Become a Postnatal Yoga Instructor
June 9th-11th 2017
Become a Postnatal Yoga Teacher. Familiarize yourself with the postnatal body, learn a beautiful yoga mom and baby yoga sequence that you can begin teaching immediately, and embrace the magic of motherhood!
Join Toronto Yoga Mama's Founder, Jamie Kalynuik and her team of professionals who specialize in pre and postnatal health, for an information-rich weekend where participants will learn the foundations of postnatal yoga, a 60 minute safe and fun postnatal yoga sequence, and robust education about the postnatal body.
You Will Learn:
With this specialized Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Mamas will be providing specific focus to areas such as the pelvic floor, diastasis recti and the core. Students will be better equipped to deal with the sensitivities surrounding a mama's postnatal body and therefore be able to confidently apply their learned knowledge to both their personal and professional yoga practices.
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$399 + HST $479 + HST
By April Kowaleski, Doula Coordinator at Yoga Mamas
1. I love to meet and connect with new people!
Part of what makes being a Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula so special to me is that I get to meet and be a part of such a special moment in families' lives.
2. I love supporting women.
Childbirth has got to be one of the biggest challenges as well as the greatest honours and I find great pleasure in being able to guide, prepare and support these amazing women by educating them on their choices both during pregnancy and with postpartum care.
3. I love babies!
This is a fairly obvious reason, however noteworthy nonetheless! Ever since having had my own two children (Danielle and Xaver) and experiencing the amazement and wonder of what it means to give birth, it is something that I am naturally drawn to and find incredibly special.
4. I love assisting partners so that they can better support their mamas during labour and postpartum.
I continue to be inspired and moved by the strength that both parents play in their respective roles during childbirth and with postpartum care.
5. I love helping families adjust to having a newborn, whether that be their first or their fourth!
It all comes down to a genuine love of supporting people so that they can enjoy every second of their child's first months-for me, there is nothing more rewarding!
“You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people” --Anonymous
Written by Dr. Aliya Visram, Chiropractor at Yoga Mamas
Be Your Own Valentine! It’s that time of year. An endless sea of candy hearts and red roses as Valentines Day approaches. And like most of us, you probably go out of your way to make sure those special people in your life feel “extra” special. Showering them with poetic cards, chocolates and flowers shows how you feel. That you love and care for them.
But what about you? What do you do to care and love yourself?
Too often we spend our lives nurturing and giving to others, easily neglecting our own wants and needs. Self love and self care aren’t about being selfish or self-centred. They are about loving ourselves for who we are and taking the time to care for ourselves in the ways that matter to us. Quite simply, having our own power to make ourselves happy and acting kind toward ourselves is not only essential for our well being but also impacts the well being of those around us – our spouses, children, family and friends.
In light of the “month of love”, I thought I would put together a list of my top 10 easy self-love and self-care practices. Give these a try today, tomorrow, and every day!
1. Practice Mindfulness
Sit in a comfortable position and focus on your breathing. When thoughts enter your mind, let them pass through without judgment and refocus on your breathing.
Not just for your babies. A short 20 minute nap mid day has been shown to increase productivity and decrease sleep deprivation. Take the time to add to your sleep bank.
3. Listen To Music
Whether it’s the new Beyonce track or some mellow Mozart, music can be relaxing as well as energizing. Take time to actually listen to the music and let your mind wander.
Adult colouring books are super trendy for a reason. Colouring can act to calm and
clear the mind as you focus on one task.
5. Get Outside
Taking a short stroll can clear your head as you enjoy the surrounding scenery. Listen to the birds, people watch or just breathe in the fresh air.
6. Treat Yourself To A Treatment
Receiving massage therapy, acupuncture treatment, chiropractic care or physiotherapy gives your body a chance to restore and recharge especially after a stressful day or week.
Try reading for pleasure – magazines, blogs, books, whatever! As long as its not reading that causes you stress
8. Do Yoga
Yoga has the ability to calm the mind, nourish the soul and at the same time re-energize the body. Spend a few extra minutes in savasana before and at the end of class to focus on breathing and mindfulness.
9. Take A Bath
Water is soothing and relaxing not only for tight and tense muscles but also for the mind. Add essential oils, use candles, grab a good book and climb in!
10. Think Positively
I know it’s easier said than done but working to practice positive thinking will not only help ease challenges but will also improve your relationships. Repeating positive affirmations daily is a great way to start!
Happy Valentines Day!
"It's time to love ourselves first. Not just today or tomorrow, but every single day" -- Dr. Aliya
Marj first joined the Toronto Yoga Mamas Community by attending our Birth Doula Training in 2013 and since has completed our Postpartum Doula Training and the Yoga Teacher Training. When she joined the Yoga Mamas Team of Toronto Doulas in 2015, she brought with her personal experience from her own pregnancies and professional experience as both a Birth and Postpartum Doula.
Marj LOVES being a doula. She enjoys being able to support new parents on their journey into parenthood. As a doula she can help new parents through providing the tools, techniques, and insights necessary for a solid foundation in birth and postpartum.
To Marj, a doula can help set families on a positive course into parenthood like no other and she loves being a part of this transitional and pivotal time. Through her own pregnancies, she knows first hand how incredibly powerful the entire experience is and is honoured to be able to do this work.
Marj has additional training in Prenatal Yoga, Acupressure Massage for Labour, Rebozo Techniques, and Hypnobirthing for Birth Professionals. She utilizes these to provide comfort and pain alleviation, help decrease labour discomfort and alleviate tension and stress. In her experience, these tools and techniques when available to families allow for a more satisfying labouring experience overall.
We asked Marj for advice on hiring a Doula and she shared that it is important to go with your gut, lead with your heart and hire a doula you feel a connection with. It is a truly intimate time in your life; you want someone there with you who you feel at ease with, who you feel can bring you the comfort and support you feel you'll need – Someone you genuinely can connect to.
Meet Marj and other Toronto Birth and Postpartum Doulas at our next "All About Doula's" Information Session on March 6th at 7:00pm. Visit our Doula Services page to find out more and to register for our Free Information Session.