Shift Happens

Shift Happens: Updates to New Mom Rising's Class Schedule and Offerings
A while back I received an email with the subject line "Shift Happens." It was super catchy and got me thinking about all the shifts in my life, and how one of the only guarantees in life is "change." 

As a yoga teacher I talk a lot about being flexible and making room in life for the things we desire most. But like anyone else it is easy for me to go through the motions of a busy life and get stuck in routine. 

Lately I received some gentle nudges from the universe telling me it's time to make a slight shift in my teaching schedule. It took me a bit to figure out exactly what those changes and next steps were, but I knew I had to take my own yoga teacher advice and move towards the next phase of my journey. Moving past the fear of the unknown can be scary, and I felt the what ifs and doubts creep up, but on the other side is freedom and liberation and the fulfillment of dreams and desires. 

I present you with the next phase of New Mom Rising. It's simply an evolution to help serve more mamas on the coast by offering larger pre/postnatal group yoga classes and yoga/barre/sculpt classes WITH childcare on site. These group classes are held at the Sensitive Solutions center, an amazing new space in El Granada offering a wide variety classes and services for families and kids.

To make room for this shift I had to leave my studio jobs at I AM and FIT, but there are many amazing teachers to teach those classes. Mamas with young kids are such an underserved population and I'm trying to fill a very important hole that is also close to my heart as a mom with a young and growing family. 

Please join me on this journey by checking out my updated yoga offerings in Half Moon Bay and the Coastside. I look forward to seeing you (and your babies!) on the mat. 

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Press Release: New Mom Rising Announces Ribbon Cutting Celebration & Informational

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For Immediate Release                    
8/31/17

New Mom Rising
Amber Ricchetti
650-454-9524
amber@newmomrising.com

New Mom Rising Announces Ribbon Cutting Celebration and Informational


(Half Moon Bay, CA) New Mom Rising LLC, announced today that they will be partnering with the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau to commemorate the new business with a ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at Cameron's Pub. The celebration is set for Monday, October 2, 2017, from 5:00-6:30pm. Join us for pizza and salad, beer & wine, family-friendly yoga games, a prize drawing and more. The ribbon cutting is slated for 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the festivities. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/1411355732234204/

Several local business leaders and dignitaries are scheduled to appear. New Mom Rising is excited and optimistic about becoming part of the Chamber and Half Moon Bay Coastside business community. “As a Coastside Native, I’m thrilled to give back to the community and support coastsiders by sharing the gifts of yoga and mindfulness” said Amber Ricchetti, New Mom Rising Owner and Instructor. “New Mom Rising is new to the coast so throwing a party and ribbon cutting ceremony is a great introduction." 

New Mom Rising is a boutique, in-home and mobile yoga studio specializing in pre/postnatal yoga, yoga for kids and schools, yoga parties, barre classes and more. Studio classes are limited to 4 yogis. They are located at 608 Silver Ave. in HMB and are open during scheduled yoga classes and by appointment. In an effort to make yoga accessible for moms and kids, New Mom Rising adds yoga classes to the schedule by request and also takes the studio on the road. Customers are welcome to visit them online at www.newmomrising.com or call them directly at 650-454-9524 to schedule a class.

The Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2013 and represents nearly 600 member businesses along the San Mateo County Coast. The Chamber is a partnership of business professionals working together to strengthen a sustainable socio-economic climate in our unique Coastside community. This membership organization provides networking opportunities and represents the interests of business with government.

Summer Solstice Crystals

Namaste dear friends. Thank you for celebrating the Summer Solstice with us at Soulshine! I hope your internal flame is still shinning bright. 

At the bottom of your beautiful gift basket was a paper with pics of the crystals used in class. There were a few modifications, so the updated crystal images are shown here. 

Below the images is a brief description of the stone's power and related chakras. I hope you enjoy them for continued balancing and healing! 

As always, working with your divine spirit is a pleasure and honor. 

The light and love in me sees and honors the light and love in all of you. Namaste. 

~Amber 

PS - Info from Shannon about the earthly and heavenly scents, oils and lotions, is coming soon! 

