Our Childrens’ Future: People’s Climate March

Walking down the street today I passed a young mother with an adorable baby in his carriage. I asked her if she had heard about the People’s Climate March next Sunday and offered her a small flyer. She put her hand up in alarm and stiffly said “I am fine.”

Well, perhaps she is fine, but if she wants Planet Earth to be habitable for her son—and his children—, ignoring the serious threats caused by climate change is not the way to accomplish it.

As I told her, there will be a contingent of mothers and babies at the march. In addition to the march in New York City, there are events taking place all over the world.

Please check www.peoplesclimate.org for details.

About “Exercise”

With my dance background, I have never liked the word “exercise” even though I have used it to describe what I teach to non–dancers. To me, “exercise” implies mechanical repetition, directly contradicting an understanding of movement that engages the whole person.

Sure enough, my dictionary explains that the word exercise derives from Latin and its literal meaning is “to drive on, keep busy.” No one has to tell a healthy baby to “exercise,” yet from birth, s/he will be moving during its waking hours and often during sleep. At times an infant may seem to be doing “repetitions,” yet these motions are merely preparation for more complex coordination. Once the coordination has been developed, the infant will continue exploring and interacting with its environment and does not return to previous repetitions.

When s/he is ready to sit up on her/his own, the posture will be perfect—because that is the easiest way for the child to support its weight in verticality—and so on, through standing, walking, running, skipping, and jumping. Then, in modern life, comes school and eventually being still and sitting for many hours a day—and admonitions, proscriptions, and prescriptions to “exercise.”

Top Health Tip: Exercising Regularly

I recently came across this blog post, “54 Health and Wellness Experts Reveal the Single Most Important Tip for Living a Healthy Lifestyle.” Exercising Regularly is at the top of the list, followed in order by: Eat Healthy; Natural Foods; Healthy Routines/Habits; Listen to Your Body; Drink Water; Manage Stress; and fourteen additional tips, all of which are relevant to the well being of pregnant and postnatal women.

See more at http://blog.delimmune.com/2014/06/how-to-live-a-healthy-lifestyle/#sthash.S0L9gNqG.dpuf

A Healthy Alternative to Opioid Drugs

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Time and again, I have seen discomfort and pain commonly associated with pregnancy disappear in the classes I teach for pregnant women.

Symptoms—including low back pain, sciatica, hip pain, calf and foot cramps, neck and shoulder pain—have all been relieved through gentle movements with an emphasis on the breath and dynamic posture while lying down, sitting, standing, and walking.

We release muscles that are overworking and then strengthen muscles that have become weak with exercises that have been designed by medical professionals.

How unfortunate that poor women are offered opioid drugs rather than safe and beneficial self–care. Feel free to contact me about setting up private, semi-private, and/or group classes in the New York City area.

Fit for Pregnancy Classes: All Four Wednesdays and All Four Fridays in March

Friday lunchtime classes at Destination Maternity:
continue as usual 12:15-1:15 pm, March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

Wednesday evening classes at Destination Maternity:
continue 6:15-7:15 pm on March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th

Destination Maternity, 28 East 57th Street at Madison Avenue.
To reserve your place, call 212-588-0220. Single classes are $16/class. Class cards are $64 and include one free class for a friend.

February Schedule Change

Fit for Pregnancy classes at Destination Maternity have been canceled for February 5th and 7th while the Learning Studio is being upgraded.

Please contact the store at 212-588-0220 to confirm whether there will be a class on February 12th.

Destination Maternity, 28 East 57th Street at Madison Avenue. To reserve your place, call 212-588-0220. Single classes are $16/class. Class cards are $64 for five classes plus one free class for a friend.

No Fit for Pregnancy Class January 15th

Reminder: No Fit for Pregnancy Class at Destination Maternity on January 15th.

Otherwise, class schedule continues as usual:
Wednesday evenings 6:15-7:15
Friday lunchtimes 12:15-1:15

Destination Maternity, 28 East 57th Street at Madison Avenue. To reserve your place, call 212-588-0220. Single classes are $16/class. Class cards are $64 and include one free class for a friend.

Fit for Pregnancy January Schedule

Friday lunchtime classes at Destination Maternity:
continue as usual 12:15-1:15 pm, January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31

Wednesday evening classes at Destination Maternity:
continue 6:15-7:15 pm on January 8, 22, and 29
No class on January 1st or January 15th!

Destination Maternity, 28 East 57th Street at Madison Avenue.
To reserve your place, call 212-588-0220. Single classes are $16/class. Class cards are $64 and include one free class for a friend.

Fit for Pregnancy December Schedule

Friday lunchtime classes at Destination Maternity:
continue as usual 12:15-1:15 pm, December 6, 13, 20 and 27

Wednesday evening classes at Destination Maternity:
continue 6:15-7:15 pm on December 4 and 18
an hour earlier 5:15-6:15 on December 11th
No class on December 25th!

Destination Maternity, 28 East 57th Street at Madison Avenue.
To reserve your place, call 212-588-0220. Single classes are $16/class. Class cards are $64 and include one free class for a friend.

Fit for Pregnancy Classes in November

Fit for Pregnancy classes continue at Destination Maternity

Wednesday evenings 6:15-7:15
Friday lunchtimes 12:15-1:15
including the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Friday after.

Destination Maternity, 28 East 57th Street at Madison Avenue.
To reserve your place, call 212-588-0220. Single classes are $16/class. Class cards are $64 and include one free class for a friend.