Yoga for Labor & Birth: A Workshop for Partners
Sunday, September 29, 2019, 2:30-5:30
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 2:30-5:30

Yoga Sanctuary - Thorne’s Marketplace, Northampton
$75 per pregnant person & partner


In this workshop, you will learn a variety of labor coping strategies, and partners gain practical physical and emotional labor support skills. Explore positions, movement and rhythms that influence fetal position, encourage progress, and ease pain in labor. Bring attention to the breath and explore ways that you might use it to steady and calm the mind, induce relaxation, and energize the body. We will work with massage, counter pressure, acupressure points to support comfort, facilitate progress, and relieve pain.  When the mind is free of tension and fear, the body is able to give birth with more ease.  We will practice relaxation techniques and visualizations for labor and birth and examine the universal needs of laboring women. Other topics we will discuss include the use of heat and/or cold for comfort, eating and drinking as essential labor support, and the benefits of water. This workshop includes practices to do at home and a bibliography.



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Comfort Measures for Labor, Birth & Early Postpartum:
Evidence-based practices for Maternity Care Providers

Evidence-based comfort measures that support progress through all stages of labor and the early weeks postpartum.

2019 Dates TBA


Wellness Retreat for People Affected by Cancer: A Half-day Retreat

This retreat invites people affected by cancer, including caregivers, to enjoy a place of peace, calm, community, and information as you learn essential tools for creating health and wellness in your daily life. You will learn and have time to practice a series of movements that support stability and strength, circulation, bone building and balance. You will be guided through breathing practices that allows you to release physical, mental and emotional tension. We will do breathing practices that help you steady the mind, find a place of calm, and induce a state of relaxation - making it a perfect antidote to anxiety and depression.

You will be taught the principles of deep relaxation and guided through a practice that eliminates physical and emotional tension, replacing it with equanimity.  We will discuss healthy sleep habits and practice some of the ways to support better sleep patterns in your life.

A healthy diet will be addressed by an oncology nutritionist who will talk about foods that can support healing and recovery and sustain a terrain that is less conducive to cancer cells. Recommendations on eating well and making healthy food choices will be offered. Some of the well-known anti-cancer diets will be addressed, and your questions will be answered.