Wow, what a summer! It has been such a fun summer, full of new possibilites, great times with friends and sometimes exhausting inspiration. I have so much new information to share with you all. One really, really exciting opportunity is that I have been asked to collaborate with University of Michigan in researching how mindful yoga during pregnancy can reduce depression and anxiety. Their first studies results is very promising…now they are planning a randomized control trial (this is the creme de la creme of research trials) that takes pregnant women who suffer from depression, anxiety or PTSD and offer them either a 10 week yoga session (being taught in Ann Arbor), or an at home yoga DVD (yes…this is my DVD…eek!!!!) or the last group sadly receives nothing as they will be the control group. You can read more about the latest study in this article here.
In addition to this, I have started my private counselling practice. As a MSW (master of social work) graduate and a registered social worker, I am hoping to offer an integrative experience, using traditional therapeutic methods as well as more traditional yoga and meditation techniques. I really believe the combination of the two will offer most people a very transformative experience in therapy. I can bill extended health care, so call your insurance company and see if you are covered. You can also find out more info here… www.laurelhicks.com
In addition to this, I will be holding a Mindful Parenting class with some of the city’s parenting experts! If you would like a one-stop solution to a lot of your parenting questions…this is the course for you! We will cover vaccines, co-sleeping, baby massage, stress and coping techniques and many more topics. Hurry up, because the class begins on Sept 13th and there is only room for 10 parents. http://www.thefamilywellnesscentre.com/parenting-education.html
And lastly…here is some other cool things coming up:
Yoga Detox 4 day retreat on Pelee Island – Sept 20-23 – 3 spots left (some extended health care plans may be utilized)
Yoga Retreat – 5 day intensive in Harrow (Oxley) Holy Family Retreat Centre – January 16 – 20, 2013
Yoga Nidra (15 minutes is equal to 1 hr of sleep!) – Friday Oct 19th 7-8:30pm @ Breathe Pilates and Fitness, $20. & Sunday Nov 11th 7:30-9, Downtown Yoga.
Mindful Parenting 7 week course – Sept 13th, Be Well, $100 / couple
3 hr Prenatal Yoga Workshop for teachers and pregnant mom – Sept 29th 1-4pm, Yoga Medics, West Bloomfield, MI
Thank you all for your continued support, I would love to hear your feedback…or if you would like to share your birth story in the next newsletter, just send me an email with it!