Why You Should Toss Your Due Date Out the Window

  Your birth can be inspired. Even ecstatic. But you may be saying "Yeah, right. I just hope I make it through. Forget ecstatic." There are at least a dozen reasons why we get all nervous and over-the-top anxious about birth. But if you can become aware of them and deal with them, you're well on your way to opening the doorway for a birth experience you not only survive but actually ...

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20 Minute Yoga Sequence for Bone Strength

The New York Times recently published an article with 12 poses that you can do in 12 minutes, to increase bone strength. Well, this applies to pregnancy and postpartum as well! The 12 poses are: Tree Pose * Triangle Pose * Warrior 2 Pose * Side-angle Pose * Twisted Triangle * Locust Pose *Bridge Pose * Supine Hand to Foot 1 * Supine Hand to Foot 2 * Straight Leg Twist * ...

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What’s the Big Deal About Breathing in Pregnancy?

  One of my (Nicole's) first lessons in pranayama (yoga breath training) taught me that most of us breathe incorrectly. We think of breathing in like this: suck in the belly and lift the chest and shoulders.  Then exhale and slump and release the belly out. Correct breathing is actually the opposite--we are to inhale by relaxing the belly, and exhale by hugging the navel to the spine. Try it now. Place ...

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