The Spring 2019 Immersion is for expectant mothers due in March, April and May 2019, who want to honor the wonder of pregnancy and prepare for the sacred passage into motherhood.
No matter where you are in your pregnancy, chances are you're intuitively drawn to taking especially good care of yourself, and you've probably already made some changes that are helping you enjoy your pregnancy. You want have your baby in a healthy way, maybe even a natural childbirth, though you might not be sure yet. Whether it's your first time or you're an experienced mom, each pregnancy is different, and you may feel some nervousness.
For sure, you have hopes that everything is going to go smoothly. You want as much ease in pregnancy as possible, and you want to feel calm, strong and confident mentally and physically about giving birth. And naturally, you want to feel connected to your partner.
Aiming for perfect is not fulfilling.
But in your quest to have the "perfect" pregnancy and birth, Google has become your doctor/best friend/ support group, and you're left feeling unfulfilled. Then, there are the birth stories you've heard, all of which you hope are the exact opposite of how yours will unfold.
You're starting to doubt if you can actually do this birthing and motherhood thing, and you haven't found a reliable means of getting out of your downward-spiraling dread.
Finally, there's the beloved partner who is still wonderful--but why does he or she seem so disinterested and uninvolved? YOU get the significance of bearing a child and all the responsibility it's going to bring. Why do you have to carry that weight for the two of you?
The secret to an empowered pregnancy and birth --
one where your hopes and dreams for your birth and life with baby are heard, one where your fears are safely supported, and one where you have the calm confidence to allow spirit to carry you the rest of the way
-- is to first allow yourself some space to breathe and listen.
You'll get immediate access to the in-depth, 9-week online course "Empowered Birth & Postpartum Recovery". This is a significant part of your experience.
We will meet for a 1-hour welcome session on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the evening in the Cranford/Westfield, NJ area.
We will meet once a month in March, April and May and June for a 1.5 hour rejuvenating yoga practice and intimate discussion in the Cranford/Westfield, NJ area. Exact dates to be determined by the group.
We will connect virtually once a month on a group video call for discussion, Q&A, coaching support, and even some meditation from your comfy couch.
You will have access to a private Facebook Group in order to stay connected to each other in between sessions. Some special guest speakers will also be invited to share insights and answers to your questions on Facebook Lives.
Most likely, you will have your baby during one of the months of the immersion, and you will still be "in the circle". The group's support of you will remain constant, and as every mother has her baby, the focus of our monthly practices and virtual sessions will evolve toward your postpartum care and repair.
In addition to flowing through rejuvenating prenatal yoga practices and even getting in some essential partner stretches and massages you can take home to your partner, we'll be exploring important topics that will get you thinking. You are invited to come with your questions, your concerns, your fears and uncertainties.
During the immersion you'll gather valuable information and tools for living a healthy pregnancy and designing your intended birth experience in a way that feels true to you and your deepest desires.
In addition to having time to simply slow down and nurture yourself, you will learn and experience:
What "conscious pregnancy" and "conscious birth" are, and how you can use these concepts to take an active role in improving your birth outcome and postpartum wellness, and also to keep your connection to your partner flourishing.
Eight essential yoga-based practices you can do at home to stay energetic and grounded through pregnancy, so you can feel good no matter how hectic your life gets before the baby arrives.
Why love is physiologically and emotionally the most important quality you can "plug in" to that will help you birth your baby--including recorded meditations for increasing loving-kindness and compassionate self-care and more.
Develop your own conscious birth plan, and learn how to effectively share it with your doctor and birth team so your intentions are honored.
The seven best natural birth labor coping techniques to help you (and your partner) stay calm during labor so you don't have to get medication unnecessarily.
How to plan for speedy postpartum recovery--a holistic "what to expect" and what you can do in advance to prepare for a smooth transition.
And these are just the tangible takeaways I hope you'll get. You'll have to just experience the rest to see what benefits you reap as a result of taking this precious time to nurture yourself in community with other expectant mamas.
You only have the chance to give birth a few times, or maybe only once, in your life.
You may not feel this way now, but when you look back on this period, the memories will be there.
Memories of your pregnancy and birth experience are potent.
Memories of how you felt, how you spent your time, who was around you, what they said, what you thought about, how you navigated this very sacred, exciting and sometimes overwhelming phase of your life.
Just like your wedding day or your biggest birthday celebration. You want pregnancy and birth to be memorable in a GOOD way!
You deserve the best birth possible for you.
