“Yoga is self-care, self-love and self-acceptance. This is the foundation for healthy relationships and practices in life. My love for teaching yoga stems from sharing these ideas.”
What was your path to becoming a fertility/prenatal yoga instructor? What inspired you to choose this profession?
After undergoing IVF in 2011, I was inspired to change my path and take on a new career. My practice with my fertility yoga teacher, as well as a friendship with another patient at my doctors office, helped guide me through a time of self-doubt. Knowing that I had a shoulder to lean on and a practice to soothe me, made the process more manageable. I knew that there were many people with parallel stories to my own and that most people go through fertility treatments alone, and often without an outlet for their physical and emotional pain. I wanted to turn my hardship into something meaningful. I changed my own narrative and wanted to share that possibility with others. I am now fortunate to teach others the beautiful practice of yoga, providing love and support during life's ups and downs.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
It is always a personal journey when working one on one with my clients. Every session is catered to the individual and carefully tailored based on their goals. A typical session begins with an initial conversation on how one is feeling both physically and mentally; this allows both my client and I to stay mindful about their present state. Most sessions will include pranayama (breath work), deep stretching, conditioning of muscles, restorative postures and meditation. All equipment is provided and all you need to bring is an open mind.
What are some things you wish people knew about yoga, who might be hesitant to try it?
People often tell me that they are not flexible enough to do yoga. I smile and explain that the real flexibility happens in the mind and the body follows. Yoga is about learning to bend so we don't break. Postures designed to challenge you physically and mentally will become a learning experience; helping the practitioner discover more about themselves by focusing on connecting the mind and body. Beyond the pretzel like poses, the calorie burn, and lululemon leggings (although, I love all those parts too) lives a deep rooted practice in mindfulness and presence. If you can breathe and love, I assure you, you will be great at yoga.
What is fertility yoga?
Fertility yoga is a practice designed to help women with their cycles and ultimately conception. Whether being followed by a doctor or trying to conceive naturally; the benefits of fertility yoga span beyond the goal of pregnancy. Clients practice specific poses to open up areas in the body that might be compressed or misaligned, aiding in increased blood and hormone flow especially to the reproductive organs. Practicing forms of meditation and restorative yoga encompass both physical and emotional benefits by lowering stress hormones, such as cortisol, and stimulating the vagus nerve to lower heart rate and blood pressure. Moving and breathing with the intention to establish a deep physical and mental well-being is at the heart of fertility yoga.
Why is self-care an important practice in maintaining both our physical and mental well-being?
I always say that the best kind of hug is the one you offer yourself. Through my yoga practice I have learned that my relationship towards myself is the root of my relationships towards others. Self-care, self-love and ultimately self-acceptance are the cornerstones for creating healthy relationships and practices in your life. You must first love and respect yourself in order to love and respect others. These are some of the ideas I share with my clients on how they can live their yoga on and off their mat.
“People often tell me that they are not flexible enough to do yoga. I smile and explain that the real flexibility happens in the mind and the body follows.”