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Hello everyone!

I am excited to invite you to the 3rd annual Mama Summer Camp!

Mama Summer Camp is a 5 day (free!) online group program just for mothers to connect and savor the goodness of the summer season.  In our job of taking care of others, we need to carve out pockets of time to nurture ourselves as well.

For each of the 5 days, you will receive an email with the topic for the day.  Topics include:

  • practicing mindfulness
  • joyful nourishment
  • movement and play
  • answering the call to creativity
  • summer lore and storytelling

The emails will include videos from me, guest posts from some amazing women,journal/visioning/meditation prompts, and recipes. We will also be discussing ways to involve our kids and other family members (if you choose to do that) because sometimes it is easier to try new things that way!

In addition to the daily emails, we will have a (optional) private Facebook group which will serve as our “virtual campfire” where we can discuss the topic of the day and create a circle of support and creative inspiration.  Mama Summer Camp is for ALL moms…whether your babies are newborn or adults with kids of their own.

This year Mama Summer Camp will run from July 25th through July 29th.  A welcome email containing further details and the link for the Facebook group will go out to participants on July 22nd.

Please click below for the official link to subscribe, and invite your mama friends to join you!

http://madmimi.com/signups/208815/join

 

Looking forward to connecting with you in July!

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It’s that time of year again when the kids are getting ready for the freedom of summer vacation.  Do you remember that feeling?  The feeling of possibility, of fun, of time to rest and just BE?

 

To quote Tom Petty, “You belong among the wildflowers.”  Moms…this program is for you, for us.  Before I became a health coach I knew that one of the first things I wanted to do was create something just for mothers.  As moms we have so many roles to play, but during Mama Summer Camp, I want us to feel like our wildflower selves…the version of yourself that is full of possibility, full of vibrant growth and beauty.

 

Mama Summer Camp is a 10 day (free!) online group program just for mothers to try to recapture some of that feeling.  In our job of taking care of others, we need to carve out pockets of time to nurture ourselves as well.

For each of the 10 days, you will receive an email with the topic for the day.  Topics include:

  • practicing mindfulness
  • conscious nutrition
  • movement and play
  • answering the call to creativity
  • summer lore and storytelling

The emails will include videos from me, guest posts from some amazing women, journal/visioning/meditation prompts, and recipes. We will also be discussing ways to involve our kids and other family members (if you choose to do that) because sometimes it is easier to try new things that way!

In addition to the daily emails, we will have a (optional) private Facebook group which will serve as our “virtual campfire” where we can discuss the topic of the day and create a circle of support and creative inspiration.  Mama Summer Camp is for ALL moms…whether your babies are newborn or adults with kids of their own…

Please join us, and invite your mama friends! This program is free!  You will receive a welcome email on July 15th with further details and instructions for joining the Facebook group.  Sign up here: http://madmimi.com/signups/144824/join

I hope you will join us!

Hello!  I would like to gift a spot in my upcoming program, which begins in just one week on 2/23.  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me either what you savor most about winter or what you are looking forward to this spring.  Find out more about the program here: http://moonbirdwellness.com/?p=272

Comments will be closed on Thursday, February 19th at 12:00 noon EST.  A winner will be announced that evening!

So…how has the winter season been for you?  What are you looking forward to this spring?

 

Being Well

Greetings!

Please join me at the end of February to focus on renewal of healthy habits as we start to transition toward the spring season. Being Well: A Winter-to-Spring Guide to Wellness will run from February 23-March 19, 2015.

Whenever I work with a client one-on-one, I begin by evaluating where they are in four basic practices, or habits. In this group program, we will explore these four practices together.

For four weeks there will be an email on Monday and on Thursday. Monday’s email will introduce the practice of the week and the hows and whys and scientific background, and Thursday’s will contain a discussion on variations of the practice as well as a discussion of the energetic reasons for maintaining/sustaining it. These practices or habits especially come in handy when we begin to feel energy waning, or start to feel sick, as we all do from time to time.

The four practices we will discuss will be:
–Hydration
–Management of Blood Sugar
–Mindful Nutrition and the Role of Intuition
–Movement

I will be using a private Facebook group to send encouragement and ideas as well as group discussion.

 

The cost of this program is $15 USD. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, moonbirdwellness@gmail.com.


Click here to register.

I hope you will join us!

Today I’d like to share one of the prompts from my Enchanted October program, which just wrapped up last week on Halloween. Early November feels like a great time to take a moment and be still, yes?
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“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”
–Hermann Hesse

If there is one comfort I can count on, it is the wisdom of the trees. They hold the stories of years gone by, they go through cycles of barren and bloom. Whatever the question, we can look to the trees for the answer.

This time of year in Michigan it is such a delight to watch the changing of the leaves. I love waking up in the morning and laying in bed for a moment to watch the red, orange and gold leaves swaying in the wind. Toward the end of this month and the beginning of next the leaves start to rain down like the most beautiful confetti. My kids love making huge piles of leaves in the backyard and jumping into them.

Today I invite you to consider the sensory delights of this season as your meditation. Find a few minutes, a relatively quiet place, and sit comfortably. Looking around you or out a window, what do you see? Close your eyes, what do you hear? What aromas do you associate with autumn? What tastes? How does it feel to run your fingers over the vein of a fallen leaf? If you can do this outside, breathe in the season, inhaling gratitude for cycles of change…in nature, in life…and exhale peace, knowing that the wind carries the continuum of your story, OUR story.

