The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and bliss. I completed my Doula training with a group of insanely compassionate women (and one brave man.) I went way out of my comfort zone for a couple of hands-on activities including palpating a 36 week pregnant women’s belly and getting kicked in the face through a fetal scope by her baby (in utero), it was awesome! The biggest take-away from this weekend workshop, besides having a deeper understanding of the birth process in general, were these four things:
1. Take your health into your own hands. Don’t depend on the medical system or a doctor to make decisions for you, it’s your body and your life.
2. Patience. Let the process unfold naturally.
3. Let your voice be heard.
4. Create a safe space for people.
Following this training I co-led my first international yoga retreat in Belize. It’s taken me a full day to really process what happened last week and I think I will be processing for a while. A member of our group put it best in the closing circle, ‘it was the practice of yoga that brought us all together and helped us strip away our walls and barriers that we came with’ in order to become a little tribe for the week. Everyone was friendly and open and I am very om-sick for all the beautiful people I was able to bond with for seven days in paradise.
My mom and aunt attended the retreat and for someone who doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with her family (they live in Kansas) it was indescribable how important this time was to me. My mother and I did what was probably the most spontaneous thing either of us have ever done and got matching Ganesh tattoos on our feet the last day of the trip. This to me is an important memory that will last forever (literally) and symbolizes my families unwavering support and a bond that defies time and distance.
To everyone that came, and to Blair who partnered with me, thanks for a week that I will never forget.