Hapa Yoga is 100% dedicated to the support of our new parents and mothers. Motherhood is a beautiful experience but also comes with challenges, and for some, it may be a difficult transition.
When owner, Tina Ardolino, had her first born in July 2011, she experienced postpartum depression and anxiety. Yoga was the one thing that she desperately needed, but due to the overwhelming experience, state of mind, and lack of resources, found it impossible to find a studio that was convenient and offered child care.
HOW HAPA YOGA CAN HELP
Child Care – Offering child care at the studio was the easiest way Hapa Yoga could help mothers, by providing a sanctuary to practice yoga, get in shape, meditate, relax, take time for themselves, or to take a shower! Having your newborn steps away with amazing child care staff will allow you to take the time you truly need for recovery. Take as much time as you need during class to check on your baby or breastfeed.
Mommy & Me Yoga Fit – What a great way to bond with your baby, embrace motherhood and your new body. Take this interactive yoga class you and your little one can enjoy together. Added benefits include gently and safely getting your body back into shape. This class will incorporate yoga, restoratives for and bonding poses. From around week 24 postpartum and on, we will incorporate cardio and toning. Infant swings are available if you want some time for your practice. Car seats and breastfeeding are welcomed. We will have special guests periodically to discuss nutrition, breastfeeding, infant massage and much more.
Support – Hapa Yoga is dedicated to go beyond yoga in order to provide the resources needed to those who may be suffering with baby blues, postpartum depression or anxiety.
Hapa Yoga is lucky to have Gretchen Mallios, LCSW & RYT as a staff member. Gretchen specializes in women’s health therapy and recovery, including prenatal, fertility, postpartum depression & anxiety.
One out of every eight women will experience postpartum depression. It is an overwhelming experience but finding treatment and support is easy. Taking the steps to do so may seem difficult but you don’t need tofeel ashamed or embarrassed. You are an amazing mother and a beautiful woman and we’re here to hold your hand and help guide you to happiness. If you have general questions, contact Tina by email. If you feel you may be experiencing postpartum depression, contact your OBGYN and the Postpartum Health Alliance http://www.postpartumhealthalliance.org/ or call the support line 619-254-0023
Signs of postpartum depression can appear after birth up until 1 year postpartum:
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or baby
- Loss of appetite
- Insomnia & fatigue
- Intense irritability and anger or severe mood swings
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Lack of joy, feeling of shame, guilt or inadequacy
- Difficulty bonding with baby
IF YOU HAVE THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE GET HELP RIGHT AWAY
CALL 1-800-479-3339 – CALL 911 – GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM