Has your PMS intensified after your Pregnancy? Moon mapping your cycle. (for all We'moon at any stage)

All my bleeding ladies,

put your hands up!

You can be at any stage of your cycle, bleeding or not, hysterectomy, menopause or post menopause.

We all still have a womb space where our divine feminine nature lives.

And we all, and I believe Men too, have a deep connection with our celestial Mother, La Luna.

She beckons our attention, poise and awe.

As my three year old just told me, La Luna follows us.

She has been in my view all week, day and night.

Not for one moment will She allow me to forget about my sacred nature as a priestess of the moon,

her humbled disciple and sister.

I have a long, complicated and very intimate relationship with my moon cycle, as do most women.

The most recent chapter of my story with her, we’ll call her Rose, was one about my new role as a Mother.

My son is 3 now, but Rose and I are still hashing out the details.

As would be expected, growing a human in my womb, complicated our relationship, in a good way.

There are many ways to grow and shift your understanding of the womb and Rose, but a baby is sure fire.

My overall experience of life intensified.

During the week before my bleeding, and none of this uncommon, but I felt much less in control over my thoughts, feelings and actions.

I could logically understand it was my hormones and my body giving me information of how it wanted to be treated, but I was, and still am, not use to how drastic things can get. Especailly, if I do not take care.

To the point.

It became very obvious to me that things had changed from Maiden to Motherhood, in my inner and outer worlds on many levels.

The other thing that was apparent, was that every month, the change in Rose had it’s own flavor.

Some months I was a portal of fire.

Others, just a bit down and emotional.

Some, needed more rest.

And again, body aches.

There were moths, like this one, that were pretty even keeled, but my confidence was shot.

This is just a mood, not a 24 hour/7 days a week type of thing.

I am still functioning during these days.

As I became in more communion with the moon itself, I started realizing that the moon was a common denominator in the equation my ever changing relationship with Rose.

On to moon charting. There are many ways to do this. This year, I started using my lovely We’Moon spiral bound calendar, (thanks, Mom!), because the moon phases are already printed, there is plenty of room for writing and it’s just a beautiful ritual in sacred sisterhood.

The day I bleed is the first day, and I write 1-28 on each day proceeding.

From here, I can watch what phase of the moon my PMS cycle falls into.

I write in each day of my 28 days, how I am feeling physically, emotionally, spiritually and anything else that can inform how I plan my schedule.

After 3 or 4 months you will notice some patterns and can start to make a more specific chart of the moon phase during whatever time of your cycle seems most impacted. For example: Waxing first quarter moon, sensitive and sore breasts, days 21-28, generally speaking.

Maybe you don’t start new projects on these days, or take new client calls or have an intimacy meeting with your partner.

You also may not plan a trip or a dentist appointment.

Maybe during a point in your cycle you are usual ready to take on the world. No holding back.

These are the times when you want to book times for making offers or networking.

Even extended family time or travel.

Set your self up for success.

I have done it too many times, where I just need to do the bare minimum and rest.

I end up beating my self up for not getting everything off of my list.

However, if I plan ahead and know what kind of day it’s going to be based on Rose and I, I will plan accordingly.

I’m telling you, it helps a lot.

It takes a little bit of work, but if you do it every night before bed, it becomes a sacred ritual of checking in with your body, mind and heart.

As far as coaching goes, it works just like another emotion.

Recognize it, state it out loud, place it, allow it and watch it change.

No emotions or thoughts last forever.

They do change quicker with less resistance.

Accommodate your needs.

There’s room for you here and I can help you understand, on a deeper level, your own inner and outer workings through Mind Body Coaching.

Email me with a time to set up a phone call.

Luna Blessings. xo

How my movement practice and yoga has made me a more informed Mother

When I move my body in ways that encourage me to breathe deeper, my ability to respond to life’s blessings and challenges in the present moment becomes more available.  Breath awareness creates a tool for the mind to be in body time, which is always in present time.  When caring for a small child, the need to be present is of the utmost importance, not only for reasons of safety, but so you don’t miss a thing when it comes to the sweet curiosity and awe experienced as they explore their new world.  The ability to be present also creates for me, a greater ability to exhibit patience, and that is the essence of practice in my mind. Presence, leads to patience, is practice.   Infants do not yet have the words to communicate their needs to us. This forces us to listen deeper in different ways, with intuition, and also much of the time, requires us to breathe deeper, exhaling frustration and inhaling waves of unconditional love.  

My movement practices consists of long walks or hikes, high intensity interval training, and daily yoga, even if it is only for 2 minutes. You know what they say, a down dog a day! My son and I have created my once workout and meditation room, that is now his bedroom, into our sacred space.  I have put down play-mats to cover half of the room directly in front of where I place my yoga mat.  Since he was about three weeks old, he has watched me move in silly ways, listening to music, dancing and jumping.  During this time he also participates in his own exercising and movement, having a space for belly down time, now rolling and soon crawling.  We explore movement together as well.  I incorporate him into some of the yoga and exercise movements I do, as well as giving him massage and we often lay on the floor to read or play with toys in this space.  As long as his needs are met, this time creates contentment, exploration and laughter for both of us. Because this time gives me a sense of accomplishment, endorphins, and joy, it makes me a better Mother because I now have more energy, self-esteem and over all, more physical strength and flexibility to respond more efficiently to the ever changing activities it takes to care of my son.

I take great pride in my ability to get a movement practice in everyday and not have to leave the house or my baby. Don’t get me wrong, a yoga class at a studio with out interruption is awesome, but to have found a way to embrace my new life as a Mom and incorporate my movement practices into Emmet’s life, is a great sense of accomplishment.  We make sacrifices as care takers, but with ingenuity and compromise, I don’t believe we have to give up what makes us happy.  On the contrary, figuring out how to accomplish what fulfills us personally and leave the dishes for later, only benefits everyone. It is also a great influence and I know Emmet will become more curious about ways to move his body and hopefully it will become an important part in his life as he continues to grow.