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Class Action: Sangha Yoga Shala


107 N 3rd St #2H, Brooklyn

Schedule: Mon, 10 am, 6:30 pm; Tues, 10 am; Wed, 2 pm & 6:30 pm; Thurs, 10 am; Fri, 4:30 pm; Sat, 5 pm; Sun, 9:15

Cost: Drop In: $18; Class packages also available

One of my biggest gripes when I was pregnant was not being able to find a prenatal class that fit into my real-life schedule, which involved an office and work hours that ended way past the typical 5 o’clock hour. Most classes started at noon which, even with a lunch break, would barely be enough time to get a downward dog in after trekking to the otherside of town. So when I found a cushy 6:30 p.m. time slot at Sangha Yoga Shala in Williamsburg, I crossed my figures in hopes that it would be even halfway decent.

The studio surpassed my expectations with its warm vibes and challenging poses. With a Masters of science in clinical nutrition, and student of yoga for 13 years, founder Alana Kessler says she tries her best to bring a sophisticated, urban spin to yoga, nutrition and spirituality. “I founded Sangha because I am passionate about cultivating a purposeful community, which is why natal yoga and wellness is so prioritized,” says Kessler. So while classes that fit various NY work schedules is definitely a perk, the real gem of Sangha is the different types of prenatal programs and that sense of community you gain by going.

Here Kessler tells us more.

Describe Sangha's style.

Sangha doesn't have a specific style per say. We believe in offering classes where people can connect to their innermost intentions, and cultivate awareness and consciousness to bring forth clear and positive action in their individual lives. Our instructors each hold a strong level of integrity within the style they teach. It is important to me that students have a variety of styles to choose from and discover what fits best for them, be it traditional Ashtanga yoga, vinyasa, hatha, or restorative. The common thread and core value at Sangha is the authenticity, consistency and commitment each teacher brings while representing their style.

What is the difference between your prenatal and regular classes?

Our prenatal classes offer a more transparent method of facilitating community and connectedness. In our prenatal yoga classes, the women go around and introduce themselves to create a sense of camaraderie and support. I have seen some of the most beautiful friendships evolve out of these classes -- women who come back to postnatal yoga together and then back to prenatal together when expecting their next child. Our Prenatal Fit and Prenatal Pilates classes offer a more physical class without the support group element but still a safe and positive environment. All the classes complement each other extremely well and are safe for all trimesters during pregnancy.

What other prenatal services/classes does Sangha offer?

We offer Prenatal Fit which is a slightly shorter more active prenatal class, Prenatal Pilates, Postnatal Pilates, and Postnatal Yoga. We also offer quarterly Partner Yoga for Labor and Birth (our next one is October 13th), Nutrition for Pregnancy and Beyond, Childbirth Education, Baby Fingers (American Sign Language) & Itty Bitty Boppers (Music class for infants up to 1 yr).

Can you tell us more about Partner Yoga?

It’s an opportunity for the partners of the pregnant women to learn new ways of supporting the mamas-to-be during labor, including massage, essential oils, yoga postures and other comfort techniques. With an emphasis on a practical approach to help labor progress more smoothly, we workshop breathwork, intuitive touch for partners, as well as positions for labor to help manage pain and cultivate a relaxed state during birth.

How soon can a woman return to yoga after giving birth?

Some say as soon as you feel up to it, but I would recommend waiting until the 6-week postpartum check-up. If the baby was delivered by C-section, it is recommended to wait until the incision heals and maybe a few weeks after that to avoid complications, including blood clotting, and to promote healing. In addition, the joints and ligaments will still be loose three to five months post labor, so it is advisable to be careful and take it easy!

How often do you recommend students going to class?

A minimum two or three times per week as permitted.

How do you want your students feeling when they walk out of your class (both spiritually and physically)?

I hope they feel strong, renewed, rejuvenated and inspired. My goal is that each person who leaves Sangha has taken advantage of the time spent in our classes to truly get to know their bodies in a way that allows them to feel empowered and confident in the world.

Right now Sangha Yoga Shala is having a really sweet $99 unlimited monthly yoga special (with a 2 month commitment) that is all inclusive and covers all classes. Sign up here through November 15th!

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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.

That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.

As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.

"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."

Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.

"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."

The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.

It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.

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Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.

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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.

A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉

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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.

As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.

Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."

So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.

As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."

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