Posts tagged yoga
Fear Release Workshop

It is O.K. to let it go. 

Join Bonnie Carl, Family Mindfulness Educator & Certified Meditation and Yoga Teacher from Mindful Mama's Family Wellness on April 21, 2018 from 9:30-11:30am, for a workshop to bring gentle awareness and acceptance to our fears surrounding pregnancy, birth, postpartum recovery, parenting and unresolved traumas. In this 2 hour workshop you will gain tools to:

  • Release fears and minimize anxiety
  • Maintain a state of presence, bringing calm and relaxation to the entire nervous system
  • Increase melatonin and promote deeper sleep
  • Improve happy hormones, serotonin & oxytocin, boosting mood and cultivating serenity
  • Increase JOAS- vital life energy that is drained by lifestyle, physical & mental exertion and trauma
Hello Baby Fear Release

Healing through words and movement.

During this very special two hour workshop, Bonnie will lead you through a series of exercises to help you name your fears and begin to let them go.  The workshop will include: 

  • "What If" - a releasing activity to begin class and work through at home
  • Gentle restorative Hatha yoga
  • Pranayama (breath control) 
  • A healing/sharing circle
  • Meditation to ground and connect with self, in awareness and presence

A mini-retreat for your mind and body.

The journey through pregnancy, birth, and adjusting to life postpartum affects us all in different ways.  The way we feel emotionally and spiritually has very real effects on our bodies, the way we labour, and our ability to transition into parenthood. If you are struggling with the physical and emotional changes that come with creating life, you are definitely not alone!  Bonnie will gently guide you through this workshop and a few steps closer to healing and release!

Breathing for Birth: Pranayama Series with Mindful Mama's Family Wellness

Take a deep breath.

Discover the therapeutic benefits of pranayama during conception, pregnancy and postpartum!

During this six week session, Bonnie Carl will guide you through simple techniques using conscious breathing from a comfortable, seated position!  Pranayama - the practice of mindful and purposeful breathing - is perfect for everyone regardless of fitness level or experience with yoga.  The techniques Bonnie will teach you will bring your awareness to the present, increase the depth of your breathe and prepare you mentally and physically for pregnancy, labour and birth.

Bonnie Carl of Mindful Mama's Family Wellness will be leading this beautiful six week session focusing on the power of breath. 

Bonnie Carl of Mindful Mama's Family Wellness will be leading this beautiful six week session focusing on the power of breath. 

What are the benefits of pranayama?

Pranayama (breath/energy control)  will help you to:

  • reduce anxiety, depression & fear
  • increase energy, memory & focus
  • induce a state of calm & relaxation that can be carried with you for hours after each practice
  • promote deeper sleep, balanced hormones and improved mood

Manage your contractions with calm and control. 

Pranayama - mindful and purposeful breath work - is a wonderful tool for preparing your mind an body for labour and birth. Breathing exercises during labour help you to move through contractions with calm and control. They also help to make sure that you and baby are getting the oxygen you need for the hard work you will be doing!  Breathing well during labour focuses the mind, helps to alleviate pain and tension, and is something you can do on your own or with a birth partner. 

Prepare for a positive birth.

The Pranayama series will run every Wednesday for six weeks from 12:15 to 12:45 pm downtown at the Hello, Baby! hub.  Join  Bonnie in the bright and cozy Wellness Studio to learn these simple and effective techniques. Space is limited so register now!

Spotlight on Sonja Martin of Rooted Lavender
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A big part of preparing yourself for birth involves getting your mind and your body working together.  In this respect, the growing families of Peterborough are lucky to have Sonja Martin of Rooted Lavender as a part of our community.  Sonja is passionate and skilled in her work supporting women and children as they move through pregnancy into the life-long adventure of parenting.  

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I have been drawn to connecting and supporting others from a young age. My passion has been babies, mothering, breastfeeding and wellness. As I have completed yoga training and continue to learn and grow, so do my passions. I feel honoured to support families’ physical and mental health in a several capacities.
— Sonja Martin, Rooted Lavender

Sonja teaches several of her classes; including Infant Massage, yoga for children, Mindful Parenting classes, and so much more, at another Peterborough community hub, Play Cafe.  Her gentle nature and quiet confidence makes her an easy favourite with everyone she meets and her seemingly limitless energy and enthusiasm are amazing.

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Competency, purity of intention, humility and authenticity to self and the moment...I work each day to stay connected to these pillars.
— Sonja Martin, Rooted Lavender

Sonja is a person who lives her teachings and Hello, Baby! is so lucky to have her as a community partner!  If you get a chance to take one of her beautifully crafted classes, we highly recommend it.  Visit her on Facebook or on her website for more information on her philosophy and her events.

Take Good Care ... Mind AND Body

Jenn & Steph

Spotlight on Stephanie Reynolds Yoga

Welcome back!

If you are following along with this little series of posts about wellness during pregnancy we would love to hear your thoughts or questions about last week's post about the Top 5 Coolest Things Your Pregnant Body is Doing.  Leave a comment or tag @hellobabyptbo in an Instagram pic.  We love belly shots!

This week we are talking to one of our amazing community partners Stephanie Reynolds.  Mother, local business owner, yogi, pelvic floor fitness expert and (in a nutshell) a guru on the subject of all things pre and post natal fitness, Stephanie works along side a group of vibrant women at Stephanie Reynolds Yoga and the Peterborough community is lucky to have her!

 In a nutshell, the muscles that makes up your pelvic floor are like a really strong hammock that keeps everything up and in.  For a pregnant woman, this is super important because you have a whole extra person to support (literally!) and your pelvic floor if working overtime.  Having a strong pelvic floor can also lead to an easier labour and birth as well as a faster recovery!  

Why do we love Stephanie?  

Besides her passion for fitness, she shares the Hello, Baby! commitment to community and empowerment.  When we asked her to sum up why she is so passionate about her work and her answer was simple and real.

I want people to live happier, healthier lives and to feel comfortable in their skin. Growing, birthing, and raising a child strips us down to our raw selves in a way that nothing else can. It also shows us how strong we really are! What I am really passionate about is helping other women, especially new mamas, build strength and confidence so they can shine.
— Stephanie Reynolds
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Specializing in core and pelvic floor fitness, Stephanie offers a wide variety of classes including  Prenatal Yoga, one-on-one assessments, and special events.  If you are looking to try something new, Stephanie Reynolds Yoga is definitely worth checking out.

Keeping your body strong and balanced during pregnancy and after birth is so important to your overall wellness.  Our next post will continue the theme of wellness during pregnancy and will plunge into a discussion about why water is so important for the pregnant body and how you can squeeze more of it into your day.  Stay tuned!

Take Good Care,

- Jenn

If you have an idea for a blog series or a burning question we haven’t yet answered, send us an email - with the subject BLOG IDEA!. No doubt, someone else is experiencing the same thing and could totally benefit from it!