The last few months have been big for me for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, I held four monthly Soul School workshops at Willowood Barn which came to a conclusion back in November. Thank you so much to everyone who came along to these nights, what a great little yoga community we are fostering here in Margaret River!
With these workshops over, I’ve since been trying to get clarity on what is next… the last two years I’ve held summer classes in Margaret River which have been so amazing and I was so looking forward to doing them again…
But then… life had other plans.
Life’s plans being: Motherhood :) !!!
Yep, as of this week, I’m now 19 weeks pregnant…And I can’t deny that this baby bump is slowly but surely starting to show (as you can see).
More than the physical changes, what has been the bigger surprise to me is how my focus has changed.
I’ve always had so much ambition around sharing yoga, but since this news, its like its evaporated! Which has been confronting and perplexing and a little sad too. Tears have been shed as I grappled with a sense of loss around this!
But having come to an acceptance of this feeling now, I can see that its been a necessary shift: I’ve needed to create space to really honour, nurture and understand this pregnancy journey.
After all, more than a summer-long project this is a LIFE-LONG project and I really want to give it my best...
My focus has become about understanding all the changes I’m experiencing, physically and mentally, and preparing for the EPIC experience that is birthing a new baby and person into this world.
There’s so much to learn! I feel like a whole new part of life has opened its heart to me!
And there’s so much of what I’m learning that I want to share with you! Here’s why:
Yoga <=> Life <=> Birth
It all fits together see!
At first, this baby journey felt like a private one, but I’m past that now, my creativity is bursting!
I’ve always had a desire to share more about femininity - becoming a mum seems to be bringing that desire out even more so.
As I’ve been navigating the medical establishment this past little while (I’m not used to or particularly trusting of how our health system is set up) and as I’ve been having conversations with the people in my life about pregnancy and birth, the predominant mood out there seems to be one of fear, pain, risk and worst-case scenarios…
Which is very contrasting to my own personal belief that birth and motherhood is one of the most potent opportunities we have as women to step into our full feminine power.
Yes I realise I haven’t been actually birthed yet and I'm not denying the traumatic experiences of so many out there who have, but my yoga training and holistic way of looking at the world just refuses to accept this as the fate that awaits me...
For too long, the feminine energy has been suppressed…as I see it, the fear that surrounds birthing is symptomatic of women being disconnected from their bodies, from their sexuality, from their true power and beauty.
Birth is a sensitive and emotionally charged topic - the views I'm expressing are not meant as judgment but rather from wanting to contribute to women feeling more embodied, empowered and expressed.
And to future birth experiences that are driven by love rather than fear, that are honoured as a true celebration of life and the feminine!
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The opportunity to grow and bring a new life into the world is an amazing gift - it's time as women, we knew it as such.
Femininity, sexuality, creativity and now motherhood are a huge part of my own personal journey and moving forward, I hope to be more open on these topics.
So in order to give more energy to this feminine journey and to this little being that’s growing within me, I’ve decided to take a break from teaching classes for the months ahead (including private sessions).
Which means no summer classes this year I’m sorry to say! For other teachers and classes in and around Margaret River, I recommend you check out the 'Margaret River Yoga' Facebook page.
So much love to you for the festive season!