Simply Baby Massage

Simplicity, love and the nurturing power of this precious moment. Jawani Purty massaging her beautiful baby Laxmi with haldi in a remote village Phulijar in Orissa, India. Jawani was alone at home when she birthed her baby, in a mud hut without access to any professional care. I was captivated by this image, it’s raw simplicity demonstrating baby massage as a regular part of every daily life for mum and baby. Jawani sits in dandasana, her legs together and outstretched, a traditional posture for Baby Massage commonly seen in India. A subtle reminder that Infant Massage requires no fancy gimmicks…

What does a Birth Partner do?

Birth Partners play a valuable role in labour and birth, in making you comfortable and supporting you.  I share 6 things below that a Birth Partner can do to nurture your birth experience. 1.   Protect your Privacy & Birth Space Your Birth Space matters, it’s important you feel safe, comfortable and secure wherever you birth baby and that you’ve privacy.  Your birth partner can help create your birth space when you go into labour, protect your privacy and ensure you’re comfortable and have all you need.  You may like electric candles, aromatherapy and soft music in the background.  Discuss how you…

Protected: The Importance of Dignity in Birth

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Letting Go

In my earlier days when practicing a yoga posture, I began to notice that I held my breath, particularly if I was doing something that I found mentally or physically challenging. Your yoga practice can reveal much to you about yourself and how you respond or react to every day things in life. I recall asking my yoga teacher at the time about that and she kindly shared, that if I focused on the exhale, the inhale would naturally follow. It took time for me to understand what a powerful metaphor, this reality is. Recently I was thinking about drinking…

yoga breathing and fear

Yoga Bubbles and Fear

I started beginners swimming lessons last week and was so excited! I’ve tried to take to swimming several times before but have never had good experiences. Time passes and I thought, yes, let’s do this! Our first class involved placing our faces in water and blowing bubbles. Sounds simple, right? Yes, well…. as soon as I did it, the exhale came out super fast, panic and anxiety set in and fearful thoughts set off like colourful exploding fireworks. The worse being “I can’t breathe.” I came up, and thought… “This is about breathing, I understand breathing.” A big inhale and then…

Yoga and Emulating

I was teaching a yoga class recently, which included several students new to yoga asana (postures). As I introduced the next posture, I offered a modified pose more suitable for beginners. To my observation, everyone in the class moved into the more advanced pose. It made me question why? When offered two options, why did everyone chose the most advanced? I reflected on emulating. We learn so much about ourselves on the yoga mat. As people we spend much of our time copying what other people are doing, perhaps it’s a tool of survival, learning that is instinctual – a force…