Gems of the Summer Solstice 

Gems of the Summer Solstice 

1. Root Chakra/1st Chakra: Red Jasper to alleviate stress and reconnect with Earth’s grounding energies. Its cleansing effect eliminates negativity, returning it to its source, and stabilizing the aura. Cedarwood represents the strong and grounding elements. 

2. Sacral/2nd Chakra: Sea glass is a symbol of physical, spiritual and emotional transformation. 

3. Solar Plexus/3rd Chakra: Amber unites the warming energy of the Sun with strong connections of the Earth to provide a potent grounding and cleansing energy. Amber balances and protects the solar plexus chakra. Pumice Stone represents the chakra - it is a very light and porous volcanic rock created from fire and heat. Emotionally pumice symbolizes a callus texture used to removed abrasions. 

4. Heart Chakra/4th Chakra: The fair and lovely Rose Quartz, with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort.

5. Throat Chakra/5th Chakra: Howlite is a stone of modesty and understatement. It balances energy flow in chaotic spaces and infuses them with peaceful energy and tranquility. It helps reduce conflicts and facilitates respectful communication. 

6. 3rd Eye Chakra/6th Chakra: Unakite is a stone that encourages visionary abilities by opening your psychic vision. It works through the third eye chakra and aids you to visualize the things you desire in your life. 

7. Crown Chakra/7th Chakra: Sea Quartz amplifies healing and calming effect of all the other crystals, neutralizes negative vibrations

Welcome to New Mom Rising!

Welcome Home

Namaste, Mamas and Families! Welcome to New Mom Rising, a boutique yoga studio providing yoga, fitness and wellness to support moms, kids and families. 

Maybe your future child is a glimmer in your eye. Perhaps you're creating life in your belly at this very moment. You might even be an experienced mom, dad or caregiver who just needs some extra TLC and self-care. 

Wherever you are on your path, I am here to support you on your unique journey of motherhood and familyhood. 

New Mom Rising is all about focusing on you and taking care of your needs, so you feel more energized and equipped to meet the needs of those who depend on you...like your kids!

I look forward to working with you on your way to living a fulfilling life as both a parent and a unique, authentic being. 

With love and blessings,

Amber 

You Know You Have a Crystal Child When...

A few nights ago Gio was having a particularly hard time falling asleep. After the usual round of stalling (I'm hungry, I'm thirsty, I have to go potty) he got out of bed again and went to the crystal table. I half-heartedly warned him that it's bedtime, not time to play with crystals. So he returned with a box of crystals which he wanted to sleep next to. And that's what he did! He cuddled up to it, put his pudgy arm around it, and promptly fell into a peaceful sleep. Amen!

I eventually removed the box, and felt a bit guilty about it, so put a large rose quartz under his pillow. All was still and silent and perfect until about 2am when he awoke, crying, "I swallowed a crystal! I'm going to die! I swallowed a crystal!"

I was very confused at that moment. Did he swallow the crystal before he went to bed (he did recently swallow a penny...)? Did I drop a little gem next to him that he put in his mouth while sleeping? Did he dream it? I realized it was the latter.

Gio calmed down after I assured him he wasn't going to die; that he just had a dream that scared him a little bit. As he melted towards slumber again he mumbled, "It's OK mommy, the crystal will protect my bones."

His positive attitude filled my heart as it always does. I relaxed towards sleep myself with a blissed-out smile on my face. He is indeed my little Crystal Child!

* For those who aren't familiar, a Crystal Child is a child born with certain spiritual gifts. As Doreen Virtue describes, "They are happy, delightful and forgiving. This generation of new lightworkers, roughly ages 0 through 7, are like no previous generation. They’re among the most connected, communicative, caring and cuddly of any generation. They are also quite philosophical and spiritually gifted. And they display an unprecedented level of kindness and sensitivity to this world."

I Am a Mother (Ode to my son)

I am a Mother, a goddess, divine light, creator of life.

I am a Mother, a caretaker, a teacher, a guide.

I am a Mother, a multi-tasker, a manager, an organizer.

