Birth Trauma

Birth Trauma. Two words that feel like they should not be paired. Birth trauma is yet another paradoxical experience in the mud that is mothering. Birth “should” be joyous, peaceful, supported, and maybe (a little) painful. Drugs or the body’s natural endorphins can numb the pain. My mom always says, “You forget the pain of child birth.” But, what if you can’t? What if the pain, emotional or physical, creates anxiety or panic, insomnia, flashbacks, […]

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The Benefits of Yoga in the Postpartum Period

Prenatal yoga is a big deal. Prenatal yoga classes are packed. But, then once the baby is born, the practice of yoga drops. However, self-care, including yoga and pranayaman, is equally as important during the postpartum period. The postpartum period is a time of emotional, physical, and mental adjustment. We are no longer able to do the simplest of things for ourselves, like shower or even go to the bathroom! Because the transition to motherhood […]

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Life Is Sweet!

Ah how quickly we forget that life is sweet as we plod through our days moving from one “necessary” task to the next. People tend to focus on the negative aspects of life and ignore the sweetness all around them. Babies enter the world and first experience the sweetness of milk. The sweetness is what builds us, allows us to grow physically, and develop cognitively. When so many of us reach for a sweet or […]

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5 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care

I frequently ask my clients, “Have you taken any time for yourself this week?” The answer is usually a resigned, “No.” The conversation will turn to the focus on baby, toddler, husband, housework, and the multitude of duties we have as mothers and parents. Being a mother quickly buries us in all the things we have to get done for others with our needs are forgotten. I recently read a blog post that described our […]

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Scary Thoughts During the Postpartum Period

I remember being about 6 months postpartum with my son and suddenly having a thought (more like a vision) of doing something horrible to him. The thoughts become more frequent and occurred at completely random times. Unfortunately, I was a therapist for severely traumatized children prior to his birth, so I heard the worst stories ever. And, these stories spilled into my postpartum brain (I’m not going to divulge the nature of these thoughts because […]

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5 Reasons to Practice Yoga Nidra

The ancient practice of Yoga Nidra is increasing in popularity in the West. Likely due to the deep relaxation induced by the practice in addition to it’s healing qualities. Yoga Nidra helps the practitioners in managing life’s challenges, moods, and mental states. Richard Miller, the developer of iRest, has gone on to prove Yoga Nidra’s efficacy in treating trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. According to Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices […]

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Gratitude

Thanksgiving has passed so I wonder if I am a bit late in writing about gratitude. But, as I debated on whether or not to write this blog post, I decided that it is never too late to talk about gratitude and it’s benefits. A year round gratitude practice will offer you physical and emotional benefits. I first heard about the power of gratitude while Oprah was interviewing Brené Brown. I remember her saying that […]

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