Once in a Pink Moon?

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Jun 212016
Once in a pink moon?
bioHappy Solstice everyone! I’m going to admit, I was looking forward to the moon being pink tonight, but it seems the term Strawberry Moon refers to strawberry picking season and hasn’t conicided with Solstice since the 60s! What does it mean? 17 hours of daylight. Babies will be born. Toddlers will not sleep. And so it is.

Speaking of babies being born, I’m still on a bit of a high after doula-ing an amazing birth last night. One strong mama and one adorable baby girl. One pround Papa on Father’s Day!
Because it is officially summer, studios tend cut a few classes. It also means I start to get creative with my offerings. Below you’ll see what I’m up to over the next few months. I hope to see you very soon!

For new parents

I’ve opened up a few places for Postpartum Doula care and private Yoga Therapy. Write back for more details or call 514.318.4566.

If you’re eager to practice yoga with your new baby outside, please join me Tuesday 10am on the riverbank in Verdun for the entire month of July. I will need a few confirmations before we go ahead, so please let me know if you’re serious about coming. The Facebook event is here.

For those of you wanting to learn and practice Shantala Baby Massage, there are two spots left in the class I’ll be running at my house in Verdun.  12-1 pm Tuesdays in July. Come bond with your baby, help him with gas, sleep, pretty much everything! More details here.

I am also available for private baby massage lessons.

Happy Tree’s Postnatal classes are still in full swing over the summer. Join us Wednesdays 10:30!

We’ve also just opened up a new Mom & Baby yoga class at Breathepod in Ile des Soeures. There is room for another mat or two, Fridays 10am. You can sign up here.

In August, Espace Shanti’s outdoor classes in collaboration with Cardio-Fit will resume Tuesdays at 9:30. You can register right here. This class is so much fun–an amazing workout!

209Prenatal offerings

For the pregnant mamas out there, at the moment, the ONLY group prenatal yoga class I’m offering is Wednesday 7:30 pm at Happy Tree Yoga. It’s a beautiful group in a warm and inviting studio. NEW Series: Wednesdays June 29th 2016 – August 3rd 2016 – REGISTER NOW! (Drop-ins welcome)
Our next Couples Yoga Birthing Workshop is happening Sunday, July 17, and there are a few spots left. We learn ways to cope and enjoy labour in this fun and informative 3 hour workshop. No yoga experience necessary!

Call Happy Tree at or register for any of the family programs online.


For the BIG KIDS
And the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Family Yoga will be happening outside Saturday 10am in Verdun. Be in touch for more details!

For more information on the packages I’m offering, visit www.bonadeayoga.com or call 514.318.4566

Self Care

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Nov 232014

camelEvery Wednesday, before I teach a postnatal yoga class at Happy Tree, I try to make it to Christine’s Hatha/Yin class. I love the class and it gets me in a great place to teach all those mamas and babies!

Admittedly, my life is no longer babies, babies, babies. I spend some time away from my family for work and school. I have a bit of me time. I can breathe.
But this Wednesday, something happened. I realized I wasn’t taking care of myself like I should be.
A scenario any working mom is familiar with: I had to leave at 9am. I tried waking at 7:30 to have a shower and make some coffee. As I tried to sneak out of bed, Babe woke up. She wanted to cuddle and I convinced her to cuddle with Bug. She cuddled him too hard and he woke up crying and asking for “muck” (milk).
So then everyone was awake and I spent time trying to peel them off me. I put oatmeal on the stove, did a load of laundry.
Papa was up to his elbows in dishes from the busy days before. I changed Bug’s diaper and got him dressed for the day, which is an intense physical workout. I helped Babe do her hair and searched the entire house for a pair of tights. Heaven forbid she wear cords or jeans. Must always be tights.
Needless to say, I rushed out of the house. I don’t remember if I brushed my teeth
I made it to Christine’s class on time. I noticed a few things I’d rather not be preoccupied with while on the yoga mat. My pants had cat hair on them. Even though my head is shaven, I had bed head (thank you, large-ass mirrors!) Downward Dog gave me a good look at my sad-looking toes. I closed my eyes and followed the rest of the class that way.
It gave us some good talking points our my postnatal class. Self care.
I shared my experience with the students. They shared theirs. There, with their new little babies, these women looked awesomely put together. They came with great ideas–little things they do for themselves to feel… Human. I felt inspired.
We mamas are incredible. We give it all to our kids. Maybe some to our partners. What have we got left for ourselves?
I still need a pedicure.
Please mamas, how do you practice self-care?

Mom and baby yoga– it is what it is!

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May 012014

melanieThe other day, three year old Babe said to me, “It is what it is.” Where did you hear that? I asked her. She said she heard it in her yoga class! Ha! Babe doesn’t go to yoga class, but she’s got the right idea.

Mom and baby yoga is fun and sometimes stressful. It’s a place to relax and a place to get in shape. A place to meet other moms and feel normal. It’s a place to go to with zero expectations because things will NEVER go as planned! So when Babe said, “it is what it is,” I thought maybe she remembered the classes we did together when she was only a few months old. Maybe that’s the class she was talking about!

With mom and baby yoga we need to surrender to the possible chaos. We need to breathe through it. We need to accept the situation and our babies and our bodies and the bodies and babies of all the other mamas there on the mats with us! It’s the perfect way to practice yoga. Acceptance!

