“A grand adventure is about to begin.”
Winnie the Pooh
“A grand adventure is about to begin.”
Winnie the Pooh
“Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes.”
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
I got this sweet note from a reader while I was pregnant with the Twins:
I am amazed at how you have stayed the amazing Super-mom while being pregnant with your twins; it is possible for anyone right? Can you please write about this?”
First of all, I’ve always marveled at how EASY pregnancy is—when someone ELSE is pregnant.
LOL, but it’s true.
A student of mine is now 22 weeks pregnant and I swear, she just told me she was pregnant yesterday.
It’s flown by so fast!
But when it’s you who’s carrying that little baby(s), it can be a long road, especially if you have nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, varicose veins, insomnia and any of the other difficult side effects that can accompany the miracle of creating life.
I personally get this weird “itchy” thing at night. My upper arms itch so intensely that I scratch in my sleep till my arms bleed. I googled it and read that a lot of people get this in relation to the seasons and hormones. Literally the only thing that helps—the ONLY thing—is ice packs. So while pregnant, I sleep with ice packs on my upper arms. Or I don’t sleep at all.
I also get this super-uncomfortable/awful “chill” thing. Only my mother-in-law and sister-in-law seem to understand this one (no midwife I’ve asked has ever heard of it), and maybe they’re just trying to make me feel better (LOL), but it goes like this. When I get in bed to go to sleep, I get this subtle but painful “chill” going through my body about ever 15 seconds. EVERY FIFTEEEN SECONDS! Try sleeping with that happenin. It ain’t gonna happen, Sister. And it’s so incredibly uncomfortable to boot.
But you know what? It’s all worth it. So worth it that I did it five times.
How to continue on while so many symptoms (and emotions—helllooooowwww hormones) are pervading your being?
It’s all about the power of the focus of your mind.
This is your yoga.
Where are you focusing your mind?
Where are you looking?
What’s your drishti? (A Sanskrit word that means “gaze or point of focus”)
Because Girl, if you’re walking down “I feel sorry for myself street,” it’s gonna be a loooonnnnng 10 months.
So what I learned, slowly but surely, through many months of many pregnancies, is to focus on the good. Moment to moment.
And to continue to “live.”
To take the necessary precautions for safety (no skydiving my Sisters!), but to continue to be “you.”
To remember who you are.
Throughout the pregnancy.
And to remember what it’s all for.
I remember when I was pregnant with Madison (now 13), and feeling so sick, so nauseous, throwing up 20 times a day, and almost nightly lying down on the floor and just sobbing from the overall discomfort of it all.
Then my husband’s assistant gave us a little white onesie set. This was super early on Supermoms, at like 7 weeks pregnant.
I stopped in my tracks, looked at that little white onesie set, and said to myself “Oh, yeah, THIS is why I feel this way. I’m going to have a little baby.”
I gazed at that white onesie set as often as I could, remembering what it was all for.
So that was my yoga, during my 5 pregnancies, remembering who I am and remembering what I was doing—the most miraculous thing on the planet: creating life.
“By far the most common craving of pregnant women is not to be pregnant.”
“Soul-mates are people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect but are always perfect for you.”
“Thoughts fueled with love cannot miss their mark.”
“In my life there is an infinite supply of love, it is in exhastable, I can never use all of it in this lifetime so I don’t have to be sparing with it!”
“The greatest gift that you could ever give to another is your own happiness, for when you are in a state of joy, happiness, or appreciation, you are fully connected to the Stream of pure, positive Source Energy that is truly who you are. And when you are in that state of connection, anything or anyone that you are holding as your object of attention benefits from your attention.”
“Your mind is a powerful magnet that will attract to you the things you identify yourself with.”
Super-mom Kim Cherelli
WOW!! Supermom of the month. I was shocked to say the least when Taylor mentioned she wanted me to be her super mom of the month. Me? I never thought there was anything super about me. I’m as average as average is, nonetheless I was and am honored to be thought of.
I met Taylor a year ago during Teacher Training at Prana Power Yoga. I was instantly drawn to her energy and knew I was in the right place. I didn’t know why I decided to become a yoga instructor nor did I know what I was getting into. You see prior to signing up for the 8 week teacher training I think I practiced yoga about a dozen times. I woke up one day and said “ I think I’d like to be a yoga instructor” I proceeded to ask my yoga instructor at BSC how one goes about becoming an instructor. She told me about Prana and here I am a whole year later. I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for other than the fact I was looking for “something” the something that yoga instructors have. I’m learning every day and I’m a work in progress but this is a journey and I am excited to see where it takes me. The teacher training was an emotional and beautiful experience. As quickly as the thought popped into my head to become a yoga instructor the same happened for my understanding why. I’m understanding I am where I am suppose to be right now at this moment. Stress is not as prevalent as before and I’m understanding people a bit better.
So, a lil about me. I’m a single mom of one 18 year old son. I don’t consider myself any different than the next mother. I never found raising a child difficult because it came naturally to me. . I raised him simply the way I wanted to be treated. I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant and afraid to tell my mother. I knew what she would say or better yet the look or her face would tell me how disappointed she was. Most people know my situation and how my son was the result of an abusive relationship, however I wouldn’t have change a thing. I had to go through that for my son to be born. If I didn’t then he wouldn’t have been born and I can’t imagine my life without him. People congratulate me for being a single mom my son does too but I don’t think I deserve any special credit. Putting aside all my heartache and struggles in my life, it’s nothing compared to what some are going through. I do count my blessings and I feel blessed to have been given this gift of motherhood. There are those who want children and can’t I am so very thankful and I can’t say it enough…..It’s truly a blessing.
“where you are at this moment is where you are suppose to be”
Sending love and light to all