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A Space Built Just for You!


We’re Not Just a Workout, We’re Your Home. If you’ve visited our homepage you’ve read this phrase. Today we want to tell you a little more about what this means to us here at Freya Movement. One of the reasons that we’re passionate about working with the prenatal and postpartum population is that we feel so strongly the struggle you face when trying to find spaces that are built just for you. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you and all your best friends could align your personal, professional and fertile timelines perfectly to become pregnant at the same time? Or wouldn’t it be amazing if there was more awareness and understanding in our communities about what the pregnancy and postpartum experience brings up for folks as they navigate this exciting, radically life altering, exhausting and often isolating time? Let’s face it: Don’t we wish we lived in a world that supported, lifted up and accommodated the needs, lifestyles and experiences of those who get pregnant, give birth and parent? Yes. We do. And we know that you are here because you do too. We’ve heard from our clients time and time again:

  • "I went to my regular workout class and they just told me not to do sit ups."

  • "I didn’t know what I could and couldn’t do in class, so I just did squats the whole time."

  • "I took a prenatal yoga class and it was… good… but all we did was breathe… not really a workout."

THIS is why we created Freya Movement.


We’ve also heard things like:

  • "I feel so alone. No one in my friend group or family has had a baby yet."

  • "My schedule has changed ever since my baby arrived and I’m trying really hard to make mom friends, but it’s not easy."

  • "I’m not feeling quite like myself and so I’m trying to find some support during this time."


 

A Little Personal Story...

When I experienced severe pelvic floor dysfunction several years ago I was in the lowest moment of my life to date. I was in so much pain that it was difficult for me to do any daily tasks. I spent a lot of time in bed, wondering if I would ever be out of pain and feel like myself again. During that time, and mostly because it was such an all encompassing experience, I told A LOT of people about what I was going through. Family, friends, acquaintances… it was very hard to go anywhere and be faced with the question, “how are you?” or “what are you up to?” without telling at least some of my story at the time because of just how much this experience was the main focus of my world at the time. I was scared, embarrassed, ashamed. And I felt like I had no choice really. But then, something happened wonderful happened. The more people I told, the more people told me that they knew someone who was experiencing something similar or had… and a few times it was even their own current or past experience. I was blown away by how many people had a story similar to mine that I never would have known had I not been open and shared my truth. And you know what? This information… knowing that I was not, in fact, the only person in the world feeling the way I was feeling… it helped! Tremendously! It brought me out of the darkness. It showed me a light at the end of the tunnel. It gave me hope and a soft place to turn. It encouraged me to keep seeking treatment, fighting for answers and sharing my story. Because if the knowledge that there was someone else experiencing the kind of pain that I was could help me… surely I could help someone else.

 

I mention this at the end of class, during our meditation moment, quite often.. Take a moment. Look around the room and send energy and love and light to those who are gathered here in movement with you. Start to feel the energy from the other Freya Family members in the room. It’s valuable to show up in community with others and share your story. There’s so much comfort to be found. There are so many answers to your questions. There are so many ways to feel seen, understood and supported. There are so many recommendations for breast pumps, and pediatricians, and the best stroller to be given. If we are brave enough to share our story we just might find that we are not alone. There is always someone, somewhere going through something similar. We are more alike than we all seem. This is why we are passionate about building a community of pregnant, postpartum and parents here at Freya Movement Studio. This is the space that we want to create. At Freya Movement Studio, not only are our workouts designed scientifically to serve you and your body's needs, but we are holding space for your mind, soul and spirit too. The Freya Movement Studio classroom is safe for all of you. It's safe for your questions, your dreams, your fears, your celebrations, your disappointments.... your stories. How cool is it to look around the room and know that everyone on the mat knows what it feels like to grow a life? We want you to meet lifelong friends and make parent connections in class. We want you to tell it like it is in your first class back as you're reconnecting to the world, yourself and your body. We want you to ask us where to turn for mental health support. We want to be the place you come to make your new mom friends. This is so important to us that it impacts every single choice we make as a new, growing community. If you're looking for a place like this, too, welcome home. We're so glad you are here! xo Jenny

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