It's been a busy year, with big changes for 2019!
I am an inconsistent blogger--I'm sorry for that! This year has been filled with babies coming earth-side, some big personal goals being met, and some amazing teachers that have given me more than just more knowledge and trainings but have also resonated with my soul and brought me more in alignment with my sense of purpose and my heart.
The end of April found me in attendance at MokSana's 20 Hour Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training in Victoria. This special training was tailored to be not just for yoga teachers, but also birth-workers who wanted to provide patients/clients with more information about mindful movement during pregnancy. This had been a topic I had been drawn to after attending the Spinning Babies workshop as most of the exercises and techniques aren't practiced until after 20 weeks gestation, which is understandable and very beneficial but left me wondering: How can we set women up so that the ligaments are in alignment and the uterus is centred before then? How might we prepare these women from the get-go? This is an area that I still have so much more exploring to do, of course, but an example of some of what I have found useful from this training (because there is a lot that I could list), and have brought into my doula practice, is a better understanding of how to incorporate movement into labouring/birthing positions.
In September I began my 200 hour Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at OmTown in Nanaimo. I specifically chose this particular 200hr YTT because one of the teachers is a friend of mine, a fellow doula, and the yoga teacher that taught me when I was pregnant. I hadn't anticipated embarking on such a huge commitment and journey until my own child was a couple years older but the timing of it seemed right, it felt like the place my heart was asking for me to go, and so I registered and went after that dream.
I have so much to say about what an incredible journey my YTT experience has been. It's been three weeks since I finished and received my certificate, and I'm still processing the experience. What I can say for sure is that I am beyond excited to be able to start teaching yoga next year. In January I will be sharing an opportunity to teach prenatal yoga classes and a mom & baby class with Andrea Celestina of Venus Rose Women's Wellness here in Duncan--Andrea and I met during the 20hr Prenatal/Postpartum YTT in the spring, and I am excited to get to know her and work with her in the near future now that she has come to the Cowichan Valley. I'll be posting dates/times soon for classes, I promise.
The next really big thing that has happened is that in September I began a two-year cross-training with Michelle Stroud of By the Moon's Holistic Reproductive Practitioner course. We started with an in-depth study into Fertility, reproductive health conditions, and then Reflexology (and the rest of the body through the lens of Reflexology). This content has been immensely inspiring to me! There is a long way yet to go with this particular training but I will be ready to begin the practicum for the Reflexology portion soon in the new year--your feet could be in for a (free) bit of extra attention! I will also soon be expanding my Doula practice into the area of Fertility support, which has been a calling of mine since I learnt Fertility Doulas exist.
I'm continuing to learn and grow. I probably will always be studying and following my curiosity, I love learning new things, and adding to my proverbial toolbox, because it means I have more to share and offer to our community. At my heart I am a teacher, a space-holder, and a dreamer, and I am committed to staying that way.
So here we are, just past the winter solstice, and moving towards longer days and more light, and I couldn't be more excited for what will unfold in 2019.