The good news is that if you're going to have to be stranded someplace for four extra days, you should definitely do so in a place where you have good friends and the weather is beautiful. (It is gorgeous in San Francisco, sunny and warm!)
The bad news is that Fertile Yoga is cancelled for Saturday, January 29, as well as our first class of Pre-Natal Yoga.
I've been asked a few times about getting substitute teachers for Fertile Yoga. I'm never asked by Fertile Yoga students though. They understand. They want to be taught by someone who understands more closely what they are experiencing, someone who has experienced infertility. My Fertile Yoga students are very close to my heart and I would prefer to cancel class than have a substitute teacher who inadvertently causes distress. My apologies for having to cancel, I would prefer to be there with you.
Fertile Yoga is a place where safety comes first. Safety around the physical means that the poses are chosen and the sequences are designed for men and women in treatment. That is different than a fertility yoga program designed to enhance fertility. When you are in treatment, often medications are used to stimulate hormones, often our bodies are asked to do more than they might normally do. Often we feel more vulnerable and perhaps more apprehensive about physical movement when we are in treatment. Sequences are designed with this in mind as well as understanding that we are looking to enhance treatment, not have movement that may feel threatening.
Fertile Yoga also needs to be safe emotionally. Language is important. What is said and offered is affirmative and full of healing words and images. What is encouraged is allowing judgment and self criticism to flow away, replacing them with more healing, forgiving, and compassionate thoughts and feelings. I consider carefully what I say and what I don’t say. The mind body connection is powerful and needs to be gently encouraged to be as healthy as possible.
Speaking of which, we will be postponing the first in the following series, due to snow, snow and more snow! New dates are posted below. These workshops are for Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT patients only.
A 3-Session Workshop for Women, Men and Couples
(RMACT patients only)
Thursday evenings February 3rd, February 10th and March 3rd from 6:00 – 7:30 PM Facilitated by Lisa W. Tuttle, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
It is well known that the mind and body are intricately connected, and that stress dramatically affects physical well-being, including fertility. Infertility is one of the most stressful experiences that many individuals will ever face. It can be life changing to learn about the mind-body connection and the ways of coping with the many layers of stress that is caused by infertility, as well as the stress we all find in our everyday lives.
This 3-part workshop will teach the basics of mind-body theories, providing you with first-hand experience of several stress-reducing techniques, as well as providing a compassionate, supportive environment in which to develop new ways of coping with infertility. You will gain insight to the habits and coping mechanisms that you are currently relying on that may be exacerbating your stress, find new, healthier coping strategies and develop new friendships with other men and women who are truly able to understand the unique stress of infertility. These workshops are designed to enhance and work with any medical treatments offered at RMACT.
All sessions will take place at RMA of Connecticut’s Norwalk office:
10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT, rear entrance
For further information about this workshop, please speak with Dr. Tuttle at (203) 852-9099, or your RMACT physician or nurse. There is no charge for this workshop for RMACT patients.