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We love yoga and yoga for Fertility! There are still a few slots available for the upcoming couples workshop.5 yoga poses for fertility seattle

In a Harvard-based study, women participating in a yoga and relaxation program increased their chances of pregnancy by almost 3 times.

Yoga for Fertility classes and workshops are specifically designed for women or couples who are trying to conceive, either naturally or through assisted reproductive techniques. The class environment is small and supportive, and all levels of yoga experience are welcome. Weekly classes are women only.

For more information about the classes, please go to http://www.yogaforfertility.net

Yoga for Fertility Classes Spring 2019

Thursdays: 7:00- 8:15 p.m. March 7 – April 25 (8 wks)

Sundays: 5:30-6:45 p.m. March 10 – April 28 (8 wks) Classes meet at the Hatha Yoga Center in the University District, Seattle. Pre-registration is required for weekly class series.

Register at: http://www.yogaforfertility.net

Couples Yoga for Fertility Workshop: Saturday, March 9, 1:30-4:30 in Seattle.

More info and registration at: http://yogaforfertility.net/retreats-and-workshops

Private Yoga Instruction & Holistic Fertility Coaching: Available by appointment. For more information, go to http://www.yogaforfertility.net or email: lynn@yogaforfertility.net or call Lynn: 206-729-0606

Testimonial from a recent “Graduate”: I wanted to share with you the good news that I am pregnant! I just entered into the second trimester and everything is looking great! You and your yoga class was so incredibly helpful to me. It connected me to my body in new ways that really helped me heal from my miscarriages and prepare my body for future pregnancies. It also introduced me to wonderful supportive people that have been a huge part of my coping during this journey. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and stories with me. I am very grateful. B.L.S.

About the Instructor: Lynn Jensen, E-RYT, RPYT, C-IAYT, MBA is a registered yoga instructor, and a certified Yoga Therapist. She has been teaching yoga since 1997, and developed the Yoga for Fertility program in 2002. Since then, she has helped nearly 2,000 women and couples on their paths to parenthood. Lynn is co-author of the book “Yoga and Fertility, a Journey to Health and Healing”, and 3 DVD’s “Yoga for Fertility, Simple Practices for Fertility Support”, as well as as Spanish-language version of this DVD; and “Yoga for Healthy Hormones”. These are available on her website, on Amazon.com, and in bookstores. Lynn is also a certified Energy Medicine Yoga instructor, and a student of ZY Qigong. Find out more at: http://www.yogaforfertility.net

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At Seattle Fertility Acupuncture located in Glow Natural Health we are passionate about helping couples have babies. We recommend yoga for fertility in conjunction with acupuncture and lifestyle changes to improve fertility. Yoga for Fertility classes and workshops are designed for women or couples who are trying to conceive, either naturally or through assisted reproductive technology. In a Harvard-based study, women participating in a yoga and relaxation program increased their chances of pregnancy by almost 3 times. The class environment is small and supportive, and all levels of yoga experience are welcomed.

Yoga for Fertility Weekly Classes: May-June, 2015

Thursday evening in Seattle: 5:30- 6:45 p.m., April 30-June 25

Saturday morning in Seattle: 9:45 -11:00 a.m., May 2- June 27

Saturday classes in Redmond: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. May 2 – June 27

Pre-registration is required for weekly class series. Class fee is $185 for 8 week sessions. No drop-ins.

Register at: www.yogaforfertility.net

Individual Yoga for Fertility Instruction and Holistic Fertility. Coaching always available by appointment. For more information and pricing, go to. www.yogaforfertility.net or email: lynn@yogaforfertility.net or call Lynn: 206-729-0606

Couple’s Yoga for Fertility Workshop: Sat, June 6, 1:30-4:30

The Hatha Yoga Center, University District, Seattle

This fun workshop is designed specifically for couples who are facing fertility challenges together.  With a focus on simple poses, breathing practices and relaxation, we will learn techniques to offset stress, and release physical and mental tension. Learn new fertility- supporting yoga practices together!   No prior yoga experience required.  $95/couple. Register and more info at http://www.yogaforfertility.net.