Since doing my Radiant Child Yoga certification I’ve really launched into yoga in a bigger way than ever. Especially mom and baby yoga. I have my own practice and teach children’s yoga, but on the mom and baby front I teach twice a week, am doing a special formation in it once a week and also attend weekly classes with Bug. At this very moment I see mom and baby yoga from all of the sides! (Except the baby’s side but I can’t figure out how I could make that work… I have to use my imagination!)

 I am more than half way through a 40 hour mom and baby training at Equilibrium with Jayme Hernandez, a remarkable woman who three years ago taught me all about yoga in birth which allowed me to have a glimmer of control during Babe’s hospital birth. I heard Jayme’s voice guiding me to use low voice vibration through my contractions. My best memory of that first birth was using this in the shower with Papa at St. Mary’s Hospital, the outside world blocked out. It was amazing.
And I now have the pleasure of taking part in Jayme’s first mom and baby teacher training and I am learning so much. Yes, I’m already teaching mom and baby yoga but the learning never stops. Jayme’s classes are inspiring me and getting me to the deeper spiritual level that I’ve felt like I was having a hard time invoking in my classes these past few months. I come out of the training buzzing with thoughts and ideas for the moms I teach. We learn things in theory, using our baby dolls. We imagine what teaching a class of eight moms and newborns would feel like. We observe moms and babies as Jayme teaches her beautiful classes. Next week we practice teach our classmates.
The classes that Bug and I take with Melanie Faucher at her studio, Espace Shanti are also huge learning for me. I’m IN the mom and baby class. MY baby is the one that is potentially “disrupting” the other students. MY baby is the one who might spend most of the class wanting to nurse. Maybe he’ll regurgitate on the mat. Maybe his diaper will explode. Maybe we’ll be late for class. Maybe I’ll be too tired from a sleepless night to “properly” participate. I need a pen and paper beside me throughout the class because it’s the class I’m in but I can’t help but take it on as further training. I don’t even have words to describe Melanie. She is my teacher, business associate and friend and I feel so grateful the universe brought us together.
And the classes I teach. This is where all my learning is put into motion. I currently teach two groups of mom and babies and I am in love. I was originally worried about teaching adults (because kids yoga is a whole different thing!) but the more I do it, the more I believe it’s what I’m supposed to be doing right now.
Mom and baby yoga– that’s what it is!
Nov 152010

THE SUBURBAN, Nov. 10, 2010

There are many reasons for new moms to exercise regularly. Some women are motivated by the thought of getting back the body they had 10 months ago. Others start exercising to release serotonin, hopefully warding off the baby blues or postpartum depression. Whatever the motivation behind taking up a regular exercise routine after giving birth, there is no shortage of ways new moms can get their heart-rates going again.

Luckily, it’s not even necessary to hire a babysitter to get that workout in. A wide variety of programs in Montreal offer classes that allow new moms to exercise while spending time with baby. Some offer a more rigorous work-out while other programs allow new moms to socialize, and offer a time to bond with baby.

Little Burgundy resident Samantha Hull is a mother of two who has experience with just about every kind of mom and baby exercise available in the city. When her son, Stelio, was born, Hull tried out mom and baby yoga and baby swimming classes.

“Both were a great way to bond with the him,” she says. “But I didn’t get the workout I was looking for.” She said her son loved the swimming classes but she left him at home twice a week so she could get out and take her own Pilates classes.

When her daughter came along three years later, she decided to take her routine up a notch and opted for the Cardio-Stroller course. Part of Cardio Plein Air, which takes people of all ages and fitness levels to local parks to get their hearts pumping, Cardio-Stroller is an intense workout for women wishing to get back into shape after birth.

Hull explains that because the babies are with their mothers in strollers, there is no running, which would jostle the baby about. “You’re always walking, and there is lots of emphasis on squats and muscle training.”She started the program when her daughter Inès was three months old.

“Some women did it with sleds up on Mont Royal,” she says. Hull took her daughter to the classes twice a week. “We both looked forward to it,” she says. “There were some babies Inès was so happy to see. She was as close to making friends as a three-month-old could get.”

Hull found the program particularly helpful to boost her own energy. “Neither of my babies were sleepers,” she says. “I needed energy and being outside to exercise was so much better than being inside the gym.”

Hull loved her Cardio-Stroller trainer, Linda Comtois so much, she brought her over to the office once maternity leave was over. Twice a week Hull and a dozen of her coworkers spend their lunch hour doing their training with Comtois around the Lachine canal.

For yoga instructor Jayme Hernandez, exercising after giving birth might be more important for the mind and spirit and for the connection with baby, than for the body alone.

Hernandez teaches prenatal yoga, gives partner’s labour workshops, and is the founder of Mom and Baby Danceflo. Her program is a combination of yoga stretches and dance, allowing moms to let loose and rejuvenate.

“I feel there’s a lot of social pressure to lose our pregnancy bellies,” says Hernandez. “That can cause so much stress. It’s more important to feel good inside.” She explains that when we breathe and express ourselves through movement, this allows the mind and body to balance out. “This is more important than looking the way you did before.”

Mother of three-year-old Leaya, Hernandez knows what it’s like to be in the pattern of “go, go, go.” She says, “Taking care of a baby, especially in the first year, can be a 24/7 job. It becomes routine and we forget how to stay in the moment.”

Hernandez says it’s important to stop thinking about diapers and practice connecting to the breath. “It’s important for new moms to learn how to stay in the present,” she says. “Dancing is a way of doing that. When we dance, we release, let go and express ourselves.”

As any new mom knows, going for a night at a dance club usually isn’t much of a reality.