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In defence of the dreaded ‘sleep associations’

There is nothing I can truly add to this other than to say I love this blog post so much and wish I had read something like this with my first baby. Mr. T was not an easy baby and I felt pressured by the “shoulds”. Miss L was the dream baby who fell asleep on her own, an exception. Now, T Dawg is proving to be a baby who will be loved and snuggled to sleep as he definitely nurses to bedtime and naps in a carrier. It’s our reality and our season of life.

Grubby Mummy and the Grubby Bubbies

Are you currently feeding your baby to sleep? Rocking, singing or cuddling your baby to sleep? Wearing your baby as they sleep in a carrier or letting them sleep on your chest on the couch? Has your baby grown accustomed to dropping off as they ride in the car or pushed in the pram? Does your baby need the touch of their mum’s skin, hum of her voice or feeling of her hand on their chest to feel relaxed enough to sleep? Maybe you are holding a very tired baby tightly as they cry and struggle to relax but with your calm reassurance, they will eventually drift off?
Will your baby only sleep in your bed?

If this sounds familiar, I am here to say you make my heart swell beautiful mama.

Your baby associates sleep with feelings of being supported, responded to and comforted. You are not doing you…

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Open Up and Say “Ohm” at these 8 Yoga Studios for Kids

I’m honored and happy to be included in this great list! You can check out the Family Yoga that I teach at Santosha Yoga or any of the classes. See you on the mat!

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Yoga classes for kids incorporate creative movement, animal sounds and pretend play, making them a perfect way to get more exercise into your little one. The following are eight of our favorite studios offering a healthy dose of fun that will not only center your kids, but will also give you a few belly laughs along the way.

imagination yogaphoto: Imagination Yoga

Imagination Yoga at Santosh Yoga
Co-founded and taught by yoga instructor, Jamie Hopkins, Imagination Yoga is a beautiful program that engages children ages 2-12 in the practice of yoga through story. This class meets every Thursday and is for ages 3 1/2 and up. Their Family Yoga is taught by Jodi and meets every first and third Saturday and is for ages 3 and up with their parents or caregivers.

4876 NW Bethany Blvd.
Suite L4

Inner Elements Yoga
A yoga community dedicated to the depth of yoga that brings out the strength, feeling…

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Dream of Wild Health, Hugo MN

From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds: Indigenizing the Local Food Movement

Heritage sunflowers at the DOWH farm. Photo by Angelo Baca Heritage sunflowers at the DOWH farm. Photo by Angelo Baca

Dream of Wild Health is a 10 acre non-profit farm in Hugo MN, about 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities that works to connect urban Indian people with not only healthy fresh produce, but the knowledge of how to grow and prepare this food. From a small garden in the city to a full scale vegetable farm, over the past decade and a half Dream of Wild Health has directly touched the lives of thousands of people through summer gardening programs for youth, year-round internships, cooking classes, and the tons of fresh produce brought to the city through farmers markets and their indigenous CSA boxes.

Pollinator garden at DOWH. Photo by Angelo Baca Pollinator garden at DOWH. Photo by Angelo Baca

In 1986, Sally Auger and John Eichorn started Peta Wakan Tipi (“Sacred Fire Lodge” in Lakota), a transitional housing program for Native men in St Paul, and then…

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Cause + Event Portland announces the Training Plan 20

This run is an amazing opportunity! I’m glad I’m participating on the team Santosha Yoga and running for the cause, Street Yoga. Both the team and the cause are great organizations who put their hearts into what they do to leave a mark on the world in a positive way. Please consider running with us (even virtually) or donating to us!

~ jibean

Run Oregon

Runners headed out on our gorgeous, hilly course.  Photo courtesy of Brook Kirklin Photography. Runners headed out on our gorgeous, hilly course. Photo courtesy of Brook Kirklin Photography.

For many marathon runners training for the Portland Marathon, the weekend of September 13 calls for a 20 mile run in their training plan. Cause + Event Portland has a solution for those needing to log those miles and it’s fun, it’s affordable, it’s fully supported AND it’s for a cause…YOUR cause!

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Thank a Vet

Veterans’ Day.

A departure from what I normally write about, today compels me to stop and acknowledge this day. Veterans’ Day. Veterans Day. Regardless of punctuation, this is an important day because of what it represents. A select group of individuals who at one point in their lives stepped forward to say, I will do something for more than myself, I will protect the greater good, I will defend my homeland, I will sacrifice myself for others, people I may not even know. This gift each Veteran gives to us all is one of the largest heartfelt things and the immensity of the gratitude I feel is hard to put into words.Happy Veterans Day.

You don’t have to support war or the government or the commander-in-chief. What you do have to be able to see is the selflessness it takes to join the military and the strength of character it takes to serve in it. Not all Veterans were volunteers, though today those in uniform are volunteering their skills, their time and their lives. Their families pay into the gift.

So politics aside, thank a Veteran. If you know one, hug a Veteran. If you forgot today, do it tomorrow. Do it always. We may never be able to walk in their boots, but we can trust that they are walking for us.

I say this because it’s true, it’s the right thing to do, and because I can personally say that I appreciate it when someone says “Thank you for serving.” It’s been years since I last wore my uniform, but I am reminded of the greatness of the people I had the honor to serve with. To all of my fellow Veterans, past and present, those still in the military and the military families, thank you!!

Before kids, before becoming a yoga teacher, I served in the U.S. Air Force.

Before kids, before becoming a yoga teacher, I served in the U.S. Air Force.

~ jibean

Love Letter to Sweatpants and Flip Flops

I love sweatpants. I just had to write it down after I shout it out (figuratively) several times. Sweatpants are comfortable, can be cute, chill and perfect to spend time in with a loved one or romantic hopeful.

I’ve been a girl that loves the well dressed guys. When I read a recent Us Weekly, there is a quote from Lady Gaga that made me laugh because of how many celebrities say silly things about sweatpants.

“I feel that flip-flops are the downfall of many relationships.

It’s, like, first it’s the flip-flops, and then it’s the sweatpants, …

It’s the gateway drug to no sex.” Lady Gaga

Back in the day, I would have agreed. Yet, when I met my now-husband, the first time we went out he was in jeans, grey t-shirt, cute hair, and flip-flops. But, you know, the clothes don’t make the man. And he is a wonderful man. We started dating and one of the first times he came over after work, we both wanted to put on clothes to chill. I lent him a pair of man’s sweatpants (after a great party, I borrowed a friend’s boyfriend’s pair when we stayed the night, and they broke up before I could return them. They didn’t break up over someone wearing sweatpants.) that I had in my closet and it was never an issue between us. In fact, I loved that I could relax and be myself in the most casual of ways and still be sexy. The fact that we have been married seven years, two kids, and still crazy about each other. And, I love him in his flip-flops.

So, I say rock your sweatpants, ladies!

~ jibean


How Do Moms Decide When It’s Time to Go Back to Work?

A dear friend asked me a question about my decision to return to work full-time rather than continue staying home with my kids and consulting. (I still teach yoga 🙂 She asked me if I regret it. She asked about mom-guilt. She asked if I’m glad. Here is what I wrote:

It’s a tough decision. It’s a tough question to answer because, for me, it’s so subjective based on how my day went, how my kids are, how much sleep I’ve had, did I work out, etc. Some days I really enjoy it. But, more than once I’ve thought “you don’t tell me what to do, I’m mama. I’m right. I can quit. Hmm… maybe I should quit and go to the zoo….”  But I haven’t quit yet.

I made the promise to myself to give it 3 months before even thinking about it, 6 months before any decision will be made, and really, I told myself I need to do it for a year because otherwise it’s not worth it on a resume and won’t qualify me for other jobs later. I do have guilt about not being mom all the time, not doing incredible outings, making amazing dinners or fun crafts. But, my personal side of needing to be more than mom was becoming louder and louder. I felt impatient. I felt underutilized. As a person, I wanted to work. As a mom, I wanted to be home.

Today I completed three major projects, a website overhaul and a plan to roll out our next big product. Tonight was delivery Chinese food and stories at the dining room table. Then we went for a big walk and played at the park. And then the next hour is bath, books, pjs, diapers, and bedtime. Finally I get to change out of my work clothes, shower, sit down with a glass of wine and write to you.

It’s an intense routine. I don’t know if I will do this indefinitely. Right now, I’m going to stick with it. I like the salary and to feel like a professional again. I am happy tomorrow is Friday and I have two days with my kids. For me, the position I accepted was a fluke of right timing, right qualifications and right position. So I may work a year, maybe three, maybe I just keep working. Who knows? I know I’m going to work tomorrow.


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