You deserve a birth that reflects your personal desires and leaves you feeling intensely satisfied with your experience.
Sure, there are a lot of things we have no control over when it comes to birth, but when you are empowered before and during of your birth, it's a matter of how you feel and show up in each moment as it unfolds.
You're calling the shots, voicing your truth and making decisions from a place that's rooted in joy, empowerment and desire rather than fear, victimization.
You can do this, and this immersion is going to support you along the way!
Join me and an intimate group of mothers who are at the same stage of pregnancy as you.
Tune in and move to the rhythm from within.
Shed your fears.
Cultivate calm confidence for birth.
Celebrate your passage into motherhood with a sacred circle of support.
One 1:1 Virtual Mentorship Session
Over the course of the immersion, you'll will have the opportunity for a private session by phone/video conference with Nicole for private consultation on anything you would like to focus on. You can use it for yoga practice, meditation guidance, answers to your questions, discussion about any aspect of your pregnancy, birth plan or postpartum plan, or even for support after the birth of your baby.
One Physical Therapist Screening Private Session
You will have the opportunity to meet either in-person or virtually with a Devoted Mamas partner PT who specializes in prenatal/postnatal physical therapy. Discuss your personal physical challenges and get guidance on your course of action for staying strong.
"The Complete Guide to Getting Back To Exercise Postpartum" eBook, Journal and Daily Tracker
This gorgeous 125-page eBook will provide you with the important and easy steps you need to take in the early weeks after baby is born and before you get back into exercise. It includes valuable prompts for reflection and a beautiful daily tracker to encourage and inspire you daily.
Nicole is a mom of two and an experienced yoga teacher and coach to women who want to feel vibrant and strong through pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. Guided by her lifelong passions for movement, mindfulness and personal growth, Nicole delivers transformative programs that address the whole woman—mental, physical, emotional and spiritual—to help release stress and anxiety, ease the aches and pains of pregnancy and postpartum, and cultivate strength and confidence for birth and motherhood. Presenting the teachings of Yoga, Meditation, Nutrition, and Ayurvedic Self-care through her creative lens, she guides her students to deeper levels of awareness, appreciation, ease and love so they can restore their energy and strength sustainably. Nicole works with women in groups and privately in New Jersey and around the world. She is also the author of multiple online yoga, birth preparation and wellness programs she developed to support mothers worldwide. Growing from a deep personal practice of yoga since 1998, Nicole completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Alan Finger and Chrissy Carter at Yoga Works NYC in 2007. She completed her advanced Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification with the Prenatal Yoga Center NYC in 2012 and studied in 2017 with Dr. Sarah Ellis Duvall, PT, DPT, CPT, CNC for her training as a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. She also trained as a health coach with Live Well International and has completed extensive complimentary education in meditation, Ayurveda, postpartum Ayurveda, chakras and the energy body, and yoga for traumatic brain injury through the Love Your Brain foundation.
“Regardless of what comes for me in my birth, after this experience, I have complete certainty in my preparation and my ability to birth successfully, peacefully and even with a sense of ecstasy. If you are seeking an empowered birth process, a calm inner state and a reconnection to trust in our own powerful ability to positively birth our children, I recommend you start this course now!”Crystal
“Thank you for your guidance, the program, and giving me some context to go further with my practice--I do feel the course study, the yoga and chakra practices, the many park walks and meditation, the additional readings were really essential to give me the confidence and optimism to try my best. -- Marinela”Marinela
“In my experience, most expecting mothers don't really prepare for birth because either they don't think it is necessary or they don't have time. However, this course has taught me the importance of how to prioritize yourself and take the time to truly turn inwards during pregnancy, birth and post-partum. I highly recommend it!”Shona
“I just wanted to let you know that if it wasn't for your course and support I don't know if I would have switched doctors despite feeling uncomfortable with my first doctor. Your support really made me take initiative and not accept the lack of attention from the doctor's office. Also the yoga breathing definitely got me through the contractions and visualizing the delivery over and over again.”Michelle
“There are very few people in life who can inspire us and I am proud to say that I had you as my friend/mentor and my yoga guru during the most difficult phase of my life. Many, many thanks.”Sushma
“Nicole, thank you so much for everything you do for mothers and mothers-to-be. You have taught us all so much you empower us with your education. I've used so much of your advice...I asked the right questions which helped me make decisions that I was comfortable with. I learned so much more with my second pregnancy than my first and that's because I had your guidance. Thank you for all you do for us mothers!”Ruzanna