Hampton Doula to the Rescue

Truth be told, for the majority of my pregnancy, I was in complete denial that I was actually going to have to give birth. Though I was pretty content living in this state of mind, I knew that I would have to accept the fact that I was going to have to physically deliver a baby…that and the fact that I needed some serious guidance, education, and support…aka HELP!

Enter, Hampton Doula, Monica Kadash, to the rescue! I met Monica early in my second trimester when I started to attend her prenatal yoga class at Ananda in Southampton. I instantly gravitated towards Monica’s welcoming personality, calm demeanor, and lighthearted sense of humor. I loved the class and attended weekly, right up until days before I gave birth. Monica incorporates lots of stretching and relaxation to get centered as well as some challenging poses to prepare the mind and body for birth.

When I was considering hiring a doula, I knew that I wanted someone who would bring out the best in me, ideally someone spiritual, but not too spiritual that I couldn’t relate. Monica is exactly that;  straightforward and realistic, yet very warm and tranquil.

The day that I gave birth was a long, uneventful one until my water broke around 2pm, when suddenly, baby came fast and furiously. When it got down to the hard labor (the part I was dreading) I was thanking my lucky stars for Monica’s presence. As a doula, Monica provides support (both prenatal and postnatal) and advocacy alongside the medical staff. (Doulas are commonly confused with midwives, who are medically qualified to deliver babies.)

Statistically, with the help of Doulas there are less interventions,  fewer C-sections, shorter labor and reduced postpartum depression. This results in a fulfilling and satisfying birthing experiences, in short, many more happy moms!

My mission is to honor, protect and guide you, so that you feel empowered to birth fearlessly and joyfully, thus starting your journey into motherhood with confidence.” ~ Monica

Monica did just that for us; I was able to stay (somewhat) strong through the worst contractions, push with sheer determination and confidence, and instantly connect with our baby girl. In the moment, all of my fears of needles, blood, and pain were overcome by sheer empowerment.

Throughout this unique process, Monica helped in every way promised. She provided literature on the birthing process and came to our house twice to get to know our family and educate us on the whole process. She prepared us with facts, stories, strategies, and support we needed to feel ready. Does that mean that everything was smooth sailing? Of course not! But when it came down to it, everything that Monica had prepared us for unraveled pretty much as predicted. It’s already becoming a slight blur (isn’t that how women keep doing it??) but I know that I would have been far less prepared, confident, and comfortable without Monica the Doula.

Here’s Monica, baby Rowan, and I at our postnatal home visit about a week after birth 🙂               If you’re interested in learning more about Monica, visit hamptondoula.com.

One Healthy Breakdown: Happy, healthy, and empowered, thanks to Hampton Doula!

Yoga, Wellness, & Well-being in Montauk!

One Healthy Hamptons and Lightwork I Lifework at the Beach House invite YOU to join us!

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Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 7th for a 10am yoga class at the Montauk Beach House followed by wellness and well-being by the pool. Don’t miss OHH’s last (free!) wellness event of the summer, a morning of wellness under the sun! Let’s kick off August right!

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Start your Sunday morning with a 10am yoga class (open to all levels) with Erica Velasquez, meet Kiley & Erica of One Healthy Hamptons, and enjoy snacks, samples, and shopping with Hamptons Handpoured, KIND Snacks, and RESCUE Skin!

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One Healthy Breakdown: Let’s start August in the Hamptons feeling relaxed, restored, and alive!

Fitness Fun in the Sun

Summer is the season to be outside as much as humanly possible, soaking up warm sunshine and beautiful beach days! Instead of spending time inside the gym or skipping your fitness routine altogether (a big no no!) we’re bringing the workout outside for a double whammy. That irreplaceable post-sweat endorphin high is even better in beautiful natural surroundings like the Hamptons! Here’s a run down of the not-to-be-missed outdoor workouts offered around town. Get ready to hit the beach, pool deck, water, or vineyard for some fitness fun in the sun!

Yoga in the Vines & HIIT Bootcamp at Wolffer Estate Vineyard

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Erika Bloom Pilates at Ruschmeyers and The Baker House

SUP Yoga with Jessica Bellofatto

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East End Mermaid at Well Within Studio

SUP fitness and race training with Evelyn at Haven’s Beach

Stand Up Paddleboarding with Paddle Diva

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Wellthily’s Summer Sessions at Gurney’s

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Jimmy Minardi’s Beach Workout

One Healthy Breakdown: outdoor workouts – try ’em all before the fall!