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A few years ago I found myself experiencing the symptoms of adrenal stress…feeling exhausted during the day and tired-but-wired at night, unable to consume any caffeine at all without palpitations, catching every little cold that went around. I went to see my doctor, and after doing the requisite bloodwork and not finding anything that stood out, we determined that what I needed more than anything was more rest. Rest, not exactly sleep…meaning, I had to re-train myself to wind down at the end of the day, get to bed at a decent time, and make sure that I was getting my exercise in during the day so I wouldn’t be getting my heart pumping at night and getting a second wind of energy just before sleep. The hardest part for me, and I am embarrassed to admit this, was learning to turn off my iPad at night.
I am a book lover but in the years preceding this adrenal fatigue I realized I had been reading a lot of heavy, serious stuff. Wonderful novels, reference books, parenting books (SO many parenting books), memoirs…and I suddenly had the urge to just lighten up. I like to read before bed and now that I was abstaining from the iPad in the evenings I remembered how great it feels to hold an actual physical book! I thought back to the books I had read and loved that lightened my mental load rather than added to it, and decided that is how I was going to heal.
I am a big fan of the magical realism genre. I believe “Like Water For Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel was the first book of this type that I had read back in college, and I was hooked. I think quite often we burden ourselves with the to-do lists of everyday living, and I find that these kinds of books are the key to borrowing a bit of magic in order to dig in to that part of our subconscious that allows us to imagine, to have fun, to relax, and to remember our own magic.
I do believe that reading the types of books that allow us to get lost in their stories is one path to learning to relax and release stress and tension. Below is a list of some of my favorite magical realism books.

**Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
**Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman
**Blackbird House, by Alice Hoffman
**Chocolat, by Joanne Harris
**The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
**Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen
**Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen
**The Girl Who Chased the Moon, by Sarah Addison Allen
**The Wishing Thread, by Lisa Van Allen
**The Night Garden, by Lisa Van Allen

Please let me know if you have read or enjoyed any of these! Also, I would love to know what kind of reading or genre you prefer when you need to wind down. Do you prefer e-books or physical books?

**GIVEAWAY**
Since we are coming up on November and December which are often very busy months with the various holidays and celebrations, I would like to send someone a copy of Sarah Addison Allen’s book, Lost Lake. This is such a lovely story (not holiday-related) and would be a great way to reward yourself with a bit of self-care and relaxation during this busy time. To enter, please leave a comment answering either of the questions I asked above (what kind of books do you prefer when you need to relax? Do you prefer e-books or physical books?) between today (10/22) and 9 PM EST on Friday 10/24. All names who comment will be entered into a drawing to win the book, and the winner will be announced on Saturday 10/25. :)

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***update 9/24: And the winners are…Sherry Duquet and Krista Nieto! :)

In honor of the upcoming autumn equinox I am giving away 2 spots in my program, Enchanted October!

To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about autumn. Comments left until 1:00 AM EST Thursday 9/25 will be entered to win. The winners will be announced here and on my Facebook page on Thursday morning. You can find out more about Enchanted October here. I would love to have you along, we already have a lovely group forming!

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It’s that time of year again when the kids are getting ready for the freedom of summer vacation.  Do you remember that feeling?  The feeling of possibility, of fun, of time to rest and just BE?

 

Mama Summer Camp is a 10 day (free!) online group coaching program just for mothers to try to recapture some of that feeling.  In our job of taking care of others, we need to carve out pockets of time to nurture ourselves as well.

For each of the 10 days, you will receive an email with the topic for the day.  Topics include:

  • practicing mindfulness
  • conscious nutrition
  • creating a soul-satisfying movement practice
  • creativity
  • summer lore and storytelling

The emails will include videos from me, guest posts, journal/visioning/meditation prompts, and recipes.

In addition to the daily emails, we will have a (optional) private Facebook group which will serve as our “virtual campfire” where we can discuss the topic of the day and create a circle of support.

Please join us, and invite your mama friends!  You will receive a welcome email on July 20 with further details and instructions for joining the Facebook group.  Sign up here!

For the final interview in this series I am happy to introduce you to Misty Pittman, owner and founder of Moonshine Yoga in Kentucky. Misty tells us about creating a nurturing practice. Welcome Misty!

How did you first come to your movement practice?

My very first class was in college (about 15 years ago). It was in a dusty room in the rec center, with dim lighting and blankets (no yoga mats!). There were only a handful of us. I remember it being very relaxing and I loved that I could do it in my barefeet.

How long have you been practicing?

On and off for 15 years.

How do you integrate practice into everyday living?

For me, it’s all about asking myself what I need at that moment. If it’s a busy day and my back is achy, I take five breaths in a downward dog. If I look at it as exercise or something I have to do, then I tend not to do it. Integrating yoga into my life as a means of nurturing myself on a deeper level keeps me coming back to the mat again and again.

How has your practice affected you physically, emotionally, spiritually?

My practice is all about the breath. Poses that allow me to breathe freely and with ease. It’s through the poses that I create space in my body, which ultimately allows me to breathe with less tension. I carry that breathe into the rest of my life and that’s where the true the magic is. Breathing easily through each moment I am more connected, content, and joyful.

what is your favorite thing about teaching yoga?

Guiding students to find that sweet spot within their own practice. That moment when a students face relaxes in a difficult posture, because I know that they have given themselves permission to let go and move into a place of ease… that’s love for me.

What advice or suggestions do you have for folks who might be curious about trying a yoga class?

Give it time. Know that it’s not going to be easy. Smiling helps. Strength and stamina will come quickly with regular practice. Be patient with yourself. Try different styles and teachers until you find one that feels like a YES to you. Forget about striving for perfection and instead strive for happiness. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Less is always more. And DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE!
Namaste.

Misty Pittman is owner and founder of MoonShine Yoga, based in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She also writes about living a life that is filled with self-care, magic, and bliss, guiding women to create the same in their own lives. She has a weakness for warm breezes and bubbly wine. Meet her at Bumble and Bliss.

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