I am a Mother, a nurse, a doula, a miracle worker.

I am a Mother, a dreamer, a believer, a cheerleader.

I am a Mother, a chauffeur, a shopper, a house keeper.

I am a Mother, a sous chef, a short-order-cook, a waiter.

I am a Mother, a singer, a storyteller, a writer.

I am a Mother, an engineer, a builder, a handyman.

I am a Mother, a playmate, a companion, a friend.

I am a Mother, a listener, a talker, a shoulder on which to cry.

I am a Mother, a nurturer, a lover, your wings to fly.

I am a Mother, a mediator, a referee, your moral compass.

I am a Mother, a beacon, an anchor, unconditional love.

You helped me become all of these things -- more than I ever thought I could be!

But the best thing you made me is a Mother.

And the best thing I made is you, Sweet Giovanni.

 

 

 

 

 

Experiences in Parenting: Intuitive Parenting + My Son's Surgery

"Always trust a father's suspicion and a mother's intuition." - Unknown

As I write this post, my son is sleeping next to me in bed. We have a "family" bed because he never made the transition from a crib to a toddler bed - mostly because intuitively it didn't seem right. He never slept through the night and always woke up crying, alone, needing/wanting me. We could've sleep trained him but at two-years-old my husband and I figured we'd roll with this phase of his development. We bought a king-size bed, cuddle together at night, and it works for us.

But this post isn't actually about co-sleeping. This post is about intuitive parenting, and how I knew early on that there was something off about Gio's sleep. More specifically, his breathing. Part of our concern with his sleep is he snores. Not sometimes, but every night. His snoring is akin to an adult - the kind that might require ear plugs to make it through the night. In addition, he holds his breath frequently while sleeping (gasp) and even occasionally grinds his teeth. 

Unrelated to sleep was the excessive drooling resulting in minor speech impediments (most likely due to extra tissue in his throat); an umbilical hernia (that wasn't just an outie belly button?!); and inner-ear hearing loss due to fluid behind his ears (could also affect his speech).

So we scheduled the gamut: Tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, tubes, umbilical hernia repair. 

Leading up to the surgery was not easy. We mentally prepared for the worst but (cautiously) hoped for the best. Although his procedures were all elective and routine, it seemed so invasive. So much to put a three year old boy through. The anesthesia, the recovery, the medicine, the risks of bleeding and rushing back to the ER, the risks of dehydration. There were just so many unknowns and so much to plan for. Not to mention the emotional component of it. Do we discuss it with him in advance? How much does he need to know? And because his surgery required the ENT surgeon and general surgeon, the scheduling was complicated, and surgery was booked two and a half months out. All the knowing and anticipation wore me out. Such a big part of me didn't ever want the day to arrive, but at the same time it couldn't have come soon enough. By the end there was nothing more to prepare. We could only show up and walk through the fear. Trust in the process. Trust in ourselves that it was the right decision for our son and family. Hope and pray for the best...

Being a parent can be HARD. I can't believe it's just been over 24 hours since we returned home from the hospital. And that the toughest parenting day of my life was only yesterday. It was compounded by the months leading up to it. Frequent concerns if we were doing the right thing, all of the doctors appointments and research, fear of the outcome, sadness for the pain I knew Gio would feel.

Gio's surgery was at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, WI, and the facility, doctors and staff were amazing. Purely by luck it was schedule first thing in the morning and that helped a lot with the mandatory pre-surgery fasting (I can't tell you how much I agonized over that). There was a Child Life Specialist who used dramatic play to help Gio prepare for anesthesia. He picked out a mask, "painted" it with flavoring, put it on his pup, then on me and his dad, then himself. We did decide to talk to him about his surgery in advance, so he wasn't totally blindsided. I am still glad we took that approach—the promise of unlimited ice cream and popsicles is powerful. Gio got to pick a special pillow case and we spoiled him with Thomas Mini Train Blind Bags in the hospital. Gio was a champ until it wasn't fun anymore. He didn't want to get weighed, so threw himself on the floor. He didn't want to wear the purple jammies they gave him, "yucky Jammies," he said. He didn't want to cooperate at all. I felt and shared his unease.

