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YoMa! Yoga for Postpartum Women

female-tree_pose-against-sunset  YoMa is now at Lexington Power Yoga! Sunday April 30th, 1-3pm

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Have you had a baby in the past 2 years?

Do you wish you could just feel “like your old self” again?

Have you been meaning to get back into an exercise routine but are unsure of whether your body can handle it?

Are you desperate for some “you” time?

The postpartum period can be a joyous time but it is also a time when your whole body, spirit, and mind are put under an enormous amount of stress. Childbirth, breastfeeding, and caring for a little one can leave the body worn out! Feelings of anxiety, frustration, and excitement can make this sensitive period especially difficult. It is no wonder that women in the postpartum period often do not feel comfortable attending yoga classes with others who are not in the same boat physically or mentally! This workshop is specifically designed for women who have given birth or adopted a young child in the past year and are interested in doing something positive for themselves.

Led by local perinatal psychologist and mom to a toddler, Lauren Brown, PsyD, with Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher and mom to two teenagers, Sidonie Blackett, this two-hour workshop will include both a physical and emotional component via group discussion, asana practice, and meditation.

• The first part of the workshop, led by Dr. Brown, will allow participants to get to know one another in a warm, nonjudgmental environment and will include a discussion on the physical and emotional changes after baby. Participants will have the opportunity, although not required, to share what the postpartum period has been like for them.

• The second part of the workshop, led by Sidonie, will emphasize poses and stretches that release the neck, shoulders and upper back, as well as gently strengthen abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. There will be several standing and balancing poses to renew energy, and finally, a restorative yoga pose to promote deep rest and relaxation.

• The third portion of the workshop will include an extended guided meditation for ultimate relaxation before returning to the busy lives that we lead, as well as a reflection on the practice and a chance to offer feedback and support.

Postnatal Yoga is a wonderful way to center and ground, as well as to release muscle tension. This workshop is appropriate for women who have given birth vaginally and are 6 weeks postpartum, or for women who have given birth by Cesarean and are 8 weeks postpartum. You may attend earlier with your doctor’s permission. Women up to two years postpartum are welcome. We hope you join us!

Sidonie Blackett 2016Sidonie Blackett
Sidonie is a certified RYT teacher, trained in power vinyasa by Baron Baptiste. She has attended trainings with Kevan Gale and Seane Corn, among others. Her approach to yoga is one of simplicity… letting the body be the guide and paying attention to where the body is today… not yesterday. Sidonie encourages students take their practice off the mat to bring balance and breath into their daily lives. She teaches with a pure intention and hopes that her students feel nurtured and supported.

 

Past Events: 

DARK SIDE OF THE FULL MOON SCREENING EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! It was a packed house on Saturday, Oct 1st, with over 60 people who came out to support postpartum depression awareness. After the film, Dr. Brown led the group of community members, doulas, midwives, therapists, parents, family, and friends in a rousing discussion on the state of maternal mental health care in Massachusetts and how to better support the mothers in our community. It was truly a night to remember with over $650 raised for First Connections! Thank you! Check out the movie at darksideofthefullmoon.com 

         

Did you know it's common for expecting or recovering parents to experience::
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Depression and sadness
  • Irrational anger and irritability
  • Obsessive thoughts (including harm to one's child or self)
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Emotional numbness and disconnection
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Relationship conflict
  • Difficulties focusing or completing tasks
  • Stress-related physical symptoms
  • Decrease in work-related performance
  • Not feeling "like my old self"