 

 

 

 

Get Ready for an Antigua Adventure!

HUGE, bigger than BIG, super EXCITING news to share! You’re invited…IMG_0051Along with Jenna Raynell (left) and Erica Velasquez (center) of Wolffer’s Yoga in the Vines, we’ve been eagerly planning a week-long, uber-luxurious escape to…ANTIGUA…for…YOU!

Antigua-RainbowWe’re bringing home away from home and escaping another NY winter for a week of sunshine, beauty, yoga bliss, and island adventure…and we’re pretty pumped about it!IMG_0064So, mark your calendar for January 31st – February 7th, 2016 and get ready to kick next year off with intention, warmth, and an experience you’ll never forget! Click here for all of the details.

Here’s a sneak peak of what you can expect during the Antigua Adventure Yoga Retreat:

  • Deluxe private villa with two private pools, tropical garden, and walking distance to Pigeon Beach and Falmouth Marina (beach, shops, restaurants, supermarket, bars, etc.)
  • Two yoga classes daily, custom workshops, rooftop & sunset yoga, and private yoga with hands-on assists and massage
  • Intention and self-exploration exercises
  • Nutrition workshops and private consultations with yours truly
  • Wolffer Estate Vineyard Wine Tasting Class
  • Traditional Antiguan craft workshops
  • Guided scenic hikes, beach runs and walks
  • Mermaid pools, swimming, and snorkeling
  • Plenty of time for R&R
  • Optional zip lining tour
  • Optional paddle boarding
  • Tons of adventure
  • Daily healthy homemade breakfasts and lunch & dinner outings at local hot spots
  • Professional digital photography service
  • Wifi connection
  • Maid service
  • Lots of individual attention, group bonding, and good old fun in the sun!

IMG_0070We can’t wait to dive in…to our private swimming pools and the gorgeous Antiguan waters!

c8Check out all of the details, schedule/Q&A, and reservation instructions and book ASAP for early bird pricing, as there are only six exclusive spots available! See you in Antigua!

IMG_0034One Healthy Breakdown: Live adventurously. Listen carefully. Love passionately. Go fearlessly…Antigua Adventure 2016, baby!!

*Photos by Kate Petrone Photography

 

Gone Yogi

photo(177)Yoga is something we could all stand to do more often; the benefits are countless. Truth be told, I was not always a fan of yoga. I was one of those “yogis” who would look at the clock every two minutes wondering when it would end. Rarely did I ever make it thru shavasana. Bad yogi.

Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate yoga more and more…and a lot more. The sole benefit of stretching the body, aiding tight muscles, and countering high-impact workouts is reason enough to incorporate yoga into any routine.I learned to like yoga for the physical benefits, but I didn’t grasp the peace of mind part…yet.

When I moved to the Hamptons, I experienced that shift  My body, mind, and soul became open to the vast benefits of yoga, outside of just sore muscles. The physical stretching became the base level for further opening of the mind. We’re blessed to have so many amazing local yoga studios, a variety of classes, and gifted instructors. Maybe there’s something in the air here, but I finally learned to slow my breath, open my heart, and absorb yoga into my life. I not only sat thru shavasana, I learned to reap the benefits of sun salutations and meditation as well.

Just recently, I’ve actually gotten to the point of looking forward to going to yoga. Planning “yoga dates” with my girlfriends has become a regular occurrence. All of the sudden, my yoga mats have duplicated – one upstairs, one downstairs, one in my car…what’s happening?

I think I’m finally becoming a yogi. I’m no master, my flexibility is minimal and my balance is shaky, but I now place a high value on yoga in my day-to-day life…because I want to. Yoga is now a priority for my mind, body, and soul. And I highly recommend it to anyone who…I’ll stop there because I highly recommend yoga to anyone. I’ve learned that anyone can be a yogi and everyone should be, just unroll the mat and give it a try. Now. Seriously, move away from the computer and do a few sun salutations or just breathe deep in downward dog. You’ll thank me later.

One Healthy Breakdown: Rock on, yogis. You were right all along. Namaste.