“Mother Roasting is showing up for postpartum women in ways no one else will.” ~The Art of Sacred Postpartum
I’ve been working on something new over the past several months. I’ve got a new title even. I’m now a certified Sacred Postpartum Mother Roaster and am launching a new line of services under the name Seva Shakti Mother Care. Seva means service and Shakti is the divine feminine power. In other words, I take good care of new mamas and treat them like the goddesses they are!
As a newly minted Sacred Postpartum Mother Roaster, I am trained in ancient wise woman traditions of honoring, warming, and nourishing postpartum women as they heal and seal from the rawness of birth. Holding space for women as they close the birth journey and cross the threshold from maiden to mother is a special privilege and I am blessed to able to honor families in this way. Having worked with women in the valley since 2008 as a prenatal yoga teacher and mommy & me yoga teacher, becoming a Mother Roaster seemed a natural extension of the work I’ve already been doing with mothers.
What does that really mean, to be a Mother Roaster? I listen to the birth story and hear how things are really going with the new baby. I serve comforting and nutritive herbal teas and lovingly prepared warming and easily digestible soup. I can offer a handmade flower crown and set up a floral bath which helps a new mama to see herself in the beauty way while symbolically washing away the birth. I help new moms let go of their worst fears in a powerful fire fear release ceremony. Card readings from The Mother Wisdom Deck invite reflection and inspire confidence. As postpartum moms tend to feel cold and stagnant after giving birth I use moxa treatments, v-steams, and a hot stone abdominal press to warm her up again and get the energy flowing. A special sealing ceremony called “Closing of the Bones Sacred Tuck In” brings mom back together physically, energetically, and emotionally. Bengkung belly binding, a Malaysian tradition, provides support to the torso and speeds up the healing process. A mother may choose only a couple of services or she may choose them all. My role is to serve the new mother with loving care and witness her transition into motherhood.
Women may choose to combine Mother Roasting services with private Kundalini Yoga & Meditation sessions for maximum benefit.
Update- 11/16 class cancelled due to illness.
Hello mamas with littles in Bozeman- I see you. I hear you. I’m listening. And now I’m ready. I’m so excited to get back into the groove teaching Mommy & Me Yoga especially now that I’ve got another little one of my own! Thank you to Jenna Leigh at Pure Healing Yoga for offering her beautiful studio to me for this class.
Mommy & Me Yoga is back for a 6 week session before the holiday craziness sets in. Join me for a midweek & midday recharge & reconnect at Pure Healing Yoga. We will meet on Wednesdays from 2-3 pm beginning October 12 and running through November 16.
Please register here and share the Facebook event page here!
Prenatal Yoga is BACK! Join me on Thursday evenings for a Fall Session of Blissful Bellies Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga at Heartmanity. Fall Session begins September 15 and ends November 17. 5:45-7pm. Please email me at email@example.com or call (406) 595-2547 for more information. Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh is recommended reading.
I’m so honored to be teaching yoga at this fabulous local & affordable upcoming women’s retreat through the YMCA!
2nd Annual Women’s Retreat: Amplify Your Light From Within
Be Balanced. Be Embraced. Be Amplified. Be Women.
Is your life simply overwhelming? Are you ready to live your best life with less stress and anxiety? You deserve to take time for YOU and discover the woman that has been hiding inside. Surround yourself with the beauty of the Paradise Valley in Montana—as well as a community other women—while we dig into our stories, release the old, create the new, and let the light of the new emerge! Relax and engage through activities to push you out of your comfort zone, create healthy and mindful habits, and walk away feeling balanced, embraced, and amplified! Unleash your woman power within!
Date: September 30th (begins 4pm) -October 2nd (ends at 11am)
Members: $245 | Non Member: $260 | $225 when you bring a friend
Includes all meals and shared housing.
Location: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Base Camp, Paradise Valley
Financial assistance is available for this program.
Calling all pregnant mamas! Join me this summer for prenatal yoga, dance, and meditation at Heartmanity, one Sunday evening (5-8 pm) each month.
(June 12, July 10, August 14 2016)
Practice an active Kundalini-inspired yoga set to stretch, tone, and strengthen your changing body as well as restorative postures to rest, relax, and renew. Learn world dance moves to facilitate a more comfortable pregnancy and an easier birth. Participate in a meditation to balance the brain, clear the subconscious mind, and welcome the cycle of birth into your body. Share a cup of tea and conversation with other expecting mamas and find your tribe.
New mamas with pre-crawlers are also welcome in this workshop, but please know that it will be geared more towards pregnancy than postpartum.
Instructor Gloria Overcash has been teaching yoga to expectant mamas since 2008. She is certified in teaching Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga and Dancing for Birth (TM) in addition to her certifications in teaching Kundalini and Hatha Yoga.
Sliding scale available to those in need.
Call Gloria at (406) 595-2547 with any questions and to reserve your space.
Being in the throes of the postpartum experience myself, I am remembering all over again how mentally, physically, emotionally, and energetically challenging these times can be. Self-care frequently falls to the bottom of the to-do list while the laundry and dishes pile up. Babies need a lot of attention, and of course we want to meet their needs! If you have other children at home, it can be even more intense. Caring for a tiny person is no small task and hormonal changes coupled with sleep deprivation can seriously compromise our well-being. Postpartum experiences can vary greatly, and more women than you’d think will experience postpartum depression, rage, anxiety, OCD, or even psychosis.
In the Kundalini Yoga tradition we have several incredible meditations that I find very useful in the postpartum period. I’ll be sharing them on Sunday, May 22, 10am-noon at Heartmanity in Bozeman. This class is offered on a donation basis. Donations will be put into a special fund to make prenatal yoga classes available to low-income and teen moms. I sure hope to see you there!
Gong & Singing Bowls for Darcy
April 9, 7:30 pm
Your Yoga, 20 E. Main
Join gongstress Gloria Overcash and singing bowl queen Linda Chambers for an hour of sound healing in honor of Darcy Buhmann.
We will be collecting funds for Darcy’s family at the door.
Suggested donation is $20 but please give what you can- more or less.
Questions? Please Call Gloria (406) 595-2547