Women’s Fertility Retreat: Finding Joy on the Journey

October 9-11, 2015 Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center, Duvall, WA

This very special retreat is co-led by Lynn Jensen,E-RYT, MBA, Yoga for Fertility instructor, and Carol Knoph, M.Ed., fertility counselor and director of Mind/Body programs at Seattle area fertility clinics. The retreat is open to all women currently trying to conceive. Retreat cost of $425 includes instruction and all meals. For more information or to register: www.yogaforfertility.net or email Lynn at: lynn@yogaforfertility.net

About the Instructor: Lynn Jensen, E-RYT, RPYT, MBA is a registered yoga instructor with the national Yoga Alliance, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been teaching yoga since 1997, and developed the Yoga for Fertility program in 2002. She is co-author of “Yoga and Fertility, a Journey to Health and Healing”, which is available on her website, on Amazon.com, and in bookstores. In addition to weekly Yoga for Fertility classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings, she also teaches Yoga for Women classes at Microsoft and other locations.

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Have you noticed the new Therapeutic Gemstone Jewelry at the reception desk at Glow?  Many of the pieces address female health concerns, including fertility, pregnancy, birth and post partum recovery.  One stone you will find in many of these pieces is Unakite, a little known stone used especially for fertility, pregnancy and birth.  Unakite is a type of jasper, olive green and peach color and is found in the Unaka’s mountains in North Carolina, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.  It nourishes both mother and child throughout pregnancy and birth and many doulas like to have some in the roomfertility jewelry seattle for labor and delivery.  If you have any questions about Unakite, or any of the other gems in the jewelry at Glow, feel free to talk with Holly about them.

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Any of you who’ve been in to see me recently know I been pretty excited about a “new to me” product. I was shopping for groceries and was about to grab a container of chicken broth when I did a double take. There, nestled above the chicken and turkey broth in neat, friendly rows was chicken and turkey bone broth. It stood like a fairytale knight in shining armor proudly saving my family and patients from the dreaded scourge nutritional depletion.

Seriously though I love the stuff and make it myself often. I use either beef or chicken bones and then make soup. It keeps me and my family happy and healthy, especially through the winter season. It’s a great immune system strengthener, high in protein, collagen and minerals and builds the qi and blood. I often prescribe it to my patients but most don’t make and drink it as often as they need to for it to be effective. I especially love it for those struggling with fertility, those with overall weaknbone broth in Seattle WAess, tendon or ligament injuries or postpartum women. Kids love it too and it’s great for those following a GAPS diet.

Here’s the thing. It’s a no brainer. I compared the nutritional content of the regular broth to the bone broth. Regular broth has 1 gram of protein in 1 cup and bone broth has 14!!Are you worried about the taste? Don’t be. The taste is very similar to regular broth and it’s delicious. Now there are no excuses people! If you don’t have time to make it yourself, you can buy it premade. Just heat, add salt (it’s low in sodium), any other yummy veggies or meat (optional) and you have a delicious fortified drink.

bone stock in Seattle WA

The ages old East Asian medical season is fast becoming the next big trend. It’s already hit LA , Portland and even Kobe Bryant is drinking it.

So pick some up at your local market or make some yourself.

Lindsey Lawson Acupuncture in Seattle WALindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist and Seattle Pediatric Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living, food and is a regular blogger.  For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015Service for Early Pregnancy loss in Seattle WA

5:00 pm

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Chapel

4805 NE 45th Street

Seattle, WA 98105

If you or someone you know has suffered from pregnancy loss, infant loss, abortion, and/or

fertility struggles, please join us in the St. Stephen’s Chapel for a meditative candlelight service

of prayer, quiet, and hope in the new year. This is open to everyone affected by loss:

individuals, couples, family, and friends.

For more information, please contact The Rev. Danáe Ashley at:

revdanae@ststephens-seattle.org or 425.248.9224.

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heartuterusconnectionEvery acupuncture treatment addresses your emotions. Chinese Medicine does not view them as separate from physical health. The state of your emotions, especially those of the “heart” directly impacts your reproductive system via the Chong meridian.

