"Post partum anxiety struck after the birth of my 2nd child"

"Post partum anxiety struck after the birth of my 2nd child"

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Meet Whitney @brave_lotus_yoga sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us 💚

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"With the help of a nurse when we came home from the hospital, I was recovering, sleeping, spending time with my husband & daughter (so she wouldn’t feel left out) & NOT breastfeeding.  After all of the suffering I endured for 5 painful weeks trying to breast feed my daughter (i.e. tongue tie, lip tie, double mastitis - to name a few!) - I decided I didn’t need to go down that road with my son

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THIS I thought was the best way to outsmart the hormones.  I wouldn’t breastfeed & therefore, I wouldn’t feel trapped & depressed like I did the first time around.  I wouldn’t feel the crippling anxiety & depression I felt when I became a mother for the first time.  Mom plans = the universe laughs, & hands you whatever you were meant to go through

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The baby nurse left & I had such bad anxiety that one night as everyone was peacefully sleeping in my house (even my newborn) - I contemplated jumping out the second floor window of my guest room.  The anxiety was so tremendous I couldn’t stand to be laying down & the bed felt like it was shaking. I had no intention of taking my life, I just wanted to feel a break, a sprain, something to JOLT the shaking & anxiety out of me, for the feeling to stop. Thats when i knew i had to get help

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With a great support system, I got on the right medication & began to work out again.  I returned to my yoga practice after many years of  dabbling on and off the mat.  I took a hot yoga class at the gym & I was hooked.  Eventually, I found a wonderful studio to practice in

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Yoga gave me the permission to slow my mind down & focus on the breath.  It taught me how to listen to my body & not try to outsmart it by going 100 miles per hour

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In January '18 I decided to pursue 200 Hour YTT with a private mentor.  That May, almost exactly one year from the time I gave birth to my son, I passed my final.  I still have a ton more work to do, but quite simply yogasavedmy life, & I'm now sharing the gift of yoga with others, moms, anyone who may need the support ❤🙏