Surrender to the Journey

Women have been having babies naturally since the beginning of time. It is our privilege and honor to birth life. I feel it is our sacred duty to embrace this gift and fully feel the power of this incarnate gift. But in this busy modern world with fear-based media and not-enoughness, some of us have forgotten our innate power. What better time to remember that you are a powerful creator, than in that delivery room, where you really need to bring it?! 

Here are a few things I learned along my journey from maiden to mother. 

Seek Knowledge Not Education

When I found out we were pregnant, I was scared. Scared of the labor pain, scared of the unknown. I felt like there was so much to do and such little time. The first thing I did was ask Dr. Google. Before long I was completely overwhelmed and confused as to what to do next. 

Do you remember that Mark Twain quote: “Don’t let school get in the way of your education.” Well, my advice to you is, don’t let information overload get in the way of your intuition. 

Women have not been birthing babies from their heads. Why are we so often gathering more information from outside resources when deep down we know we are whole and complete and we’ve got this?

Birthing naturally is written in our DNA, not in a book.

Now, I’m all for being a life-long learner but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you have fear of the unknown and over-think things. The trick is to gather information and listen to what resonates with you—what feels right to you. And by feels right, I mean, literally it feels good in your body. You instinctually know.

Tap Into Your Power

It’s no coincidence that the womb resides in our power center. The Sacral Chakra is the energetic center for all our relationships. It’s where we develop an inward sense of self and an outward awareness of others. Dwelling in the same place, the Hara, in martial arts is known as the power center—connecting the upper body to the lower body. It’s no mystery why the belly button nestles in this center—the umbilical cord connects to this power. 

There is so much intrinsic knowledge in our body. And now with another one in there, you’ve never had a better opportunity to really embrace the power that creates worlds. 

Put it Into Practice

It’s one thing to conceptualize and understand what I’m talking about. It’s another thing to put it into practice and fully embody your inner power and trust your intuition. I came to know this with my practice of syncing breath to movement. 

Cultivate that trust in your intuition, you're going to need it as a mother. 

My yoga practice allowed me to trust in my innate strength and flexibility as well as surrender to the journey. When I stopped the chattering mind and held space for that internal journey of shedding the layers and remembering, I opened up. And that’s kind of what birth is, in all it’s majesty. It’s a rebirth of yourself. You’re transforming from a maiden to a mother.

I hope you find what that practice is for you. Hopefully, it involves being quiet in nature, taking pen to paper, listening to beautiful music, expressing through dance or all of the above. May you tap into that creativity, that happiness, that stillness. 

Much love & mamaste,

Kristen

The Time is Now!

I encourage you to look at your pregnancy as an opportunity to do the inner work now so when the birth day arrives you can show up as your best self. You might even surprise yourself when you see what you're really made of.

A Bulletproof® Birth?!

I know, it's quite the juxtaposition. 

I didn't originally set out to be a holistic pregnancy coach but by following the breadcrumbs and showing up as more of myself every day, here we are. And I'm so excited to bring my unique skill set to women who need support along their journey from maiden to mother.

Making a Better Baby

Rewind back to 2014 when I was pregnant and my amazing sister gave me The Better Baby Book by husband and wife Dave and Lana Asprey. The book is based on the emerging science of epigenetics, showing how you can change the way your genes are expressed by changing your environment. I totally nerded out on all their content and put the research to the test.

I started doing food journals to see how different foods affected my energy, mood, libido, etc. I increased my dietary fat intake and finally felt satiated and kicked the habit of getting "hangry" on the daily. I started learning more about neuroscience and deepened my knowledge of the body/mind connection.

Somewhere in there, it clicked for me and I went from yogini to biohacker. 

It's so liberating to know that cutting-edge genetic research supports that lifestyle changes are the biggest factors in health or disease, not genes. And not just for our own health but for the health of our offspring. It puts the power back in our hands. And I had a huge opportunity to show up with some serious primal power for my son's birth day

Why Bulletproof®?

The Bulletproof® lifestyle is all about upgrading your mind, body, and energy to live in a high performing state. I don't know about you, but I love feeling good and being happy. When I shift away from kryptonite (the things that make me weak) and toward things that make be perform better, everything just seems to align and my happiness and vitality scores soar.

Like I said, I started to nerd out on all this stuff and really found a passion for it. I love discovering the small things you can do to be better at everything. 

I know that a lot of small things can add up to something big

I'll never forget that feeling when something big came across my inbox. It was an invitation to take a deep dive in the first ever Bulletproof Coach Training Program!

I slept on it but it was a resounding "hell yes!" for me and I haven't looked back!

Over the 10 month program, I learned how to optimize human potential from every angle: resilience, emotional intelligence, energy, mental clarity, etc. We learned how to share this information with clients in a customized way by expanding our awareness and grounding in the present moment. This presence-based coaching method is powerful. It can't really be explained, it's something you have to experience for yourself. Much of what I learned in this training was congruent with what I learned in my yoga teachers training, just more practically applied.

Having put this material into action on myself I can undoubtedly say that it was the best money I've ever spent. I know I've grown so much over the last year and I'm ready to help others who are ready to step up to the plate and take some action.

Thrive Baby, Thrive!

You gotta focus on what you know. I know that I loved my pregnancy, birth experience, and I love being a mother. I worked hard to put my best foot forward in all the areas I could control and it paid off. Now I have the tools to help other women create empowering birth experiences instead of just getting through it. I don't think we were meant to just survive.

We are meant to thrive!

 

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Mamaste

Mamaste

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