Yoga Harbord Street Toronto

Yoga Harbor | Help create a safe, sacred space to support moms through yoga

Short Summary

Hello! I’m Kerri, wife and mother, yoga teacher and doula.  After having my daughter, Iris, I went through a tough time of great anxiety and deep depression. While I did hear of postpartum depression, I didn’t understand it completely and minimized my perceived risk. However, I was clearly at risk. I had been diagnosed with clinical depression in the past and during the early part of my pregnancy I had, what I now know, was antenatal depression. 

Now, I know that I am not alone. 1 in 7 women suffer with perinatal mood disorders (including depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, and a small group with psychosis).  Some are dying.

Having postpartum depression and anxiety was like sitting in a dragons mouth – one move and it would swallow me. It was a paralyzing and lonely experience. Eventually, with time and yoga, I was able to break through some of that isolation and find a more peaceful outlook on motherhood and life. This was also with support of friends and family.

Some women need more including mental health counseling and/or medication.  Every mom is different, but I believe every mom could benefit from yoga and mindfulness instruction and at the very least, as safe, supportive community. 

This is what I want to build and about a year ago I introduced Out of the Blue Yoga for this purpose. The first year, I was able to reach around 70 prenatal and postnatal moms with yoga. I want to do more. My husband, Isaac, works multiple jobs to support my dream of building Out of the Blue Yoga. The purchase of Yoga Harbor gives me the space to legitimize Out of the Blue Yoga and more flexibility to DO more and HELP more moms find their way out of the blue. 

 

What We Need & What You Get

The money raised in this campaign will help us with the creation of the right space for families in the Clearwater-Largo community at our newly purchased, Yoga Harbor studio. Out of the Blue Yoga is a program within the studio. While classes are held for the entire community, we wish to build special moms room to provide services such as mindfulness classes, support groups, private prenatal and postpartum class, mother roasting services, massage, and doula consultation. Our main yoga room will provide group prenatal and mommy and me yoga classes as well as space for child birth classes, prenatal yoga instructor trainings, and birth/parent- related work shops. 

Your gift will go towards:

  • the buildout of the moms room and adding amenities for the comforts of moms and babies
  • re-painting, re-furnishing, and redesigning the lobby, moms room, and yoga room.
  • setting up added security to create the safest space possible
  • floor cleaning
  • purchase and install of new signage
  • enhancing the front porch and grounds surrounding the studio
  • assisting with buy-in cost of business
  • Any extra funds will go towards marketing expenses.

Perks!

Depending on the amount your gift will get you services and products offered by myself and the studio, including yoga instruction, massage, t-shirts, and more.

If we do not make that goal, we will push on with less and put the donations towards the most needed expenses. 
 

The Impact

I want to offer moms a support system and community.  Often what is lacking is support and understanding of the difficulties of adjusting to motherhood. 1 in 7 go through it, many more are silent. I want to offer moms tools and options, so no one feels like they have none. I want to build a bridge (with yoga, essentially) between that mom and any other professional help she may need by continuing to build relationships with resources in the Tampa Bay area. 

Research and studies are starting to show the benefits of yoga to pregnant and new mothers in terms of reduction of physical pain, stress levels, and anxiety.  I believe we can have the same results.

http://www.ctcpjournal.com/article/S1744-3881(1… 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.15…

Risks & Challenges

My biggest challenge is financial support. I have enjoyed building connections in this community and will continue to form more. I also have a great business partner, Melissa, whom supports my vision for Out of the Blue Yoga. However, in order to make the greatest impact and create longevity for Out of the Blue Yoga program and Yoga Harbor studio, we will need as much financial support as possible.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are not in a position to contribute financially, please consider using Indiegogo’s share tools to share this campaign with your friends, family, neighbors and associates.  

 

THANK YOU!

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