Thank You,

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Thank you for the questions that lurk underneath.

Thank you for the answers that rise to the surface in their own time.

Thank you for the break of retrieving other people’s experiences, so I can fully live mine.

Thank you for the support that makes standing upright possible.

Thank you for the time to circle back; closer and closer to myself.

Thank you for the quilting of this blanket of compassion, sewn together artfully + consciously. Let me return to this cover when I roam far away.

When my heart feels like it is yearning to sing :  please sing.

When I feel my body aching to dance : I beg you to dance.

When I desperately look beyond myself to somewhere else I’d prefer to be, to someone else I’d like to be. Help me to remember : I am exactly where I need to be.

Often the messier the better.

For through that muck, through the constant grinding, is where the lotus emerges, is where the diamond comes to get it’s shine.

 

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Motherhood Rising

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“How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go… a place of women, to help you learn the ways of woman … a place where you were nurtured from an ancient flow sustaining you and steadying you as you sought to become yourself. A place of women to help you find and trust the ancient flow already there with yourself … waiting to be released …
A place of women …
How might your life be different?”

-Judith Duerk author of Circle of Stones

 

I’ve been craving this place for a while now, and so I am thrilled to create this space with, Ashley Jacobs through an evening of connection + creativity : 

If you have been wanting to fill yourself up, this may be the perfect evening to do so.  We will move through a gentle yoga flow, have space to create art, and check in and share where we are as  women, as mothers, in a supportive community. 

Ashley is a fellow mother of 2 little ones, a certified yoga teacher + doula with a nourishing + grounded presence. And I am also a mother of 2, certified yoga teacher + creative soul that continually searches for + creates beauty in various mediums.

I love Ashley’s words below + I’m delighted by the potential power of this gathering.

“My dream is to create a place for mothers to come together and share their experiences and knowledge so that no-one feels alone, or scared. It is in our ancestral genes to be a village of supporting help for new mothers.” 

And that is exactly what we will be doing : sharing, supporting, nourishing + creating.

Email : leahannefox@gmail.com or stella.veramoon@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

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Babe + Me Yoga

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I want to gather a group of women to come together to recharge, reset, and elevate each other, and so I am offering this : 

I want to connect to a group of likeminded women, with hearts of gold, that dares to believe it doesn’t have to be painstakingly hard to be worth it. There can be a new story we choose to believe.

One of abundance and ease. One that feels good. One that restores.

In the series there will be time to:

  • Move your body in a gentle, yet powerful way through a carefully curated vinyasa series. 
  • Sing, chant, connect to a mantra you can plug into throughout your day because sound heals.
  • Practice potent Kundalini Yoga exercises which emphasize the breath and rhythm to swiftly shift the energy.                                      (I practice these in the middle of the day, in jeans, sometimes right in the middle of the kitchen – incredibly effective.)
  • Share tools that are accessible in an instant for you to recharge while you are in the midst of changing diapers, feeding your family, and doing laundry.

It is a class with our little ones : so we do the best we can.

It’s not quiet, our attention will be fragmented, but we will be spending time filling our cup so we can continue to fill our child’s. In the process of moving through class we expand our capacity to heal, to connect, to witness it all, as it moves so fast + slow seemingly simultaneously.

There will be space for 6 mamas. I hope to see you there.

You can register here :


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Sometimes,

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Sometimes, it feels like motherhood is swallowing me whole.

Sometimes, I let it : but most of the time I resist with all my might. Holding on tight to who I was, not wanting to loose aspects of me.

Sometimes, I let motherhood digest me – leaving a version of me that is more complex in depth.

Sometimes, I don’t recognize myself all chewed up in unrecognizable bits.

Sometimes, I do my best to trust the process a little more.

Sometimes, I feel myself being put back together – refined.

Sometimes, I recognize the beauty, celebrate this life, and continuously find ways back to my heart.

Sometimes.

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Dear New Moms,

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I don’t know about you, but this has been the most daunting job of my life.

Please take comfort in the fact that no one knows what they are doing – even though it may appear otherwise.

I spent the first year and change of motherhood convinced everyone else had it sorted out, while I struggled to do anything right. I doubted nearly all the choices I made, and thought everyone was doing a better job than I. Like it was a contest.

And now, just a mere three years in I still catch myself in that same pattern. I look to others for the answer : on sleep schedules, feeding options, toy / book recommendations, potty training tactics, on and on it can go. And it is valuable to gather ideas + suggestions – but deep down all I need is within.

In this incredible task of nurturing and nourishing life outside of us, we must remember to do the same for the life within us, so we can hear our deep wisdom within. This has been a huge learning curve for me, but when I’m connected to myself I trust myself more. So I do my best to claim and honor little pockets of time for me.

In those moments I realize I’m doing the best job I could possibly do, as I know that’s just how you are doing too.

Love,

Leah

 

P.S.  If you are in the Lancaster, PA area I’d love to have you for this 4 week yoga series I am hosting. It will be a container to connect : to yourself, your babe, and a community of honest women going through it all alongside you.

There are a few more spots available, message me : Leahannefox@gmail.com if you’d like to gather with us. 

 

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Mama Moments

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I have many ideas.

Most of them stay within the confounds of my journals. Luckily, one was brought to life by my wildly creative + talented friend, Esta Tonkin. This idea that existed only as thought, I can now hold in my hands – and I want every mother (especially a mother of young kids) to have one.

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A Mama Moment

A BEAUTIFULLY handmade purse, filled with a mini notebook, pen, and affirmation cards to act as a touchstone for you as you go about mothering. It’s a place where you can gather and collect things that make you feel good, and return to them as often as you wish. So that you can feel like you.

It’s a place to go to when you have an unexpected break, when there is peace, before bed, first thing in the morning. Put a poem you love, a few chocolates, a crystal or two, and make sure to always have it on hand : in the diaper bag, in the car, in the kitchen, let it travel with you, and grow alongside you.

A perfect gift for any mother. Because you know, sometimes we need to be relentlessly coaxed to take a break, to have a moment to ourselves. Now we will have a visual reminder to draw us back to ourselves, all while fueling, feeding, and growing alongside our family.

Thank you Esta, for using your magic to bring this to life. I’m thrilled for any mother who will get to have one of these in their hands.

 

 

 

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