Pre-Natal Yoga Reasons

Prenatal Yoga provides many benefits to the pregnant mom. Class provides a place for moms to meet other like minded people. Moms can ask questions of other moms about being pregnant, or seek advice in a community of non-judgement, non competitiveness an no expectations. No expectations in this context means being content with the now.

When you exercise alone you may not have the motivation to continue so  a prenatal yoga class provides the motivation to continue through out the pregnancy. The benefits are well worth it. The flexibility practiced in prenatal yoga provides a potentially easier birth and or a smoother recovery. The strength that is built in the class will help with additional demands on the body from baby weight, breast enlargement and lower back pain. After the birth the additional strength will aid in lifting your baby from the crib, car or floor without potentially harming.

We use several different methods of meditation to help with the birthing process. In the past we have taught a breathing exercise to ease the discomfort of birthing, now we have several options of pranayama to offer the mothers. As with everything in this life one doesn’t fit all. We also introduce scent awareness, sound awareness and visual aids so the mother can find a perfect fit for her needs in order to handle the stress of birthing.

Savasana provides the perfect retreat for the expecting mom. Traditional corpse posed is switched to a more appropriate position. I use in my teaching two options that are called Throne and propped side corpse, I give the mom the option to use them both and they choose which they would like to practice savasana. Throne was loved so much by one expectant mom that she reconstructed the  Throne at home to meditate.

Prenatal Yoga has many benefits for the pregnant mom, with so many options available to the mom there is always something to fit her needs. Check out Prenatal Yoga in your area an ask to visit a class to learn more. You can always get YA certification in Prenatal Yoga through Tittibha Prenatal Yoga Training School. Check them out on the web.

This and Yoga is a great form of Prenatal Excercise

No one — not your doctor, midwife, or even your mother — can reliably predict how your labor will progress. Fortunately, there are a few exercises you can do now to help prepare your body for what’s to come.


Kegel exercises are small internal contractions of the pelvic floor muscles that support your urethra, bladder, uterus, and rectum. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles improves circulation to your rectal and vaginal area, helping to keep hemorrhoids at bay and speeding healing after an episiotomy or tear, if you have one during childbirth. There’s even some evidence suggesting that strong pelvic floor muscles may shorten the pushing stage of labor.

You can do Kegels anywhere — sitting at your computer, watching TV, even standing in line at the supermarket. Here’s how:

  • Tighten the muscles around your vagina as if trying to interrupt the flow of urine when going to the bathroom.
  • Hold for a count of four, then release. Repeat ten times. Try to work up to three or four sets about three times a day.

Pelvic tilt or angry cat

This variation of the pelvic tilt, done on all fours, strengthens the abdominal muscles and eases back pain during pregnancy and labor.

  • Get down on your hands and knees, arms shoulder-width apart and knees hip-width apart, keeping your arms straight but not locking the elbows.
  • As you breathe in, tighten your abdominal muscles and tuck your buttocks under and round your back.
  • Relax your back into a neutral position as you breathe out.
  • Repeat at your own pace, following the rhythm of your breath.


It may not be the most elegant position, but squatting is a time-honored way of preparing for and giving birth. This exercise strengthens your thighs and helps open your pelvis.

  • Stand facing the back of a chair with your feet slightly more than hip-width apart, toes pointed outward. Hold the back of the chair for support.
  • Contract your abdominal muscles, lift your chest, and relax your shoulders. Then lower your tailbone toward the floor as though you were sitting down on a chair. Find your balance — most of your weight should be toward your heels.
  • Take a deep breath in and then exhale, pushing into your legs to rise to a standing position.

    Tailor or Cobbler Pose

    This position can help open your pelvis and loosen your hip joints in preparation for birth. It can also improve your posture and ease tension in your lower back.

    • Sit up straight against a wall with the soles of your feet touching each other (sit on a folded towel if that’s more comfortable for you).
    • Gently press your knees down and away from each other, but don’t force them.
    • Stay in this position for as long as you’re comfortable.

      Remember to start slowly and work at your own level for each exercise.

Homemade laundry soap




There have been a lot of questions posted lately about the whole laundry detergent-making process. Which I take as a great sign that more and more people are getting fed up with the ridiculously high-priced brand name stuff and turning to time-tested“mother-approved” formulations that date back to before most of us were born! 🙂 And workJUST AS WELL, if not better than the over-priced, over-packaged stuff we are forced to lug home from the store in huge plastic bottles that chances are won’t be recycled. *deep breath*  (Stepping down off soapbox….for now).

In any case, I thought it might be helpful to post another “update”, if you will, on the Homemade Laundry Detergent project with more pictures!

Keep in mind, however, there is no “right” way to make this stuff….this is just the way it works best for me. I would suggest if you want lots more VALUABLE INPUT from other readers….visit one of the followingORIGINAL POSTS and read the commentsGREAT information there!!

Let’s start with the basic recipe again:

Many people make this in a big, 5-gallon container, but call me lazy, cuz I don’t like to drag in a 5 gallon bucket from the garage. When it’s time to make soap, I just pull out my 4-quart saucepan like I’m cooking up a double batch of rice. 🙂

First I add the grated bar of soap and add water to about the halfway mark.

I “cook” the soap soup at on medium low until all the little bits of soap are completely melted. To make sure of this…I will let it come to a boil for just a minute. That way I’m pretty sure no pieces of soap will be floating in my finished product.

I then add the 1 cup of Borax and the 1 cup of Washing Soda. Once again, we are only “cooking” it long enough to make sure it is all a combined and smooth texture. I try not to let it actually come to a boil because it will “boil over” very easily! (Not that I would know about that.)

When it’s all nice and combined and sorta creamy looking (if kind of reminds me of cooking pudding at this point)…it’s time to pour it into your soap containers.

I use (3) 1 gallon Minute Maid Orange Juice bottles.

I use a glass measuring cup and scoop the mixture out of the pan and pour into the bottles.

I THINK it ends up being about 4-5 cups in each bottle but I haven’t actually measured it. I just keep adding a little to each until they are all at the same level (and the pan is empty.)

Now I take each one to the sink and hot water until each bottle is about 1/2 full.

This allows for room to shake the contents after it hardens AND to add more water to aid in that process.
Then I give each bottle a good shake! Come on…get your aggressions out! Feel the burn! 😉

This is what it looks like when I’m done…and this is the way it will sit overnight.

Then in the morning… will look like this.

Pretty much one big blob of goop. lol.
DON’T BE ALARMED! DO NOT PANIC! This is perfectly normal!
Everything is going to be OK! I promise.

What *I* do at this point is take a long handled wooden spoon and break up the goo a little bit
 then add more hot water…

….to just a few inches from the top

…and give it another vigorous shake!! Repeat with other 2 bottles.

They should look SOMETHING like this. But remember…this is not exact science…if they are a little thicker or runnier…don’t worry. It will still be a great laundry detergent and as you continue making and using it…you’ll figure out just what works for you.

TADA!! You just made your own homemade laundry detergent for PENNIES a load!!!!! Sure it might be a little lumpy…but who really cares?? It works! Pure and simple.

Honestly, I love this stuff. I don’t miss the store-bought stuff one bit! Especially since I started using just a tiny bit offragrance booster in each load. I kind of missed the scent of the old stuff…but I’ve found most people prefer this unscented version, especially those with sensitivities to that sort of thing.

There you have it. I really don’t think I could have taken any MORE pictures of the whole process. I tried to cover every single step. Hopefully this is helpful for those of you who are trying this for the very first time. You “old-timers” shouldn’t even be reading this…what are you doing here anyway?  Just teasin’. 🙂 I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the “old-timer” comments when people have questions because I can’t always keep up AND your answers are usually better anyway! 🙂

Thanks to everyone who participates in my little corner of the world wide web, and for your support of One Good Thing By Jillee! I hope it continues to be a

long and beautiful friendship!

A photo tutorial for us “visual learners” is today’s…..

Regarding High Efficiency (HE) Front-Load Washers
HE front-load washers require low suds soap. Because they use less water, they require soap that is less sudsy. The good news is, this homemade detergent is VERY low suds. So it is my PERSONAL opinion that you should be able to use this in HE washers with confidence. But I am NOT an expert. 🙂


You might also like:
Brand Name Laundry Detergent’s “Last Stand”!
My Homemade Laundry Line-up
Homemade Laundry Soap Revisited
No-Grate Homemade Laundry Soap
Homemade Dishwasher Soap (Not Detergent)

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