Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites: OM FOR THE MOM (Mothers Day Giveaway!)

For my 32nd birthday my husband Ryan gave me an amazing book that I just can't put down. I continue to use it for daily mantras, to reference for a yoga class I'm teaching, or to share with a mom in need! Ryan could see that I felt lost after having Leo, taking on this new role as a mother all while trying not to lose myself in the process. He couldn't have found a more perfect book to help me create a formula that works for me on my journey. I love this book so much I have to share it with you!

OM for the Mom, written by local Chicago Yogi Vanessa Palmer takes you on a magical journey on the little OM PILL of life- riding love, passion, inner peace @ abundance!

It's an easy ready that breaks down into three main "Sutras". A sutra means a thread or line that holds things together, its the formula, the rule to go by. 

Sutra 1: Mind, Body, Spirit 

This section is all about the soul, manifestation, love, yoga, meditation, gratitude, prayer, soul cleansing, soul reflection, life's simple moments and more! Its just so juicy and you will keep coming back for more in the first sutra.

Sutra 2: The Devine Feminine

Here we dive into the gentle warrior spirit, intuition, building spiritual relationships, becoming a mother, the pause we take when becoming a mother and living the slow life, patience and peace, leading by example, and a ton of beautiful mantras and meditations.

Sutra 3: Dreams & Passion

This is so important because as women, we still need to feed our own personal dreams and passions. " Keep company of people who are going to inspire and lift you higher". The importance of building a tribe and community and life path lessons to learn from are all covered in this portion of the book

The book provides the ingredients to create your own formula for life and answers questions like: 

How do I live a happy and fulfilled life? Find my purpose, passion and path in life? Manage all of life's responsibilities? Improve my relationships? Balance work, motherhood, and myself to live a more holistic lifestyle? What are the most important things to teach my children? How can I start living from the inside out and attract more of what I want out of life?

I have partnered up with Vanessa and I am giving away a signed copy of OM for the Mom to one lucky gal! ( You don't have to be a mom and can totally benefit from all this book has to offer even if you aren't a mom, its a souls journey to love and freedom.)

To enter the Mothers Day Giveaway:

  • Visit my Instagram Page: @altruisticyogini
  • "Like" the OM for the Mom post
  • Tag a friend for an extra entry (Tag as many friends as you would like!)
  • Answer this question on the post: What is your formula for self-care? Your personal OM Formula?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mommy and Me workshop

Next month I am partnering up with Yoga Six Lincoln Park to teach a mommy and me yoga workshop!

Mommy and Me Yoga is a great way to reconnect with your body while enjoying time with your little one and a community of other like-minded moms! Mamas benefit from total body strengthening postures while little ones benefit from infant yoga and baby massage.

In this workshop you will:
- Move through postures that incorporate you and your baby
- Strengthen your core, improve your posture and build confidence
- Learn relaxing, breathing techniques for on and off the mat 
- Review infant massage techniques to help calm and soothe baby 

Ideal for babies 6 weeks to crawling. Please bring a baby blanket for your little one. 

Space is limited | Reserve your spot ahead of time HERE!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Muted Disposition

Miscarriage. Muted Disposition. Silent Loss. No Heart Beat. 

I never thought it could happen to me, I have already had one healthy pregnancy and a wonderful baby boy. I am active and I enjoy eating healthy and indulging in ice cream once in a while (or a lot) who's to judge right?

I never in a million years thought I would experience a loss, but what I have learned is that so many women experience loss and there is this underlying current of silence that occurs. We question ourselves and our bodies ability to bare a child. The mind is so powerful, and we have the power to create something so beautiful -or- something so dark and lonely. 

I cried to my husband and my light was so dim, I said some horrible things about myself. "My body can't even carry a baby, I failed".  My husband kindly reminded me, "No your body is so amazing and intelligent that it was able to recognize that something was not right, it knew not to continue with this pregnancy."

He was right, I am fearfully and wonderfully made and my body is strong and equipped for anything that presents itself. Miscarriages happen,  and if it has happened to you, its important to realize you are not alone and the chances of having a future healthy pregnancy are very good. 

Moving forward from this can't be easy but I want to share how I am choosing to move forward and shine my light,

  1. Talking about it: Sharing my story not only with my close friends and family but with my community and network. Sharing my loss, my feelings, my fears, and my future.
  2. Grieving: Honoring the beautiful soul I had the opportunity to carry for 11 weeks and know I have an extra angel looking out for me
  3. Keeping up with my fitness: My body is a vessel and I will continue to keep it strong and healthy. Running, Yoga, Pilates and Barre are a few of my favorite was to stay fit.
  4. Nutrition: Although I may lose my pregnancy cravings for spicy foods, I will still enjoy my morning avocado doused in hot sauce and hemp seeds. I will continue to make my morning smoothies and protein shakes (yay for baby booster which is perfect for moms trying to conceive too!) and because I believe everything in moderation... I will enjoy a doughnut or some ice cream here or there.
Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to me, to everyone who has been inspired by breaking the silence and sharing their experience with me. 

