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Take ownership of your pregnancy, birth, and parenthood! Join Deb Flashenberg as she dives into conversations with some of the world’s leading yoga, pregnancy, birth, and baby experts. Deb and her guests are voices of calm and reason, sharing practical, relevant and insightful information that is helpful for people at all stages of parenting. These lively conversations will inform and entertain you as you embark on this new phase in your life. Deb is the founder and director of the Prenatal ...
 
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In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies we dive into the topics I love most, yoga, birth and babies! Renowned yoga teacher, podcast host and yoga business strategist, Mado Hesselink shares her journey from her early 20s having her first child and to her late 30’s when having her second child. Mado also discusses how she balances being a yoga pract…
 
Owning a yoga business is not for the faint of heart. In this episode, Mado breaks down 6 steps that will help you be more organized and successful than 99% of yoga teachers out there. If you’re thinking about launching your own yoga business, or want to make sure your foundations are in place, this episode will be your roadmap to confidence. Episo…
 
Gestating, birthing, and parenting another human is one of the most profound yoga practices to be experienced. Listen to this in-depth conversation with Prenatal Yoga Center founder and director, Deb Flashenberg about yoga during pregnancy, birth, and parenting from both the personal and professional perspective. Rest assured, if a pregnant student…
 
Why do so many mothers suffer from mom guilt, martyr-mode, and perfectionism? In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with board-certified psychiatrist and founder of Gemma ((the first digital education platform dedicated exclusively to women's mental health) Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, MD, about the pressure many mothers feel to fulfill unrealis…
 
Sophia has a vision to share the benefits of yoga with people who have experienced gender-based or domestic violence, but she feels stuck with how to talk about it and include/attract the right people. In this on-air coaching session, Mado helps her navigate some important choices and encourages her to start imperfectly. Episode Highlights: How to …
 
Did you know there are 90,000 chemicals that we are surrounded by, on a daily basis, that may impact your health, pregnancy and baby? Many of these chemicals are commonly used in beauty products, house cleaning items, and even the clothes we wear. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with board certified rheumatologist, integrative medicin…
 
Transform and transcend the “broke yoga teacher” narrative by taking a closer look at some of the common misunderstandings yoga teachers have about yoga, money, and being of service. Episode Highlights: The real reason yoga teachers struggle with money The number one mistake yoga teachers make when it comes to their money The relationship between m…
 
When Catalina reached out to share her birth story, I was struck by the powerful words she used to describe her birth, “I was able to make empowered decisions without shame.” Immediately, I knew there was a story to explore and wanted her as a guest on the podcast. With no time wasted, Catalina responded that as a woman of color and in a same-sex r…
 
Is your Facebook group feeling stagnant with little or no engagement from your members? Listen to this on-air coaching call to learn about optimizing and leveraging Facebook groups for your yoga business while providing incredible value for your students at the same time. Episode Highlights: Tips for naming your Facebook group Getting clear on your…
 
How much time have you put into learning about a cesarean birth? What are factors that play a role in having a cesarean birth or way to decrease the chances of a cesarean birth? With the national average for cesarean rates hovers around 30%, time spent on understanding cesareans births may serve to be very valuable. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Ba…
 
Zorayda Cocchi was at her wits end. When she switched to online teaching for Covid, her class numbers were so variable that she felt like giving up. Listen to this episode to hear the boundaries she set with her students and the phenomenal win/win results. We also discuss recommendations for growing her yoga business and attracting new students. Ep…
 
Birth in many respects is an ordeal for your body and mind. How much thought have you put into the healing process hours and days after your baby? Often times, once the baby is introduced into the world and family, the birthing person’s needs fall by the side as the focus shifts to caring for this new life. In this episode of Yoga| Birth|Babies, we…
 
Learn tips and strategies to help you choose a clear and compelling name for your yoga offerings. These techniques can be used for your weekly drop-in yoga classes, workshops, and even your online offerings. Episode Highlights: 5 tips for naming your offering you can use right away The pros and cons of super clever names How to utilize keywords and…
 
The transition into pregnancy, birth, and postpartum often comes with a steep learning curve. Many people come out the other side of parenthood saying, Why did nobody tell me this? That sentiment was the inspiration for the book, WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THIS?: THE DOULAS’ HONEST GUIDE FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I sp…
 
Learn the three stages most yoga teachers move through while developing their teaching skills. Identify which stage you’re currently in and get recommendations for what to focus on during each phase. Episode Highlights: What defines yoga teaching mastery The 3 universal stages yoga teachers go through on their journey to mastery How to know what ph…
 
Did you know, the psoas major (there are two of them, one on each side of your spine and pelvis) are the only muscles that connect your spine to your legs? These important muscles play a major role in your posture, nervous system, and even how your baby cascades into your pelvis. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, we take a deep dive into ta…
 
