MOMS BODYSHOP™ Self Care for New Moms
A three-class-series for new moms (without baby) from 6 weeks to 2+ years postpartum.
This class provides a safe space for new mamas (without baby) to begin to explore movement and strengthening in a body that might still feel a little foreign.
Bring your fatigue, stretch marks, baby weight, bruised bodies, and breast pumps! Let's move, breathe, laugh, and cry it out.
Take time out for you and leave energized and hopeful for the journey ahead.
What to expect
A safe space for new moms to practice self care and get present with their needs as a woman. We explore our bodies and gently uncover weakness to slowly begin the healing process. We build strength, establish simple self care rituals, and committ to loving all the new mushy parts.
“Keya was an amazing doula–brought so much comfort, emotional support and education to my first birth. Couldn’t recommend her more.”
“Your presence was so calming, amazing and helpful. I am so grateful you were there during a very intense, very long labor. You were so encouraging and supportive, but also absolutely able to go with the flow when I made my decisions. I felt like I was constantly supported even when after the 40th hour (!) the labor involved medical intervention. You made me feel confident and in charge of the process, when I could see how easily it could have felt chaotic and out of my control. I am hoping to have you in my life again for future support!”
“I first met Keya at prenatal yoga class. Keya’s class became a place I felt special as an expectant mom by being surrounded by other pregnant women with Keya helping us find our breath and our strength. I loved Keya’s calming presence and loving spirit. After one of her classes she offered a two session birthing prep class for couples. I signed up. The class was great and made us want Keya’s support even more. I began to realize and visualize what a doula was and I knew that while I wanted to give birth in a hospital and was open to an epidural and intervention, I also knew having a calming, encouraging presence like Keya would help my birth experience and boy was I right! I’m glad I trusted my initial instinct because pregnancy is so unknown and you wonder if you will end up with a c-section. But I learned that you have to trust your instincts and your body. Thanks to a wonderful doctor, nurse and Keya I was able to have a birth experience I am proud of. I did get to the hospital only 1 cm dilated so there was some tension, stress and anxiety and five options to get my labor started. But once it was started and once Keya arrived her energy changed the mood in the room and my husband and I were able to trust we would see our daughter soon and I feel I was able to get her out much quicker thanks to this confidence. Everything Keya did was a warm and welcoming pleasant surprise that relaxed me and allowed me to labor easily. I could tell even the baby was moving and understanding and trusting.
I am filled with gratitude to Keya for supporting me and my husband and my baby girl through her delivery. I would not hesitate to recommend her, Keya Nkonoki is worth her weight in gold.”
“I could not have gotten through labor without Keya nor would I want to even imagine her not there with me! She got to my house at the perfect time and helped me start to dance my baby out. Her coping tools and labor navigation not to mention overall warmth and nurturing nature was exactly what I needed. Consider yourself lucky to have such a beautiful soul at your birth”
“Thanks to Keya Merah Nkonoki, I have a healthy, happy yoga baby. Now that my son Sage is two years old, his favorite thing right now is going into down-dog (using his head with booty straight up in the air) and arching into backbends with glee! During my 2nd and 3rd trimesters, I took prenatal yoga with Keya after work throughout my pregnancy. I loved how she always brought a different spiritual message to each class, but the same rock centered energy. She even brought us gratitude rocks at one class, and I still have mine that says “free”… As luck (or the universe) would have it, I got to have Keya at my side, helping me with yoga stretches and breathing, all throughout three long days of my Labor! She was assisting my doula. Everyone in my family was so impressed by Keya’s grounded energy and sweet light she brought into our home and my birth process. She let me squeeze her hand, lean into her with each surge (contraction), do lunges in our courtyard – whatever it took to keep things moving and flowing… My beautiful, healthy son Sage and I are eternally grateful. It was a blessing for me to be able to gift Keya with a private Sacred Infant Massage session in her home when her son Jai 3 was just two weeks old. Namaste…”
“From the moment Keya arrived at my door for our introductory meeting, I knew I wanted her with me and my husband as part of our childbirth journey. She has an incredible energy and personality that are warm and engaging. Her prenatal yoga classes were the best yoga classes I’d ever experienced–not just “good for prenatal yoga”, but best yoga classes, period. She knows her stuff and is a wonderful teacher and guide. During the labor, she was a true gift. She gave gentle, yet confident suggestions that helped my labor progress and helped manage the pain; she anticipated my needs and gave me just what I needed exactly when I needed it (shout out to the TENS unit!!); she respected my desires and my energy, flowing with my ever-changing moods; she stepped up and stepped back when needed, to allow my mother and husband to have a role; she celebrated me and my beautiful little bugaboo when the labor was over… In a word, she was magical. I truly could not have had such a beautiful and successful birth experience were it not for her.”
“I took prenatal yoga with Keya and had her help me after the birth of my baby as a postpartum doula. Keya is a fantastic yoga teacher and is always sharing tips/movements/poses to help during labor. I used a lot of what she talked about during my labor. Keya is also a wonderful postpartum doula. It was great to have her help. I don’t know how I would have made it through those first few weeks without it!”
“We Loved the PLAYSHOP! It was a perfect balance between practical theory and fun. We have been to another labor class which we didn’t enjoy very much – it felt outdated and out of touch. Your class was really informative about the stages of labor, exactly what happens and useful tips on how to cope. You gave really helpful advice and guidance to partners in a way that was inclusive and showed just how important and influential that support role is. We also both really enjoyed all the great massage and comfort tips – especially the one with the rebozo sheet. I’m very lucky to have a supportive and engaged husband. The other labor class we attended treated the partners like they were clueless and a bit useless. It didn’t speak to how we are as a couple. We walked away from your class feeling even more connected and like a strong team.”
This was such a contrast to what my experience would have been had I stayed within that stressful environment.
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