I am a firm believe that things happen for a reason rather than by chance. Late last year, I was contacted by a friend who knew of a neighborhood playgroup seeking a yoga teacher. While I have loved introducing my daughter to yoga and enjoy leading a monthly Tots & Tykes offering at Tranquil Space, working with little ones was not something I saw as central to my teaching path.
Nevertheless, I followed through on the connection, and after one trial class, I was hooked. The enthusiasm of these little ones as they experience even the most basic movement rivals that of a seasoned yogi mastering an exceedingly complex arm balance. The kiddos throw themselves into each song and game without a trace of self-consciousness and exude sheer joy as they explore and experiment. I found myself grinning from ear to ear during - and after - the class, and accepted the mission. Shortly thereafter I had so quickly gained a deep affection for the children, teachers, and caregivers involved that I signed my own daughter up for the playgroup.
Recently, one of the teachers shared she is creating a group to help new mamas connect with one another and gain a better understanding of what lies ahead. As I have mentioned before, community is critical - whether navigating the challenges of infertility or preparing for the roller coaster of parenthood. And for those who choose the parenting path, when the baby arrives, the need for support has only begun.
That is why I am thrilled to help her spread the word about this program. Certified postnatal doula Whitney Marsh is bringing together experts from a variety of fields to offer guidance on the seemingly overwhelming topic of caring for a newborn, and the equally important - but often overlooked - matter of caring for oneself. In this eight week series, Whitney will cover subjects ranging from nursing to maternal nutrition and fitness to finding the unique mama/work/life balance that is right for each person.
If you - or someone you know - is a new parent, I highly recommend reaching out to Whitney for more details. You might be surprised by where the connection leads you...