The perinatal (pre & postnatal) time often surprises us with unexpected and unwanted symptoms.
Anxiety, irritability, depression, panic attacks, numbness, fatigue, lack of interest in the baby, intrusive thoughts, obsessive behaviors, insomnia, and even post-traumatic stress disorder can become our reality even if life was “normal” before baby.
15-20% of women experience anxiety or depression during pregnancy or during the year following childbirth. (PSI)
Postpartum depression is the most under-diagnosed obstetric complication in the U.S. (Earls, 2010)
9% will experience postpartum PTSD and 3% will experience postpartum OCD. (PSI)
While some women will experience true perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, many women will experience mild mood changes after having a baby that still affect their quality of life. And perinatal mood and anxiety disorders do not discriminate! Dads and partners are not immune to feeling depressed or anxious after the birth of a child!
If you have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder or if you're simply tired of feeling like you just cannot get it together I want you to know that I see you. I hear you. And I understand. I know what it's like to feel completely overwhelmed and moody and at the same time ashamed because there is just so much to be grateful for.
It Doesn't Have to Be This Way
Fortunately, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are temporary and treatable.
From talk therapy to naturopathic care to pharmaceutical medication, there are different options that work for different people. Often a multi-faceted approach is most effective.
Parents and practitioners alike are beginning to recognize the value of yoga, meditation, and deep breathing as complementary care for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
There's a certain type of yoga, meditation, and breathing that is quick, direct, and targeted.
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation stands out from the many schools of yoga and meditation because the effects can be felt in as little as three minutes. This makes the practice very attractive to busy people with a lot going on, we like to call them "householders." Parents thrive with a regular practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.
Introducing Peace for Postpartum
My online yoga and meditation course, Peace for Postpartum, is a culmination of a decade of experience sharing Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with new parents as well as my own experience using Kundalini Yoga & Meditation to keep me sane as a mother of three. It's a user-friendly way for new parents to experience the benefits of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation with carefully chosen yoga sets and meditations that honor postpartum bodies and address the many challenges that the postpartum mind may face.
Peace for Postpartum is an easy-to-navigate online course experience designed to bring more calm, patience, gratitude, focus, clarity, and joy to your life. Specific meditations are presented and taught to overcome common postpartum challenges such as anxiety, rage, depression, insomnia, and guilt.