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Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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Fertile Yoga Brings Hope to Those With Infertility Challenges

  
  
  

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Fertile Yoga starts again tomorrow. I hope that my students and fellow infertility travelers are looking forward to it as much as I am. Any of you who have ever taught or instructed anything knows the sense of satisfaction that comes from having done so. Give and receive.

Fertile Yoga is not the first class I have ever taught. I spent years teaching in the New York City school system, teaching art among other things. I loved that job, stressful as it was. Facilitating a student accessing their own learning style and watching them become able to learn something new was thrilling. Sitting in the classroom and seeing struggle after struggle and then watching children edge towards mastery, was, simply thrilling. Seeing that process unfold; watching their faces as material become clear and understandable, was similar to watching the sky clear after a rain storm.

Fertile Yoga is often like that. You all come into class and wear your emotional life on your faces. I see the gamut there, and as we talk, feelings move across, like clouds. Hope is a big one, you are holding onto that one. Even those of you who are feeling hopeless still show up, still are in treatment, still come to class, still have that tiny little bit, somewhere that this could work. There are lots of other feelings there too; fear, anger, frustration, sadness. Today’s focus is going to be on hope.

Hopelessness and hopefulness. Storm clouds passing, lightening and brightening the sky. The flash of the sun, still behind the infinite shades of grey, the movement and rush of one last downpour.

Our faces are invisible to us; we cannot see what those around see of us. I see in your faces all the infinite shades of grey in a cloud. You are not simply one feeling or another. You are the darkest feelings, the lightest, and everything in-between.

Allowing these feelings to roll through, allowing them to move past, allowing the sky, our faces to clear, and our hearts to become lighter.

Watching you in Savasana, final relaxation pose, a moment of peace, quiet. Faces clear and serene. Mind’s quiet. Body, heart and breath in repose.

Looking forward to seeing your beautiful faces tomorrow. Very much so.

Comments

Hi Lisa,  
 
I think I'm finally going to make it back to Yoga class tomorrow (sat 8/14)! Looking forward to it :-) 
 
~Adriana
Posted @ Friday, August 13, 2010 2:37 PM by Adriana
Hi Lisa, it was a pleasure meeting you today and attending my first yoga class. I really liked it and am looking forward to next week. I greatly appreciate your sensitivity. Thank you so much for everything you do!
Posted @ Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:25 PM by Kristen
Hi Adriana and Kristen, 
 
So glad that you both were able to attend class on Saturday. Without you, there would be no class! 
 
Good as well to hear the feedback as my intention is that the class serves you. Provides you with support, compassion, a place to release stress and tension. 
 
When I look at your faces after class, I wish I had before pictures. You all look so much calmer. 
 
Hope to see you next Saturday! 
 
Love, 
 
Lisa
Posted @ Monday, August 16, 2010 11:35 AM by Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa, I think I've ready this post about a hundred times already. It really strikes a chord with me and I find it very inspirational and comforting. Visualizing my feelings and frustrations as clouds moving across the sky has helped me tremendously during meditation and helps calm my heart and mind unlike anything else I've tried. Thank you for everything you do! (feel free to post publicly)
Posted @ Sunday, August 22, 2010 6:10 PM by Kristen
Hi Kristen, 
 
The clouds moving across the sky has always inspired me as well. Look at the storm that we had yesterday. Rain, clouds, sun peeking through, all of it fast and furious. All of it rolling through, not permanent.  
 
It is the visualization that I use in my personal practice. 
 
I was hesitant in sharing it; hearing that it means something to you makes me happy that I summoned up the courage to share something personal. 
 
Thank you for speaking up and sharing your personal feelings about it. 
 
This is how the world goes round. 
 
We find the courage to share. 
 
Hugs, 
 
Lisa 
 
Posted @ Monday, August 23, 2010 6:14 AM by Lisa Rosenthal
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