Those first 6 weeks of Joshi’s life?  They were the hardest.   I don’t think I’ll ever forget the incredible sleep deprivation of those weeks. I was sooooooooooooo tired.   I’m not sure what was disappearing faster – my stash of prana or the very thin line between night and day.   I spent the time breastfeeding Joshi, burping Joshi, passing out, waking up, breastfeeding Joshi while passed out, burping Joshi, toilet-training Joshi (yes, we...

You never know what kind of baby you’re going to get. And no matter how much baby-wearing may appeal to you, it may not appeal to your baby. I know of mums who’ve gone out and bought heaps of baby wraps and slings while they’ve been pregnant, only to find that they have to sell or pass them on once their baby is born. Unlucky. Fortunately for me, Joshua loves being worn and almost every time he is, he falls asleep. Loving it. Unfortunately for me my back isn’t...

Anyone who’s had a child will know that one of the biggest challenges can be trying to work out why they’re crying and then what to do with them when they are. The guessing game can feel so tireless. And as with anything, there seem to be many different approaches as to how to deal with it. My least preferred approach is “controlled crying.” The thought of actively leaving my baby to cry feels inherently wrong to me. I figure that my baby needs me most,...

For ten years now I’ve been doing yoga, meditation and the sudarshan kriya breathing almost every day.   Although it’s required discipline at times, for the most part it’s been pretty easy for me to be regular with my practice because I just love it so much. I love the way I feel when I’ve done it. I love the huge amount of extra energy it brings me.  And I really, really love the way it affects my mind.  In a nutshell, I love when my prana’s high...

Why Did I Want A Home Birth? One day my friend Korin emailed me a link to a video of a woman having a natural birth at home.  It was so incredibly moving. I cried when I watched it. I sent the same link to Simon, who later confessed to being teary too.  Watching it and being with the love that emanated through this woman’s birth was so inspiring.  The possibility of it for me was really pulling at my heart strings.  But before I became pregnant and decided on...

I used to believe that becoming a mother was something I just wasn’t going to experience in this lifetime. In fact for many years I’d been almost entirely closed to the idea.  I was quite happy teaching the Art of Living Courses and felt that I could make a difference to more people and be more useful on this planet sharing these incredible breathing techniques rather than raising a kid.  Afterall the sudarsan kriya had had such a hugely positive impact on...

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