So proud for Prana to be featured in the July edition of Westchester Magazine. We love our community and it’s so wonderful to be recognized for the work we are doing with expecting women, new moms and their families. Huge thanks to my amazing team!
Every woman deserves the dignity of their self-agency and the privilege of her experience. That is THE core value that Prana is built upon. We are here to provide women with education, resources, safe space, community and unconditional love. When it comes to a woman’s relationship to her fertility, birth choices, feeding options for her baby, where her baby sleeps, parenting styles, to stay at home or to go back to work, we engage in deep listening. We offer resources, only when we are asked, and we yield to her Inner Teacher every time, without judgement. To do anything other than this, is to engage the patriarchal constructs that we’ve been programmed into, and we’re NOT about that life anymore. Let’s start acting like it. Seek out or create a field way beyond wrongdoing and rightdoing and name it Modern Feminism. Invite your friends.
#thetimeisnow #feminism #pranaprenatalyoga
PS Thanks to my homeboy Rumi for the quote
Today’s self-care strategy is looking like ten minutes of this restorative pose in between teaching classes. As I was laying here exploring the possibility of getting bent out of shape because I have so much to do and so little time, I realized maybe I should rebel a little bit. So this is what me flipping the to-do list the bird looks like as I prioritize my well-being. I don’t feel like being frantic.
On some level, being stressed out requires our consent and participation doesn’t it? We obviously can’t control external factors like other people and how they behave. We’re powerless over certain circumstances in our lives (did you see the stock market this week?) We can choose to get worked up about all of it. Or another choice is to slow down, just for a few, and take a breath.
This post is a sign that you should close your eyes and enjoy several long, deep breaths!
Social media has this way of creating optical illusions. And as participants, we often leverage that by putting photos up where we are at our best. We all do it. But today, I’d like to offer you this, which is a more complete picture.
Many of you have seen posts this past month of me so ecstatically happy, having accomplished the opening of my dream yoga studio. This is something for years that I felt called to do. And then I was relentless. I worked my ass off and universe met me halfway by having the pieces fall into place. The joy you see in my pics is very real, the love for my job truly fills my heart, but it’s only a part of the story.
Can we be real with each other? Interspersed in my joy are times of deep self doubt. I regularly ask myself what have I done? Did I bite off more than I can chew? There are moments of acute panic (especially when i look at the Amex bill )
I wonder every day if I’ll really pull this off and if my company will grow to serve more women and families. Im so excited when I meet new students that heard about our classes because the word on the street is that Prana has amazing classes. The other day I met a couple who traveled from Queens to take my Yoga For Labor class. I was over the moon with joy. But... later that night, I was so ridiculously exhausted from the 14 hour day, I went face-down and wept into my bed and truly wished I’d never opened a studio at all.
Im proud, excited, exhausted, scared, inspired, determined, doubtful, and fiercely on purpose. Life is beautiful. Life is messy! I’m really grateful. #keepinitreal
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These beautiful humans! ! I am so grateful for their open minds, warm hearts, and their enthusiasm about being of service to others. They will help create peace in the world through their intentional actions. They will spread kindness and acceptance. Each one of these beautiful humans will offer practical mindfulness tools that will change people’s lives. It was an incredible joy to lead this Meditation Teacher Training. Thank you to Tovami Yoga for hosting me.