Fertile Yoga, RMACT on Channel 8 News - Thank You's
Fertile Yoga Featured on News Channel 8
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have been interviewed by Jocelyn Maminta, and filmed by George DeYounge of Channel 8, WTNH. I appreciated the opportunity to let people know about Fertile Yoga, a subject near and dear to my heart. The segment was wonderful, even I can see that and I am my own worst critic. Jocelyn was wonderful to have in class and George was so warm, welcoming and unobtrusive that I almost forgot that he was there.
OK, I know that this is not the Oscars. Really, absolutely, not the Oscars. Still Channel 8 was not wandering around looking for something to do and stumbled into a Fertile Yoga class and decided to film.
It did take a lot to happen. And I will always take the opportunity to say thank you. Especially to those who have supported Fertile Yoga for years.
Thank You to Everyone Involved With Fertile Yoga!
Easy place to start is Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). Really quietly, they have financially and emotionally supported Fertile Yoga from the very beginning. They pay so that participants don't have to. And they could decide to have only RMACT patients there. They don't do that. Fertile Yoga is free and open to the public. I love that. What's not to love about that. It comes from the heart. Thank you to the doctors at RMACT who have always supported this program, Mark Leondires, Spencer Richlin, Joshua Hurwitz, Cynthia Murdock and Shaun Williams. Special call out to Robin Mangieri, no way would this program be here without her support.
IFW- Integrated and Fertility Wellness Program at RMACT- Thank you to all of you, Amy Matton, Jing Jang, Carolyn Gundell, Carrie Van Steen and Lisa Tuttle. It's a pleasure to work with all of you to support men and women struggling with infertility.
Tally Jacobs, everyone who needs a team member or PR person should get to have you. RMACT is just grateful that we're the lucky ones who actually do. Alicia McNeil, what on earth would I do without you?
Starting to sound like the Academy Awards acceptance speech, isn't it? Ah, well, just a great opportunity to say thank you to the folks who help every single day. So here we go.
For yesterday, thanks to Colette White, Suzanne Naylor, Lisa Eckworth, and the others who came to class to participate and show their support for the infertility struggle. So appreciated it. Special huge thanks to Suzanne Gaynor, owner of Blackbird Yoga and Healing Arts Center for graciously allowing the use of the studio and pulling all the pieces together, including music at the last minute.
Yogaspace has been in on Fertile Yoga from the very beginning, offering their beautiful space, coordinating schedules and continuously looking for ways to get the word out. I know that they have had my back, always and I so appreciate being able to lean into that, time and time again. With love and gratitude, a special thank you to Gloria Owens, Heather Philip, Saeeda Quaisar.
Michelle Teplitz, so proud of you, being willing and able to speak your voice. To help normalize things for other men and women going through the trials and tribulations of infertility. And proudly showing your success story!
Thank you to Fran Meadows for supporting Fertile Yoga and suggesting it as a possible segment for Channel 8. Fran does wonderful work, please check her out on her site!
My folks, my personal folks, I love you. To name a few. Pamela Madsen, THE Fertility Advocate, just the right coaching and calming yesterday, thank goodness. My sisters and mother, always.
OK, if I were onstage, the "Jaws" music would have drowned out my voice by now. But I'm not so I'll finish it out.
I'll just thank two more sets of folks ~ one, my group of closest friends, who feed me ideas for the blogs and who tolerate my craziness. You know who you are. All of you, I send my love and thanks.
Last one, is kind of fun. A priceless moment. My husband is on the west coast on vacation. Yesterday, he called me at 7:15 am to wish me luck because he had noticed that I was a tad bit nervous the night before. Very sweet, right?
OK, at 7:15 in CT, it was 4:15 am on the west coast. Very, very sweet. And no, he had not just gotten in from partying all night. He set his alarm just to wake up to call me.
Priceless. Better than jewelry. Better than any other physical present.
I am a lucky woman.
And I get to teach Fertile Yoga. Doesn't get much better than that.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.