Om Mama by Danellia Arechiga: How I Became a Yoga Doula
I wasn’t feeling much like a yoga doula, since I had skipped Mom Yoga + Baby yoga for the last few months because my daughter became mobile, and it was hard keeping her entertained for an hour.
Being a single mother of a new toddler definitely gave me the desire to go to my “om mama” place. Om Mama is who I was throughout my pregnancy with my daughter…strong, confident, relaxed, feeling sexy even, all because I was aware of my body and my baby.
Jessica from Ma Yoga definitely helped with this sense of awareness each and every time I attended her prenatal classes. She would start class with a beautiful reflection that always seemed to be exactly what I needed to hear.
Flash forward 13+ months to this picture, and here I had thought I had lost the Om Mama in me, but as Jessica helped me into this supported back bend, my little girl crawled up to me and made the sign for “milk”, and I realized that the Om Mama in me never left…she just evolved.
Now she is an excellent multi-tasker (as you can clearly see), still confident and strong, and not just aware of her baby and her body, but also of the kind if woman and mother she is becoming.
It has been a humbling 13 months since my daughter was born. The experience only encourages me to help other mamas find the Om Mama in them, throughout their journey.
I have found my purpose in life through my work as a doula, which is holding space and accompanying other women as they go from maiden, to mother. I am a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International, a Ma Yoga Doula and I feel blessed to have witnessed the births that I have thus far. I am excited to support even more mothers in the future – please come find me at www.ommamabirth.blogspot.com.