27 months postnatal my body is feeling stronger than it has in a long time, in some places stronger than ever. In places where there are lingering weaknesses from pregnancy and birth, and the emotional/energetic demands of the first 2 yrs, i feel a much deeper awareness. I know that soon these too will be stronger and more integrated than in my pre-pregnancy body. The map of my physical and energetic body continues to expand! My practice continues to evolve. I continue to be very excited and grateful for all i've learned in these past three years about physical and emotional healing, about the other aspects of yoga practice that are supportive and nurturing when a vigorous asana routine isn't appropriate, but fundamentally, every day, as well. Although i am returning with a new found awareness and gentleness to a more vigorous practice, i continue to rely on mantra (sound/intention), mudra (careful attention to details), nidra (deep rest), bhakti (devotion) and meditation. It's amazing to feel their effects on my approach to, and the end results of, a physical practice. And as i work these elements in to more of my teaching the feedback i get from students is incredibly rewarding.
And, this past week i began teaching a ten week pilot program with women transitioning out of homelessness. Hildebrand, a local organization works with families who have experienced homelessness and are moving into self-sufficiency. They offer them housing, case management, trainings in job, life and parenting skills. In the words of the director, "this is the first time we have brought in any programming that is solely devoted to the well-being of our participants." I am finally able to put my training in Yoga for Trauma into really important use and i have been so excited to meet and share the gifts of yoga with these clients! To read more about Hildebrand and the work they're doing see the link below.
wishing you all a full and healthy transition into spring!