2nd & 4th Thursdays) [Note: this is not specifically a pregnancy class, but meditation is a safe and relaxing practice for women during pregnancy. A great class to share with a friend, partner or husband during your pregnancy!] Pay online and enroll HERE. SATURDAY 9:30 to 10:30 am Prenatal Yoga & Exercise at YOGA MATRIKA Pay online and enroll HERE.   Benefits of Yoga and Meditation During Pregnancy Physical Gentle movements improve posture so that you carry baby correctly and prevent backache Improved circulation mean less varicose veins, hemorrhoids and fluid retention Relieve fatigue Alleviate minor discomforts such as …

Oh Wow!

It was raining, my husband’s cell phone wasn’t working, he was late to work and we pulled up to my son’s school just a minute before we were supposed to pick him up.  I, somewhat frazzled, jumped out of the car and put a bit of a spring in my step as I jogged towards the appropriate door of the school for kindergarten pick-up.  After I jogged a few steps, I heard this male voice beside me say, “Oh Wow!”.  I wasn’t sure what was so wonderful about a crowded elementary school pick-up scene on a rainy afternoon, but something about the tone of the male voice made me feel kind of uneasy.  It was a “Oh Wow” I’m looking at something kind of sexy “Oh Wow” (if you know what I mean).  But, I kept up my little jog until I heard the “Oh Wow” a little louder and a little closer to my body.  It felt even worse.  Then, I heard “Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow watch them bounce.”  It was then …

Mom & Baby Yoga

Mom & Baby Yoga Thursdays 11:15 to noon  $10 (exact cash, check or credit cards accepted on site) This is a class for moms to share with babies up to 6-months or crawling (whichever comes first).  We start our practice with some gentle stretches for mom to relieve head, shoulder, neck and head tension and some exercises to prevent or support healing of carpal tunnel pain.  Then, we move on to yoga for baby.  Yes, you read that correctly—yoga for your baby!  Babies love being gently touched, singing songs and mindful movement.  Then, we close with some stretching and stretches for mom and a deep relaxation for everyone. No experience required!  Just pack some diapers, be prepared to feed your baby on demand during the class and bring a blanket for baby to lie on during class. Doing Yoga Together: Preparations and Expectations You love yoga and now you want to make it a part of your child’s life too. We are delighted that this is the case and we have a few things to …