Fertile Yoga and Ladies Night In - A Success
Fertile Yoga and Ladies Night In: A Winning Combination
It's always good to try something new. And when you put two winners together, well, you get a super winner.
Why didn't we think of this years ago? Combining Ladies Night In--RMACT's peer support group--and Fertile Yoga.
Ladies Night In was thought of and put into action about three years ago. The brainchild of Carrie Van Steen, the group meets twice a month. Once in Danbury, once in Norwalk. Carrie and I lead the group through laughter, tears, conversation and inspiration. It never fails to provide a safe environment for talking and sharing and last night was no exception.
Except last night we tried something new.
Trying Fertile Yoga First
We did Fertile Yoga first. Fertile Yoga was created by me five years ago, intended specifically for men and women who were trying to conceive and encountering difficulty. Even more specifically for men and women in fertility treatment. There are different needs and considerations to practicing yoga while in treatment, given the fertility medications, procedures and even surgeries. Fertile Yoga accomodates those needs and offers stress reduction and relaxation in a remarkably stressful and unrelaxed time.
Fertile Yoga, dinner, an introduction to Ladies Night In. The relaxation that Fertile Yoga offered brought a different atmosphere to Ladies Night In. There was a feeling of already knowing one another, even though some had never met before.
So, we yoga'd, we ate, we talked, we cried, we laughed. Even after two plus hours of talking, (plus an hour of Fertile Yoga), our ladies were standing in the parking lot chatting. 9:45 p.m. on a Thursday night!
Here's a funny tid bit from last night. A new alphabet soup phrase. You know. IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. IUI stands for intrauterine insemination.
Here's the new one.
OK. If you know what it stands for or you just want to take a guess, write in and let me know. I'm thinking it will be very amusing what you all come up with.
Dr's Leonidires, Richlin, Hurwitz, Murdock, Williams? Want to take a guess? Guaranteed to make you laugh!
I'll let you know the answer on Monday. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Fertile Yoga tonight from 6-7:15 p.m. in Brookfield, CT, at Yogaspace (a gorgeous studio!), 777 Federal Road. Right next door to Pancho's and Gringo's.
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.