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Easing Pregnancy Discomfort: Yogi Moms and Instructors Share Techniques In New Book

October 5, 2023

Pregnancy and childbirth have lasting Physical, Emotional and Spiritual impacts. Yoga, and its many tools, can offer powerful support in navigating this full-spectrum transformation, according to Yogi moms and Instructors Alexandra DeSiato and Lauren Sacks. They offer guidance that eases not just the Physical discomforts of pregnancy but also the existential ones in their aptly titled new book, Whole Mama Yoga.

“Many moms balance boundless love and boredom, overwhelming joy and moments of isolation, self-confidence and self-doubt,” DeSiato said. “Yoga provides an opportunity to practice the much needed body love and self-connection many parents need.”

Accessible to those new to Yoga, experienced practitioners and Yoga teachers alike, Whole Mama Yoga offers tools for the entire journey of parenthood. It is for those just thinking about beginning a family, those in the early stages of pregnancy, those getting close to labor and delivery, and for moms navigating an entirely different world. This is a book to reference as children grow, change and become little (and big) people.

“Alexandra and Lauren are gifted teachers—I know this from working alongside them over 20 years, during which both of them became mothers. In this compassionate, friendly book, they guide you toward greater connection with yourself, your child, and your community. This connection is Yoga. Best of all, Whole Mama Yoga meets you where you are—no Yoga experience needed—and points you toward practices and philosophy that will help you feel held and nurtured even as you work to hold and nurture your child. Whole Mama Yoga is an invaluable guide for every state of the journey, from preconception through parenting. It will make the perfect gift for your friends and family as they embark on the road to parenthood.” — Sage Rountree, PhD, E-RYT 500, Co-Owner of Carrboro Yoga Company, Author of Everyday Yoga.

On their inspiration for the book, Sacks said, “We are both fierce advocates for increased empowerment during pregnancy, in labor and throughout parenthood. Yoga offers a deeply intuitive way to connect to the wisdom inherent in our own body and experience. That powerful connection is what we hope to share through the sequences, philosophy and stories in Whole Mama Yoga.”

With Yoga poses at the core of the text, DeSiato and Sacks offer helpful information in movement offerings that meet all moms where they are. Each chapter shares the wisdom of Yoga through sections including:

MOVE: Poses and sequences for each part of the parenting journey
REFLECT: Grounding meditations and mantras
BREATHE: Helpful breathing techniques and pranayama practices
WISDOM: Yoga philosophy and lessons from perinatal and maternal wellness, Mental Health, Ayurveda, Physical Therapy and sleep experts as they apply to motherhood and parenthood
RELATE: A chance to hear from other moms and parents who have also used Yoga poses and philosophy along their journeys

About The Authors

Alexandra DeSiato and Lauren Sacks Co-Founded the Whole Mama Yoga collective, offering Yoga classes to support fertility, pregnancy, and the postpartum and motherhood experiences. DeSiato, an expert in prenatal and postpartum Yoga, Co-Authored Lifelong Yoga and Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter. Sacks is a perinatal and hatha Yoga Instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience and lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.

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