Rodney Yee on Life as a Father

Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 11:46 Written by Urban Zen Saturday, 16 June 2012 11:41

P11502041 Rodney Yee on Life as a Father
My life started over again the moment each child was born. With every birth, I was propelled into a new universe where love, commitment, responsibility and fear took on radically larger proportions. For me, I could never have imagined what an impact children would have on both my internal and external life.

Yoga was essential to my own health and wellness, especially when there were so many core shifts. Even if totally arbitrary, I could use my practice as my sanctuary and my center. For my children, they saw their Dad get on the mat every morning and they began to adjust accordingly. They would sit on my lap as I did pranayama and they would use downward facing dog as a climbing gym. Practice became not only a time for myself; it became a time of togetherness for my family.

The challenges of being a father are different than the challenges of creating a balanced yoga practice, but both are essential for my psychological frame. Fear for my children’s well-being and safety can occupy my entire mind unless I practice and ground myself in the truth of the unfolding moment. Letting go of the pretense of control as your kids leave the house and become adults can serve as a wake-up call and an education in and of itself. Because of Yoga, this process is not unfamiliar and allows for a more skillful and easier transition. Everything about being a father is constantly in flux and takes great self-knowledge in order to bestow the light of love and compassion as clearly and deeply as possible.

The practices that are embraced in the Urban Zen philosophy of life are my tools for being the father that I so want my kids to have.

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Celebrating the Mothers of our UZIT Program

Last Updated on Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:11 Written by Urban Zen Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:11

collage Celebrating the Mothers of our UZIT ProgramIn celebration of Mother’s Day we wanted to give a love-filled shout-out to the mother’s of our Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program. In the three years since the launch of the UZIT Program, several of our students have had the incredible experience of learning the benefits of the eastern healing techniques not only for patient care and self-care, but also for maternal care. Caring for the next generation included moms with baby bumps or baby seats, while others learned they would be receiving more than a certificate at the end of their training. These mothers and mothers-to-be were able to use the modalities to care for themselves before, during and after delivery, and the results have been beautiful, as you can see.

The whole Urban Zen team is wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to our UZIT moms.

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Supporting our May Ambassador: No Mother’s Day Campaign

Last Updated on Friday, 11 May 2012 05:53 Written by Urban Zen Wednesday, 2 May 2012 03:26

This month we are proud to partner with our Ambassador, Christy Turlington Burns, to help raise awareness and inspire change for all mothers everywhere. This Mother’s Day, we invite you to align with Christy and her foundation, Every Mother Counts, as they launch a social issue campaign designed to raise awareness about the hundreds of thousands of girls and women around the world who die each year from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. This campaign is a collaboration between CHI & Partners and Every Mother Counts.

The cornerstone of the campaign is a short social issue film that features moms encouraging other moms to join in solidarity by disappearing May 13th, Mother’s Day, because “our silence can speak the loudest for all mothers.” Click here to watch the video.

Their goal is to leverage Mother’s Day—the day when people are thinking about their mothers most—as a moment to bring the facts about maternal mortality to a wider audience. Christy and her team believe that once people know the facts, they will want to do what they can to engage. Their hope is that the No Mothers Day campaign will spark energy into Every Mother Counts’ overarching goal of driving 5 million individual actions on maternal health by 2015.

How You Can Help:

  • Spread the word about our short social issue film and sharing it with your network;
  • Sign up to take part in No Mothers Day yourself on our Facebook page;
  • Inform your friends about the issue of maternal health and with their help, we can prevent 90% of the fatalities that occur due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth; and
  • Post about the No Mothers Day campaign on your social media outlets with the language below.
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