On today’s episode, Taylor is joined by Jennica Joyce, a prenatal yoga teacher and mama of three to talk all about prenatal yoga. She hosts yoga retreats at her home in Joshua Tree, as well as helps birthing people to calm their jitters and strengthen their bodies as they bring new life into this world. Jennica shares the story of her first birth, where her little one waited until almost 43 weeks to make his appearance hearthside, and how her experiences with prenatal yoga empowered her to have a positive birth experience where she felt calm and in charge while trusting her intuition to meet her needs and the needs of her baby. Since recording this episode, Jennica has given birth to her third child, a beautiful baby girl.
“You kinda have to tap into your intuition. I think that’s where yoga really comes in.” – Jennica Joyce
“What really kind of bothered me – it had nothing to do with the health of me and my baby. It was purely a number.” – Jennica Joyce
“I had to trust my own instincts. Thats where really I think my yoga became a little deeper because it becomes much more than just physical. It’s really your mind space.” – Jennica Joyce
“It gave me the thought of how powerful our mind is when it comes to birth. I had to like let go of control in order for things to progress.” – Jennica Joyce
“The right mindset is our power to dictate our reality.” – Jennica Joyce
“Western yoga really focuses more on the physical part of it… We have a yoga-sutra guide that’s thousands of years old. And only 10% of it is physical. And I think prenatal yoga kind of gives you the chance to other areas, you know. Breath work, mind work, that real true deep connection.” – Jennica Joyce
“We carry our babies almost 24/7 with us, but sometimes we don’t always take the time to connect with them.” – Jennica Joyce
“A lot of partners don’t feel like they’re very useful, so to find ways that they can be useful leading up and during labor is huge!” – Jennica Joyce
“We really want partners to realize they CAN be an advocate. They’re ALLOWED to have a voice when the birthing person can’t!” – Taylor Garcia
“And finding what works best for you! Because what works best for me may not be what works best for you.” – Jennica Joyce
“I think prenatal yoga, and yoga in general encourages you to find your own path. You know, here’s a guide, but really you’re your own best teacher. And that’s the mindset you need to be your best version as a mom, too.” – Jennica Joyce
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Today’s guest: Jennica Joyce
Jennica started teaching Prenatal Yoga in 2017 after her first exhausting and exhilarating birth experience. Her son took his sweet time, waiting almost 3 weeks past his due date to emerge.
She has since helped dozens of tired mamas-to-be get real sleep, relieve pain naturally, and connect with their best teacher, themself.
Her mission is to help women go from just getting through pregnancy – to gaining ground during it with more energy and focus than ever.
She joyfully lives in Joshua Tree, California, with her Swedish husband, two boys (ages 2 and almost 4), and baby girl.
Besides helping pregnant women bounce forward into motherhood, she spends her free time hiking in her backyard among a desert forest, creating happy boost playlists that make ya wanna dance, and teaching a fitness class to local seniors using zoom with her boys by her side.
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Who are Elle and Taylor?
Elle Kennedy is a maternity, birth, and family photographer and doula based in Orange County, California. She’s a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for consent and respect for personal preferences during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. She homeschools, is polyamorous, loves tea and scones, and loves using her free time to create and bake.
Dr. Taylor Garcia is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.
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