The Yoga, Bellies & Babies Podcast

by Krishna Hassomal

How can you prepare for the journey of pregnancy, birth and parenthood? You can't! It's truly the one journey which can only be learnt from experience. Welcome to the Yoga, Bellies and Babies podcast! I, Krishna Hassomal, together with my guests explore the journey of pregnancy, birth and beyond through yoga, science and personal experiences. Join me for light-hearted and honest conversations with real, everyday people. Learn ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • ‘’At some point, a decision needs to be made'' A birth story with Siri Pisters

    ‘’At some point, a decision needs to be made'' A birth story with Siri Pisters

    Birth stories are powerful. I’m refraining from labelling them as positive or negative, as it comes down to how the birthing person feels. What for one person might sounds traumatic, for the other might be beautiful and empowering. I will keep the word powerful, because every single birth story is indeed powerful. Regardless of the type of birth. It’s a birth! The reason they are powerful is because we don’t see births in our daily lives, apart from TV and media which is mostly sensationalised. We tend see someone go off to hospital, come back home with a baby, leaving everything in between up to the imagination! Birth stories like in today´s episode, have the ability to give another pregnant women the confidence and belief that she can do it too. Today's episode is indeed a birth story, by Siri Pisters. Siri is here to share the story of the birth of her baby boy. In this story Siri takes us through her pregnancy, from a planned homebirth to a hospital induction. This conversation is a beautiful example of how things don’t always go as we plan, how and when decisions have to be made (and unmade!), and the importance of finding that balance between keeping and letting go of control. Thank you Siri for sharing your story, and being open and honest about the nice and not so nice moments you went through. If you’re pregnant, check out our Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Course, the Calm & Confident Mama. Use the discount code YOGABELLIESANDBABIES for a 20% off Thank you for listening! Read the full blog post -> ‘’At some point, a decision needs to be made” A birth story by Siri Pisters - Krish Yoga Share your birth story on this Podcast by emailing hello@krishyoga.com If you liked this episode, consider leaving a review on Apple Podcast Subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcast or Spotify, and never miss an episode! If you'd like to be a guest on my show, or would like to share some feedback, please get in touch! To learn more about how to work with me go to www.krishyoga.com Share your biggest takeaway on Instagram stories, and tag @krish_yoga so we can connect

  • Prenatal Yoga before Prenatal Yoga, with Tove Palmgren

    Prenatal Yoga before Prenatal Yoga, with Tove Palmgren

    ***Trigger warning*** This episode contains information about a miscarriage. Welcome to this episode with the wonderful Tove Palmgren, a Yoga teacher of over 34 years and a mum of 4. Tove is one of those women who gave birth to all her children without pain-relief. This episode is NOT about judging women who use pain relief or who don’t, the point is, she did it back when there was no such thing as prenatal yoga, birth preparation courses, hypnobirthing, etc. There were no specific tools given to her, and she’s here to tell us how she used her intuition and figured it out. Tove tells us about her parallel journeys of yoga, work and motherhood (whilst being a single mum for many years), and how these various paths have evolved throughout the years. She tells us how about a miscarriage she had, and how she reconciled it emotionally. We also talk about how to deal with this constantly changing body, from menstruation to pregnancy, postpartum and menopause, and how to sustain a yoga (or self-care!) practice with whilst we’re raising children and as we grow older. Thank you Tove for being to open and vulnerable to sharing this wisdom with us! Find out more about Tove´s upcoming Yoga retreat here: Yoga Retreats with Tove Palmgren — Tove Palmgren Thank you for listening! Read the full blog post -> Prenatal Yoga before Prenatal Yoga, with Tove Palmgren - Krish Yoga If you liked this episode, consider leaving a review on Apple Podcast or Spotify Subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcast or Spotify, and never miss an episode! If you'd like to be a guest on my show, or would like to share some feedback, please get in touch! To learn more about how to work with me go to www.krishyoga.com Share your biggest takeaway on Instagram stories, and tag @krish_yoga so we can connect

  • How to Practice Traditional Yoga in the Contemporary World, with Komal Dadlani

    How to Practice Traditional Yoga in the Contemporary World, with Komal Dadlani

    Yoga is often associated with stretching. It’s the classic ‘’Yoga is about being able to touch your toes’’. Many of us often start going to yoga classes for the physical benefits, only later to find there is so much more. 10-20 years ago, we would say things like ‘’Yes I do yoga, but I don’t go for the spiritual stuff like the ooomms and stuff, I go to move and sweat’’. And let’s face it, we all know getting into headstand is not the goal, but it pretty cool if we could right?! But, things are changing in the Yoga world. One of the reasons it’s changing is thanks to teachers like Komal Dadlani, who are there to remind us Yoga is not a physical practice. In fact, the physical asana practice is only 1 small part of Yoga. Komal is one of those teachers, who skilfully includes and introduces the spiritual teachings of Yoga in her classes. The best part? She explains very ancient spiritual teachings in a very simple and relatable language. I felt that she was a translator, so we could understand these traditional old texts and use them in our daily lives. In this episode we talk about: Mindful yoga and how it’s different to meditation What is Karma yoga and why it’s misinterpreted What are the Chakras and Gunas and how they apply to our Yoga practice Can Yoga change our personality? Is it ok to treat Yoga as a purely physical practice? The Vedas! How these texts are like personal growth manuals from the ancient times. Komal explains these deep and ancient concepts in such simple and approachable, so we can understand and include them in our daily lives. I’m sure you’ll enjoy listening to this episode!Learn more and connect with Komal Dadlani: Connect on instagram Join her Introduction to Vedanta Course or Introduction to Ayurveda Course Thank you for listening! Read the full blog post -> https://www.krishyoga.com/how-to-practice-traditional-yoga-in-the-contemporary-world-with-komal-dadlani/ If you liked this episode, consider leaving a review on Apple Podcast Subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcast or Spotify, and never miss an episode! If you'd like to be a guest on my show, or would like to share some feedback, please get in touch! To learn more about how to work with me or my programs, go to www.krishyoga.com Share your biggest takeaway on Instagram stories, and tag @krish_yoga so we can connect

