EXPERT AUTHORS: Yoga instructor and creator of the Yoga for Parenting workshops, Alison Rogers, and co-author Erin White have a combined 5 kids and over 20 years of “good enough” mothering experience.
HOT TOPIC: While advances in medical technology have greatly improved maternal and infant outcomes for most, contemporary women experience post-partum anxiety and depression at alarming rates. Unlike women of their mothers’ and grandmothers’ generations, the majority of today’s mothers are raising their children without the logistical and emotional support of their extended families. Using yoga and breathwork, the authors encourage new moms to see themselves as “good enough” and to feel more confident, competent, and relaxed.
EASY AND PRACTICAL: New moms don’t have time for a perfect hour-long yoga class—with or without the baby. The easy one-minute yoga poses encourage a home practice for new or experienced yogis and build to a 12-minute sequence with chapters and ideas that match the first year of a baby’s life and the key aspects of a yoga class.
“If you’ve just given birth—for the first time or the eighth time—you can exhale now. Breathing Space for New Mothers is exactly what you need as you stumble into this messy, chaotic, beautiful, sleepless, joyful, and confusing time called motherhood. No judgments, no hard-and-fast prescriptions. Just compassionate wisdom and practical suggestions on how to truly care for yourself.”
—LINDA SPARROWE, author of Yoga Mama and Yoga At Home
“This is a wonderful gift to any new mother. When we cultivate inner warmth, kindness, and health it not only helps us as mothers, but also helps everyone around us, including the new life we bring into the world. This book will help you care for your body with gentle yoga poses, and to relate to yourself with more wisdom and compassion so that your experience of motherhood is as fulfilling as possible.”
—DR. KRISTIN NEFF, author of Self-Compassion and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook
“Breathing Space for New Mothers is not just a parenting guide, it’s a life guide. It is about cultivating a quality of being that allows us access to our deepest wisdom and intuition as mothers.”
—HALA KHOURI, MA, cofounder and director, with Seane Corn and Susan Sterling, of Off the Mat Into the World and creator of the Radiant Pregnancy yoga video program
“I’m so grateful to have mindfulness resources like Breathing Space for New Mothers to recommend to my patients. As a reproductive psychiatrist, I’malways looking for ways to support women in their body-mind emotions and remind us all about the healing power of breath.”
—ALEXANDRA SACKS, MD, reproductive psychiatrist and author of What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood
“Breathing Space for New Mothers offers new mothers a mental shift—one that creates more room to trust ourselves, look after ourselves, and be ourselves even as we settle into this new role. It’s a slowing down for our racing minds and our wild expectations, and it is truly a gift.”
—KJ DELL’ANTONIA, author of How to Be a Happier Parent and former editor of the New York Times “Motherlode” blog
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