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Deb Flashenberg on Becoming Alive: Being Seen, Heard, Understood & Supported During the Birthing Process

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For all expectant women, for partners, friends, families and co-workers of expectant women, and for those who will be expecting in the future, you need to listen to Debra Flashenberg and Susan’s conversation on birthing. Debra founded and runs the Prenatal Yoga Center on the core belief that “we need to empower women to take an active role in their birth so they can emerge feeling heard, seen, understood and supported.” The common fears surrounding childbirth range from being out of control and vulnerable to - Is my baby going to be okay? Am I doing this birthing thing right? The antidote to allay the myriad fears surrounding childbirth is getting evidence based information from accredited hospitals and centers like Debra’s. With this information you now have a solid foundation and can begin to build the right team (your “birth posse”) for the birth you want - so when the time comes you can have a birth experience where you trust your own body and have confidence in your health care provider and birthing partners to give you the nurturing and support you need.


Meet This Episode's Guest

 
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Find out more about the Prental Yoga Center on their website

and find Deb's blog here

Deb Flashenberg

CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500, RPYT & Director of the Prenatal Yoga Center 

Deb is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater. She has spent most of her life performing and was introduced to yoga through a choreographer in 1997. After several years as a yoga student, she decided to continue her education and became certified as a Bikram Yoga instructor. In 2001 Deb headed out to Seattle to study with renowned prenatal yoga teacher Colette Crawford, R.N., at the Seattle Holistic Center. Deb has received certification for Vinyasa Yoga from Shiva Rea as well as completed the OM Yoga advanced teacher training with Cyndi Lee in 2004. Deb has also studied the Maternal Fitness Method with Julie Tupler. Deb currently studies with Cyndi Lee, Genevieve Kapular, and Carrie Owerko.

After being witness to several “typical” hospital births, Deb felt it was important to move beyond the yoga room and be present in the birthing room. In 2003, Debattended her first birth as a DONA certified labor support doula. In that short period of time, Deb has attended about 100 births. She is continuously in awe of the beauty and brilliance of birth.

In 2006, Deb received her certification as a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator. In September of 2007, Deb completed a Midwife Assistant Program with Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt and many of the other Farm Midwives at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee.

 

Deb is a regular contributor to New York Family Magazine and Mommybites as Birth and Prenatal Yoga Expert and has been published in the book, Doulas (chapter 7!) Midwifery Today, Doula International, The Lamaze International Blog, Birthing With Confidence among many others.  In April 2016, Deb had the honor of being a presenter at the Yoga Journal Live New York Conference.

 

Deb’s most recent undertaking is her podcast, Yoga| Birth | Babies.  Deb has had the incredible pleasure speaking with and learning from some of the birth business’s most influential and respected speakers, Deborah Pascalli-Bonero, Dr Sarah Buckley and Farm Midwife, Deborah Flowers.


Drawing on her experience as a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula, childbirth educator and mother, Deb looks to establish a safe, effective and empowering class for pregnancy and beyond. Deb is the proud (and tired!) mother of her son Shay and daughter Sage.

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Anneke Lucas & Liberation Prison Yoga: A Spiritual Revolution

Thirty years after escaping from a child sex trafficking network in Belgium -  Anneke Lucas has arrived triumphant and whole, compassionate and hopeful. Her voice is brave and honest as she speaks about her years trapped in the dark underbelly of the world’s power society, the lethal residue of shame and guilt, the techniques the body and mind take on to survive. Her long healing journey has delivered her into a place of action and a clear-eyed, hard won understanding of the tied lineage between abusers and abused. To give herself “a purpose in dark times” Anneke created Liberation Prison Yoga - a program that takes trained teachers of trauma-conscious yoga, meditation and mindfulness into prisons, altering the form of the class to create a safe setting that encourages mind/body/heart integration. “Our work is to remain humble, to share from the heart, we are not there to fix people,” Anneke says, adding “When I was in the network I always wanted somebody to come in and give me hope ~ I wished that someone from the outside would have come in and said ~ ‘I know where you are, I know it’s hard, but here’s hope ~ because I’ve been there and I’m out.’” This is her clarion call; through her story and her actions she is giving hope to others, and in response hearts are opening with sweet love and genuine gratitude. A spiritual revolution indeed.


Meet This Episode's Guest

 
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Photo credit: www.annekelucas.com

Anneke Lucas

“If you’re a survivor, I just want to acknowledge that you are a pioneer, brave beyond words, and I would like to encourage you to recognize this and be extremely kind to yourself, because you are walking this path not just for you today, but for the future of humanity.”
— Anneke Lucas

Anneke Lucas founded Liberation Prison Yoga in 2014. As a survivor of child sex trafficking and extreme violence, she used elements of her own healing journey to develop programs based on how she would have wished to be treated in her young adult life. A close analysis of those people who were able to get through to her when she was shut down by trauma forms the cornerstone of LPY’s philosophy – for Liberation teachers to become those people; aware and unconditionally present for their students.


Anneke is an advocate for sex trafficking survivors and also speaks on the subject. She is writing a book about her healing journey, Seeds Beneath the Snow: Post Traumatic Growth and Purpose in Dark Times represented by Sam Hiyate at The Rights Factory.

Read more about Anneke's story on her website and learn more about Liberation Prison Yoga here!
 


Anneke was sold into a murderous paedophile network in Belgium when she was only six years old. She was being abused and tortured to serving as a sex slave to European elite. In her talk she openly speaks about her healing journey, what is tried to be highly covered and promotes the awareness of this often-unseen topic.