  • Navigating the Peri-menopause Journey, with Sally Parkes

    Navigating the Peri-menopause Journey, with Sally Parkes

    Last summer, I found myself asking my mum, "Is this peri-menopause?". I was having lots of hot flushes and sweating. Her response was, "No, you’ve forgotten what Spanish summers are like and you're breastfeeding!" She might have been right. Who knows? This summer I’m pregnant, and my body is going through something else! However, I’d rather be prepared for peri-menopause and learn how to manage this new phase of myself whenever it decides to come! I also realised that I know NOTHING about it. The first time I heard about Peri-menopause was on TV. I was watching the Netflix show, ‘’Working Mums’’ where the main character comes home from the doctors and says, in shock, that she has ‘’peri-f*ing-menopause’’! In today’s episode we’re on a slightly different path, and shifting our focus from pregnancy and postpartum to peri-menopause and menopause. Especially for this, we have Sally Parkes, an expert in woman’s health yoga and also a Yoga teacher trainer. Sally has expanded her prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher trainings to also include a Yoga for Menopause Teacher Training. As an added perspective, Sally is going through peri-menopause herself, giving us a firsthand insight into what it’s really like. In this episode we delve into: Various aspects of peri-menopause and menopause, including hormonal changes taking place. Sally’s personal experience as she’s entering Peri-menopause. From her physical and emotional symptoms to how it impacts her work and her life as a single mum raising two daughters. Comparisons and relationships between peri-menopause and pregnancy and postpartum. Hormonal changes during peri-menopause, how they impact how we perform different exercises and what Yoga for Menopause looks like. Sally’s take on Hormone Replacement Therapy and other products which are promoted by media. How to handle the often negative emotions arising from our changing bodies and the outside world's perceptions during this phase of life. This episode was truly enlightening! Sally courageously opens up about the reality on Peri-menopause - physically, emotionally, hormonally and even from society’s perspective! Learn more about Sally and her Trainings here:Sally Parkes Pregnancy, Menopause, Postnatal, Fertility Yoga Teacher Training (sallyparkesyoga.com) Thank you for listening! Read the full blog post -> https://www.krishyoga.com/navigating-the-peri-menopause-journey-with-sally-parkes/ If you liked this episode, consider leaving a review on Apple Podcast Subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcast or Spotify, and never miss an episode! If you'd like to be a guest on my show, or would like to share some feedback, please get in touch! To learn more about how to work with me go to www.krishyoga.com Share your biggest takeaway on Instagram stories, and tag @krish_yoga so we can connect

  • A Personal Trainer For The Woman’s Soul, with Lisa Garber.

    A Personal Trainer For The Woman’s Soul, with Lisa Garber.

    After becoming a mother. I found myself at a loss when faced with the typical ‘’So, what do you do?’’. Yes I was still ‘’doing’’ my professional job, but I was also doing a lot more! I had to re-evaluate what this meant for my purpose and identity. Fast forward 5 years and much soul-searching and therapy, I now run an online yoga business and am a podcaster. To get started on this new journey, I joined a business coaching programme led by Susanne Rieker. Initially, I expected to learn all about the online world, sales, marketing, and how to turn my hobby, and part-time side hustle, Yoga, into a profitable and scalable business. To my surprise, this business programme also included monthly Mindset Coaching sessions with a life-coach, Lisa Garber. I questioned the purpose of these sessions. Wasn’t the focus supposed to be on developing a business, and not therapy? Well, I couldn’t have more wrong. Just like becoming a mother, starting a business challenges you in every aspects of your life. It presents an opportunity to face our inner demons: What will others think of me? What if nobody shows up? What if I fail? The guilt of spending my time and energy between the children and this online business. So many other inner mind-demons unexpectedly emerged as I entered the world of entrepreneurship and motherhood. These mind-set coaching sessions with Lisa quickly became the highlight of the month! Lisa is a certified life and executive coach who has been passionately helping people find personal fulfillment for over 25 years. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute. Lisa believes everyone has greatness in them, it just takes an insightful and kind hand to help them realize it. Lisa has coached individuals, teams and groups throughout the world. She is known for encouraging her clients to embrace a much greater life, one full of possibilities, fulfillment and joy. In each of our monthly sessions, Lisa worked her magic, empowering us to realise this potential. And now, you get to listen in to this magic! We discuss Lisa’s fascinating journey from singer/songwriter to psychotherapy to life-coaching Why Lisa chooses to focus on coaching women. How Lisa blends psychology, life coaching and spirituality in her work The significance and approach to ‘’finding yourself’’ Experiences from coaching mothers: the common challenges of freedom, shame and guilt self-sacrifice The origins of our so called-identity Techniques for discovering your purpose and elevating your consciousness This episode is a treasure chest full of rich content. We share lots of personal stories, experiences, fascinating anecdotes and practical advice on finding one’s Self and purpose. Get ready to enjoy a genuine, meaningful and honest conversation, sprinkled with moments of laughter! How to work with Lisa Train to become a Life Coach with Lisa https://blissom.ca/certification-programs/life-coaching-certificate/ Reach Lisa through email at lisa@lisagarber.com , Instagram @lisagarbercoaching and on her website https://lisagarber.com Thank you for listening!