Friday, March 20, 2015

Whole Beginnings

And now for our next Anniversary Giveaway Sponsor: Whole Beginnings

Whole Beginnings (
Sandra Maurer, CD, RYT

I’ve been working with mothers in one form or another for 10 years. I was a social worker out of college, became a nanny while training in and then teaching yoga in the evenings. Through my contact with mothers (and my training as a holistic health coach) I kept hearing this word doula. I decided to sign up for a training and see how it went. I was in love. Immediately. And dove head first into full time doula work. But as my birth attendance increased and I was privileged to witness more births and spend more time with mamas as their prenatal yoga instructor, I began to see another need.

So many women are hoping for a different kind of experience the whole childbearing year- from conception through postpartum. They’re hoping for feelings of bliss, of joy, of incredible femininity. They want solutions for pregnancy ailments that are holistic; they want to avoid postpartum depression, and they want someone to help them emotionally work through all the decisions that start to pile up towards the end of pregnancy. They’re seeking out help from all kinds of sources- various websites, care providers that aren’t very trained in these areas and they’re coming up frustrated and overwhelmed. Information isn’t the same as education after all.

This is how Whole Beginnings evolved from a doula business to a Pregnancy and New Mama coaching program. I am able to draw on all my education (Yoga Instructor, Art Therapy, Doula, Holistic Health Coach) and all my experience (in those roles, as a mother, a sister, a daughter and a friend) to help mamas truly find their “mama bliss” no matter what circumstances arise. My program, called Blissful Mama, is designed to help mamas with all of these needs. From the most “mainstream” mama wanting to try a few yoga poses to the “crunchiest” of mamas wanting guidance, accountability and support through the whole process.

One of my favorite pieces of feedback I’ve received from a client is: "The fear I had been experiencing for my first two trimesters has all but evaporated, leaving room for me to experience the joy pregnancy ought to bestow on expectant mothers…Having her as my coach was the best thing I did for myself during this pregnancy. I feel more prepared and confident about my birth and abilities as a woman and mother as a result!”

Join me for Yoga for Fertility & Women’s Health and Prenatal Yoga classes at East Bank Yoga (8th & Railroad). New Mama Yoga B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Baby) classes start in May! You can also work with me privately through my Blissful Mama Coaching program.

I’ve shared a coupon for 3 Free Prenatal (or Yoga for Fertility) Classes for a lucky mama I look forward to meeting!

You can download my {complementary} Empowered Mama Guided Meditation on my website . Learn more about yoga classes and Blissful Mama Program at: or follow me on Facebook: http://

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