The Breakfast Bowl Diaries with Sofia Elizadle Duran

Mindful Living in Spirit & Action

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Sofia Elizalde Duran is on a spiritual journey. She has been forging a path fueled by a need to discover “who I am - what makes me be happy, feel at ease, calm and at peace with myself.” Arising out of an awareness of an extreme disconnect between her body and mind, she was pushed to take up this fundamental question and then explore the means and ways she could re-connect, re-make herself. Yoga is at the core of her journey. In the beginning it helped her get into her body and face her fears - “how true were the monsters in my head?” - then it grew into a daily practice that now underpins her entire physical and spiritual life. Acting fires up her curiosity and creativity, at the same time leading her to understand human conflicts and therefore herself. She is a teacher who struggles to be an example of what she believes.  “My faith is in goodness, in truth, in kindness. Everything is connected. Our actions matter so much.” Listen in to hear how she has built her spiritual life and to hear about the delicious breakfast bowl that begins her day!


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Check out Sofia's Blog:

www.ando-como-hormiguita.blogspot.com

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~ William Shakespeare
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”.

Sofia Elizalde Duran

Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, I am the average middle-class Chilena, who was fortunate enough to attend the one and only international school in Santiago, because my mother is a history teacher of that school. There, I fostered a deep passion for the English language and Theater. My upbringing, surrounded by international students (classmates & teachers), really allowed me to become the curious being that I am.  I am the eternal inquirer. I ask questions, I research, I explore, I experience. In retrospect, I believe that this is what drove me (has driven me) to the path of theater arts, dance, and yoga.

I attended theater school here in Chile.  It was not easy, it was not necessarily pleasant. I felt I was an alien: I was not Chilean, I was not American. I was a foreigner in my own country, I was (and will be) a foreigner wherever I went (go). I’m a third culture kid, woman. A breath of air came to my life when I was granted a scholarship to go to a Shakespeare Program in Oxford while I was on my third year of theater study. This made me want to come back, get my degree in Acting, and leave Chile.

I spent 3 years in New York City, getting a masters degree in Acting thanks to a full scholarship granted by the Chilean government.  Transformational years: the beginning of finding myself, the birth to new ground-breaking friendships, genesis to the heart of my life with yoga.

In a very curious way, life has thrown me some interesting curve balls-- I, who never in a million years thought I’d be coming back to Chile, now live in Chile. I, who once swore would never be a teacher, have become a teacher. I, who graduated from The International School Nido de Águilas happily thinking I was soaring to freedom, now teach theater and dance in this school.

Life is not work.  My biography does not begin and end with my doings, my accomplishments, and/or my whereabouts. I am a 33 year old woman who believes in beauty, who strives for light and health. I am a woman who has faith in kindness, compassion, and love.


Sofia's Breakfast Bowl

Sofia was kind enough to share the recipe for her breakfast bowl with us! She says it’s important to know that there is no "correct" way of constructing the bowl, and this is just a template of what you can begin try - and maybe later expand.  She recommends exploring with tastes, textures, and colors!

Ingredients:

  • Pineapple (2 big slices-- include the core!)
  • Cucumber (½)
  • Celery (2 sticks)
  • Kale (1 cup, chopped)
  • Chia seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Flax seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Sesame seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Activated Almonds  (To activate: soak almonds over night soaking in fresh purified water. In the morning, rinse before adding to meal).
  • Walnuts
  • Organic Raisins
  • Fresh Turmeric
  • Fresh Ginger
 
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Instructions:

  1. Chop the pineapple, cucumber, and celery in squares. Top with kale.

  2. Sprinkle with chia, flax, and sesame seeds.  

  3. Add almonds and walnuts.

  4. Sprinkle raisins.

  5. Grind (if you have fresh) turmeric and ginger. If not, organic turmeric and ginger powder works!

 

Enjoy!

Consider Yourself Beloved with Carrie Owerko

Holding Space for Whatever is Happening

Carrie Owerko talks about Iyengar Yoga ~ as a Senior teacher and as a practitioner. For her, Iyengar Yoga is a joyful yoga, an awareness practice which takes us through the body door, giving us a framework to let go and experience deeper connections, encouraging us to be curious! “Give your body affectionate attention,” she says. “Imagine your body as someone you’re walking through life with, holding hands.” Carrie comes to Iyengar yoga from a background in improvisational theatre where she learned that Play. Is. Key. Making practice into play helps us surrender to ‘not knowing,’ explore ways to relax with uncertainty, discover what we can learn when things go wrong. Hers is a practice of loving kindness, helping us hold space for whatever is happening, while continuing to stay engaged. The very definition of ‘being present.’ Her teaching is built on the blocks of Friendliness ~ Compassion ~ Joy ~ and the ability to not look away.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Carrie Owerko

"In the course of our brief life most of us will experience the mystery of love, the pain of loss, and myriads of other things, both beautiful and terrible. We will experience these things as individuals and as a collective. Knowing that we have each other in which to share these experiences—and that we are all in a somewhat similar predicament—is more than comforting. It is an amazing opportunity not only for connection, but also for communion." ~ Carrie Owerko, September 2016

Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential and continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous and in-depth studies with her yoga teacher, Patricia Walden. Over the years she has performed in and co-choreographed many yoga demonstrations, including Live: Light on Life, presented at City Center in NYC during BKS Iyengar's Light on Life US National Book Tour in 2005.

Before studying yoga, Carrie earned a BFA in Dance and Theater, and graduated from the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse Theater School in NYC. Carrie then spent several years working for a Movement/Educational/Experimental Theater Company called The Irondale Ensemble Project. In addition to performing with Irondale she taught in the Alternative High Schools in NYC and at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. After Irondale, Carrie continued her inquiry and became a Movement Analyst (CMA) having completed her studies at The Laban Institute in NYC. She has spent years enthusiastically exploring human movement with the intention of helping people develop clearer, more fully embodied communication and expression.

Visit Carrie's website: http://www.carrieowerko.com/