To those who have experienced a loss, you are not alone!  Feel free to share your story, chime in, or shine your light. You are loved and there is a BIG plan in store for you.

My Story:
On March 2nd I took my first pregnancy test and it came back with 2 stripes! I took one again on the 3rd, and 4th, and then confirmed with my GYN on March 9th. YES, I was expecting #2. I went in for my first appointment with my midwife on March 28th (8 weeks pregnant) We Identified my EDD as 11/10/2016. With a little uncertainty  of this date, we decided to book an ultrasound for my 9 week appointment. 

At the ultrasound we got to see the baby and the flickering heartbeat. The size of the baby was measuring at 7 weeks, not 9. I took this as truth and then went about my week. One night  something just didn't make sense.. the dates just didn't add up, the baby couldn't have been conceived then. So I contacted my midwife and she suggested that I come in for another ultrasound to see the babies growth and measure the EDD. 

On April 18th we went in for an 11 week (or 9 week) ultrasound and there was no flicker of light.... no heartbeat. There had been no growth or change in size for 2 weeks.

I am scheduled to have my D&C tomorrow and sharing this story has helped in the healing process.

Thank you for allowing me to share

Love and Light,

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Calling all Mother Earth Yogis!

Kicking off May Day (May 1st) and celebrating Mother's Day and Mother Earth with a yoga! Mar challenge! Mark your calendars and screenshot this flyer for the #MotherEarthYogis YogaChallenge May 1st-8th!

Celebrate Earth Day and Mother's Day with us in this 8 day challenge for all moms, moms to be, and mother nature lovers. Join us as we practice gratitude for our Mother Earth by exploring a wide range of nature asanas. Our journey together will culminate on Mother's Day!

To be eligible to win our amazing prizes:
1. Repost this flyer and tag with a few friends to join in and share the fun!
2. Follow all hosts and sponsors
3. Post for each pose of the day (which will be posted the night before by @meddyteddy and one of the other hosts) 
4. Be sure to include the challenge hashtag and all host and sponsor handles in each post
5. Be creative and have fun!


Sponsors and their prizes for 8 lucky challenge winners: 
@meddyteddy ➡ a meddy teddy!
@the_blissful_momma ➡ custom made tank!
@re3life ➡ $50 gift card!
@lovekikikins ➡ matching mommy and mini leggings!
@baobeimaternity ➡ $75 shop credit!
@lvrfashion ➡ $50 gift card!
@mamabearskincare ➡ organic skin care!
@plexusyogawheel ➡ a yoga wheel!

#yogatogether #yogamom #yogamama #yogamomma #motherearth #mothersday2016 #happymothersday #earthday #earthlover #mothernature #yogalove #yogafun #yogamoms #yogafamily #yogafam #fitmomsofig #yogamother @igyogachallenges #yogawithkids #outsideyoga #outdooryoga #yogaoutside #yogaoutdoors #igyogafamily #naturelove 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Morning Boost

We love making smoothies in our house! They are a perfect option for breakfast on the go or brining along to a workout.

I have been searching for a protein powder that is safe and recommended for pregnant and breast feeding moms. A product that has no soy, no gluten, no preservatives, and no artificial sweeteners. 

It's recommended pregnant and nursing women take a minimum of 25g of protein a day. And I love to supplement this extra protein with a shake or smoothie each day.

Well Baby Booster provides extra energy plus the protein I need to keep my body strong and functional! 

Today I made myself a peanut butter cup smoothie!

So simple:

2 Tablespoons of Organic Peanut Butter
1/2 Frozen Banana
8 oz Coconut Milk 
1 Scoop Kona Mocha Baby Booster 

Garnished with a girl scout cookie (everything in moderation right?!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Baby-wearing Yoga

Multi-tasking is crucial when it comes to being a mom right?! Having to plan my class sequence to wanting to connect with Leo Baby-wearing is my go to solution. My Mountain Buggy juno carrier is so awesome because there are several ways that I can wear Leo (front, front forward facing and on my back). When I wear him on the front i get to connect through a hands through connection pouch, providing a natural and connected carry. Perfect for supporting him while I do squats!

So much love for this carrier and can't wait to start up the Baby Wearing yoga series this summer! Keep an eye out for the schedule and details!

Friday, March 25, 2016

My Promise to you...

Last year I made a promise to Leo to be an inspiration through fitness and my health. Bringing him along to yoga classes, teaching mommy and me yoga, committing to workouts, and even pursued my Pilates certification!

This year as I look back on that commitment and how well I have done to keep that promise, I wanted to make another promise to Leo.  

A few of our family CORE VALUES are life experiences and adventure... It's the pulse in all we do and I have made this promise to Leo: 

I promise to inspire a life of adventure through exploring and through life experiences! 

I do my best to keep that promise to Leo and will forever encourage seeing what the world has to offer! I got him a book to serve as a reminder to that promise, and I even got the cutest pillow to add to his room as a constant reminder to find the adventure in all we do!

With that being said pampers has been our go to diaper for our adventures and experiences along the way! Pampers premium are perfect for Leo's (or any baby for that matter) sensitive skin and provide 5 star skin care .


What is your promise? #pampers @pampersus @walmart