Enter next tough decision: Do we give him medication for anxiety? Will that help calm him down? Does he really need it?

We talked it over with ourselves and the staff, and decided it was the right thing to do at the time. We prepped as he quickly mellowed. I donned the paper-thin blue scrubs and hat and booties. We snuggled together on the bed and were wheeled in our chariot to the OR for anesthesia. I sang him our special song (A Bushel and a Peck by Doris Day, which my Grandmother used to sing to me); I told him stories and he laughed. He was pretty loopy at this point and it was sweet and funny. I tried not to feel guilty for thinking he was being funny. I silently prayed. Thank goodness for the anti-anxiety meds because he didn't bat an eye at all the medical equipment. They pushed the hospital bed up to the operating table and gently lifted him onto it. Sweet boy even made a cute joke about "a bed for Gio and a bed for mommy" as the two beds were side by side. He didn't even object to the mask which he painted with strawberry flavoring and decorated with car stickers not long before. I sang him more songs and told him I loved him and at the very end he thrashed a bit before surrendering to sleep. The anesthesiologist told me to kiss him and leave the room. It wasn't a request and I knew I had to comply. As the Child Life Specialist escorted me out of the room it felt like someone ripped my heart out of my chest and left it bleeding on the table. I walked out like a zombie with tears streaming down my face.

The waiting is the hardest part and that was pretty much all we could do for the next two hours. My mom had flown in from California and she and my husband went to get us some food and coffee. The hospital room was empty without his bed in it. There was plenty of space to do yoga but my shoulders were so tight from the stress that I didn't want to get into a downward dog (although I'm sure it would've helped in the end). I opted for the subtler parts of my yoga and spiritual practice. I grounded myself with Pranayama deep breathing. I visualized Gio's body and tried to help heal him by meditating on his chakras that were being affected by the surgery (his sacral chakra and throat chakra). I created a strong cord between our hearts and left my heart wide open to him. I imagined a soft, pink, loving energy flowing between our hearts. I sent every guardian angel and spirit guide of mine into the room with him and saw them holding hands in a protective circle around him. I straight up knelt on the cold hospital floor and prayed out loud. And then, when my mom and Matt returned with food, I consoled myself with gluten and caffeine.

After we ate it didn't seem like long until the doc came in and announced that the surgeries were over. All went well and Gio was being awoken in the recovery room. Two of us could enter so Matt and I went in. We heard him crying, ran up to the bed and saw him writhing. We had been warned and knew this was a normal reaction for some kids when waking up from anesthesia; It didn't make it any easier. We were talking to him, touching him, caressing him. The nurse gave him some more pain medication through the IV and I jumped in the bed with him. Shortly he calmed down and slept on me, his little body collapsing to comfort. I was terrified. I was done trying to be strong. How could we do this to our baby? The guilt and responsibility I felt for his pain was magnanimous.

Fast forward one day. Gio is sleeping next to me, he is quiet, relaxed, and the only way I know he's breathing is because I can see the gentle rise-and-fall of his little belly and chest. We were forewarned that it could be some time before we see an improvement in his breathing and sleep, but his changes are immediate. His recovery has been routine and he is (dare I say it?) thriving already. Better sleep, better hearing, better speech (his voice is different and much clearer); eating, drinking, going to the bathroom. Obviously round the clock medication is extremely important for pain management. It results in sleepless nights for me and Matt but healing vibes for little G. I'm hopeful the hardest part to come will be keeping his activity levels low for the next 5 days.

This mama is experiencing healing relief, peace and gratitude and right now. Gratitude for the universe pointing us down this path. Gratitude for listening to my son's body and trusting my own intuition. Gratitude for my husband, parents, in-laws...our "village" who provided generous support and unconditional love during this time. I am most grateful for the resilience of my little guy, and how quickly his body is healing. He is on the express train to recovery and I know in my heart he will be even better than ever in just a week's time. And that will make this whole experience worth it.

With love and blessings,

Amber

Amber