Collaborating with other yoga teachers can be inspiring and fun - but it can also be a big disaster. Get a behind the scenes look at what makes a collaboration successful, when you should partner with someone on a project, and how to choose the right person to collaborate with. Episode Highlights: A discussion of imposter syndrome, comparison, and …
 
It’s no surprise that with the amount of responsibilities and pressure mothers endure day after day that emotions may rise to the level of rage. However, a raging outburst can often leave a parent (particularly a mom) feeling remorseful, shameful, and guilt-ridden. In this episode of Yoga| Birth | Babies, I speak with writer and speaker, Minna Dubi…
 
Expand your definition of self-care and learn how understanding cue’s from our body plays an important role in creating sustainable self-care habits. Episode Highlights: What it means to practice intuitive self care Examples of the different ways self care can look for different people The importance of making self care more accessible What “commun…
 
Studies have shown that hearing positive birth stories can increase one’s confidence in their own upcoming birth. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with new mother, Jenn Gross. Jenn shares her fast, primal and confident birth story. She talks about how she prepared for her birth and how she was able to find such deep confidence in her b…
 
Learn how to plan your yoga classes and workshops around a theme using a basic framework that you can adapt and make your own. Episode Highlights: How lesson plans are helpful for new teachers Narrowing down your topic and simplifying the language The basic structure of a balanced yoga sequence The five parts to creating a lesson plan for yoga clas…
 
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Cheri Grant, also known world wide as the “Peanut Ball Lady”. Cheri explains how peanut balls are incorporated into labor and how they can positively effect labor. She goes into detail about how the different positions of a peanut ball can open the pelvis to help with fetal positioning, leading…
 
Investigate some of the common myths and misconceptions people have about anatomy and yoga. Episode Highlights: The myth of alignment and what is actually normal or average Benefits and limitations of alignment-based yoga Why doing a posture correctly according to formulas is not safe for everyone The myth of safety and the fragility of the human b…
 
In this episode of Yoga| Birth|Babies, I speak with board-certified OB-GYN and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Marta Perez on what we know about the science of COVID, it’s effect on pregnancy and fetal and neonatal risks. Dr. Perez helps demystify some of the data and clarifies the effects of COVID on the different systems in …
 
Learn what it means to create equitable spaces for Black, indigenous, people of color in the yoga community and how to help people who are underrepresented in the yoga space feel safe and welcome in your classes. Episode Highlights: How the 8 Limbs of Yoga relate to practicing racial equity How white yoga teachers can make their classes more welcom…
 
As parents, we aim to raise our children to be good people. Inclusive, respectful people that help move humanity forward. To do this, we have to have open, honest and sometimes difficult conversations about issues that our country and society faces. Simply stating “Do onto others as you would have them do onto you” is not enough. In this episode of…
 
Rachel Cook, MBA joins Mado to talk about different business models and income streams for yoga teachers. Listen as they define what leveraged, passive, and scaled income streams are and what it looks like to put them into action. Episode Highlights: When and why you would want to look at different income streams The definitions of leveraged, passi…
 
Birthing people sometimes feel like they are going into a hospital setting needing to have their guard up to defend their birth preferences against the enemy- the medical institution. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with former hospital and now home birth midwife, Chloë Lubell about how to create a respectful, collaborative and balanc…
 
In this on-air coaching call, Mado and Kelly explore business models for online memberships, a new take on email marketing strategy, and different ways she can support her online and in-person yoga business. Episode Highlights: How to use a podcast to increase visibility and guide people to your other offerings Business models for online membership…
 
Sigh…exhaustion! As a parent, who isn’t exhausted at times? What parent struggles with not losing their cool with their kids at some point? How do parents let go of the facade of control they think that have over their kids? In this episode of Yoga| Birth|Babies, I speak with Clinical Psychologist and Parenting Specialist, Rachel Bailey. She gives …
 
What does the law have to do with self-worth? Listen for a unique perspective on the purpose of the law and why yoga teachers need to understand the legal landscape around their vocation. Stay tuned to the end for information on how to win a signed copy of Cory’s book, The Yoga Law Book. Episode Highlights: The biggest misunderstanding yoga teacher…
 
If you knew there was a way to successfully lower cesarean rates and create a family-centered birth, would you be interested in learning more about it? In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with Dr. Neel Shah. Dr. Shah is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and…
 
Explore the nuanced topic of cultural appropriation in this week’s podcast episode. Learn what it is, how to identify it, how it relates to yoga, and how we can use this information to ease the suffering and harm it can cause. Episode Highlights: Defining cultural appropriation from both direct personal experience and a research/writing perspective…
 
I have yet to meet a parent who hasn't struggled through a child’s tantrum or other challenging moments. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we knew exactly what to do to manage or even avoid tantrums? In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with the co-founders of Big Little Feelings, child therapist, Deena Margolin LMFT and parent coach, Kristin Gall…
 
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