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  Sunday, May 24, 2009
Amazing Grace
Meeting Grace
I recently met someone who radiates the personification of the literal term "Amazing Grace", in my opinion. This person is a yoga student of mine in my prenatal class at Yo Mama Yoga in Santa Monica. She came to my class for the first time just a few days after losing her baby in a miscarriage. As we went around the room, having each mom-to-be introduce herself by telling us her name, how far along she was in her pregnancy, where she was giving birth, and who was "catching" her baby, my special student in turn explained that she was there to absorb the good energy of the room filled with babies. She hoped that this peace would allow her to one day become pregnant again. Having just had a very good friend lose a baby, and having seen her go through the emotional trauma of an event like this, I was touched and honored to have this new student there.

What People Don't Know

As quoted from the Hope Exchange, a support and source of information for those dealing with pregnancy loss (http://www.hopexchange.com):

"Sadly, miscarriages are a very common occurrence. Sources vary, but many estimate that approximately one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage; and some estimates are as high as one in three."

What is even sadder is that our culture often doesn't like to speak about such delicate topics. At http://www.allaboutlifechallenges.org, they say that:

"Miscarriage would be much easier if a weight of silence did not hang over the topic. The silence permeating the topic causes more psychological pain for the grieving mother since she is unable to mourn openly and properly. The grieving process provides much healing to the emotional and mental health of the woman and without it, she finds, she suffers alone."

Seeing Grace Again
A few months later, "Grace" walked into my yoga class again, and this time she proudly told the class that she was 18 weeks pregnant and was delivering at UCLA Medical Center.

I was so happy for her that I almost skipped home after class. Her strength and ability to "get back on that horse" created a feeling of not only admiration, but also inspiration to continue when we think the world has left us. She knew that the best thing her body needed in order to get pregnant again was mind-rest, and what better place to get that but in prenatal yoga.

Grace is defined as "the exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition to benefit or serve another"
. My student has done this for herself and for her baby. It is for this that I am amazed.

Posted by Ingrid on 05/24 at 08:30 AM
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  Sunday, May 03, 2009
Turning The Corner
Yesterday, I signed a deal with the largest independent DVD distributor in the world. My marketing and distribution chores of the past year were lifted off my shoulders with one quick John Hancock. It was something that I had been dreaming about, yet waiting to do, since I started Yoga to Have Fun.

Why I Waited?
I knew that I wanted my DVDs to reach a large audience. My goal has always been to bring yoga to families across the world and into their homes, allowing for increasing communication and support among family members.

Getting the DVDs into large retail stores is certainly one of the best ways to do it.
To sell international rights, I relied on my training in international business, my passion for working with people of various backgrounds, and my working with one of the best film sales agents in LA from whom I got the contacts, learned which trade shows were important to my business, and how to best market the DVDs.

It has been a fun ride. A year ago, I approached Bayview Entertainment to speak about their terms, but it seemed the timing just wasn’t right for them. Then, last week I got a call from them, saying they were looking for products targeting an older generation and I knew this was the right time.

What This Means?
With this signature, my DVDs will now be sold in large retail stores and on websites nationally and internationally. Bayview Entertainment distributes their products at Wal-Mart, Tesco, Kmart and other large retail stores. Under the contract I keep the rights to DVDs sold on my website, but will enjoy the expanded sales distribution to reach homes everywhere.

Where Are We Going?
The contract frees up my time to focus on other parts of my life and business. I can now consider a TV format for either an on-line or standard television channel. Or, there are partnerships to be made with other wonderful leaders in the world of health and wellness for children.

When I ask myself, where are we headed this spring? I'm reassured by one of my favorite bloggers, Aimee Shea, who says, “we need only to go within, support ourselves and continue to work on creating nurturing environments that support us, so that when the change does come that we have been waiting for, we will be grounded, settled and ready for whatever that change looks like (as it always is different from what we expect!)”

I look forward to hearing what awaits you too this spring.

Namaste,
Ingrid

Posted by Ingrid on 05/03 at 08:53 PM
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