The Chong is an internal meridian that connects the “heart” and the “uterus.” In Chinese medicine the “uterus” is a term used to encompass the uterus and lining, ovaries and eggs, fallopian tubes, cervix and vagina. Any reproductive imbalance can be affected by this connection. Many of us feel this connection between our feelings and “uterus” intuitively. For others the connection is not so obvious.

In Chinese Medicine the “heart” can be thought of as the pituitary gland.  From this reductionist view the Chong then relates to the Hypothalamic/Pituitary Axis and is deeply impacted by stressful emotional states. When there is trauma, weakness or excess stress, the heart spirit can be injured. It can then disrupt the healthy functioning of the uterus. The stagnant energy can block the flow of energy and blood to the uterus. It can also travel down the Chong and harass the uterus causing menstrual irregularities and hampering fertility. This imbalance can also be felt through such symptoms and heart palpitations, insomnia, hot flashes, or emotional volatility and heartache.

Sometimes women feel that their stress shouldn’t impact the functioning of their reproductive system. That it can remain separate. We know that this isn’t true based on studies of the hypothalamic pituitary axis. This endocrine pathway can get disrupted by stress causing many types of reproductive and fertility issues. The heart and uterus connection is an easy way to visualize this system and the impact your emotions can have on it.

By meditating and tuning in to the feelings associated with these areas of your body you can unblock and strengthen vital energy that is important for a happy reproductive system and for conception. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can also open up energy in the Chong, regulate the Hypothalamic/Pituitary axis and balance the emotions.

Lindsey Lawson Acupuncture in Seattle WALindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist. She is passionate about healthy, happy living, food and is a regular blogger.  For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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MTHFR testing at Glow Seattle WAIt’s hard to find a clear explanation of methylation defects out there. This is because they are only just being recognized (though NDs have been trained about this for years) and it’s also quite complicated. Methylation can be thought of as activation. So, while vitamins are cofactors for numerous actions in the body, many of them need to be methylated (activated) in order to work. We all have gene mutations that we don’t know about and one of those is a possible defect in activation of folic acid, or MTHFR defect. About 50% of people seem to have this (think about the common knowledge of folic acid deficiency and neural tube defects in babies).

• When we don’t activate folic acid well, this leads to a buildup of homocysteine, which is associated with heart disease.

• Research has shown that treating  those who have genetic defects in methylation can help with depression.

• Defects in methylation have also been associated with pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Methylation helps to make the myelin sheath on nerves, the equivalent of wire coating. Defects in methylation can lead to increased pain sensitivity.

• Methylation is one way that the body detoxifies (gets rid of toxins). When we give the activated forms of the vitamins, we can start detoxification pathways that have been sluggish for a long time and therefore experience side effects.

• Another place that methylation works is in DNA repair. Our DNA breaks and is repaired all the time. Cancer happens when DNA breaks and isn’t repaired properly. So, proper methylation can help to prevent cancer.

It’s important to remember that this is not the answer for everything. Just because you have the genetic defect doesn’t mean that you will actually have the problem. In addition, we need to factor in things like other genetic defects, hormone imbalance, thyroid and adrenal function, toxicity, gut health, blood sugar balance, nutrient deficiencies, and mental health needs. Side effects of methyl folate without necessary cofactors can include aches, headaches, insomnia, irritability, acne, skin rash, anxiety, and nausea. It is important to take dosing slowly; the proper schedule can take months. Side effects can be due to improperly pushing detoxification or to other genetic defects not being accounted for.

Other possible genetic defects include trouble breaking down homocysteine, trouble breaking down the brain’s adrenaline, trouble processing serotonin (involved with mood), trouble processing B12, trouble with other liver detox pathways, trouble making the calming brain chemical GABA, and trouble breaking down histamine (involved in allergies and brain stimulation).

Because of the complicated nature of these issues, it is best to approach them with a provider who is trained in this area. I do genetic and/or blood testing and interpret the results in the context of your whole health picture as we take a comprehensive approach to your treatment plan.

Candace McNaughton, ND  Trained as a family practitioner to address acute and chronic conditions, Dr. McNaughton focuses on autoimmune disease, allergies, and digestive issues.  She facilitates healing as a knowledgeable guide and partner, helping her patients make lasting changes and achieve health goals.  She graduated from Bastyr University in 2003.

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