April's "Inside Look" feature is an amazing new service available to all pregnant mothers in Maricopa County, Arizona. It is offered by the midwife at Moxie Midwifery, Jennifer Hoperich. The circle meets in Tempe, conveniently located off the I-10 freeway and Warner Road. We have had the pleasure of experiencing Jennifer's amazing work in meditation. In a perfect world, every mama would be able to attend at least one of her Meditation for Mama circle sessions.
Tell me about the meditation circle - what's the intention? Who can attend?
The intention of the circle is to provide a safe and nourishing space for pregnant women to learn about and practice meditation as well as to deeply connect with their babies, themselves, and each other. All pregnant women are welcomed into the circle, regardless of when, how, where, or with whom they are birthing.
What are the benefits of meditation? How is it beneficial during pregnancy?
We know that any physical symptom or disease that stress causes or exacerbates can be alleviated by meditation. This includes high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, etc. Meditation assists with all of these, inducing better sleep, allowing for higher satisfaction with life in general, increasing patience and focus, and improving relationships with friends, family and coworkers. These benefits can certainly be appreciated and enjoyed in pregnancy.
In addition, it is my personal belief that babies who receive the benefits of the mamas meditating have a head start in life. When they have been bathed with “happy hormones” from the beginning that becomes a baby’s baseline, their “norm.” If this can continue into their birth process, all the better! As they learn and grow, and as they seek out a partner and an occupation, if they have safety, LOVE and harmony as their foundation, that is what they will seek out. The aim of Meditation for Mamas is not just peace and calm now. The aim, quite literally, is world peace, one human being at a time. Peace on Earth begins with birth. In addition to the health benefits mentioned, pregnant mamas getting together create community. And community is essential to a happy and healthy pregnancy and postpartum period.
The only contraindications would be for women who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness in which periods of sustained self-reflection could be harmful, such as Multiple Personality Disorder or Schizophrenia with active psychosis. Women of all abilities and mobilities are welcomed. Meditation can be done seated in a chair, on the floor, or even lying down.
What is your favorite aspect of this kind of group?
I love the permission in the space to just "be". And, I love seeing mamas taking the time to connect with their babies without any distractions.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining and has never done meditation before?
There is absolutely no experience necessary! We cover the basics of meditation, including relaxed breathing, at every class. Some participants meditate every day, while others only meditate during class. Pregnancy is the perfect time to start new healthy habits. It's often a time where mamas start eating more organic foods, exercising more regularly, and taking better care of themselves overall. Adding in a meditation routine during pregnancy not only benefits the woman and her baby, but also everyone else in her life... her other children, her spouse, coworkers, etc. And, we know that it typically takes 21 days to build a habit. So, once women are meditating regularly in pregnancy, they are much more likely to be successful in continuing the practice, after they give birth. And, children who witness their parents meditating are more likely to pick it up themselves. So, it's a win for the entire family!
When and Where do you meet? How much does it cost? What does a mama need to bring/wear to be comfortable?
We meet at Moxie Midwifery, 8400 S. Kyrene Rd. Ste. 120 Tempe, AZ 85284, every Monday at 6:30pm. The group is free, and participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle, a favorite pillow, and a blanket. And, all of those things are also provided, if they forget!
Meditation is a powerful de-stressing and balancing tool that is helpful to and accessible by all people, all walks of life, all demographics, all socio economic categories, and all religions. I am excited to share it with pregnant mamas in the Valley!
For more information about Moxie Meditation you can click the links below:
HERE IS A VLOG FROM LAST YEAR THAT I SHARED AFTER A MEDITATION SESSION WITH JENNIFER - SHE IS AMAZING!!
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