I Have No Intention in Moving Backwards in General, Love, Pregnancy, Yoga

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If I have to read one more comment saying how "brave" I am for showing off my post-partum body I'm going to SCREAM. I understand that there is no bad intention behind saying that I'm "courageous" for sharing photos and videos of me as I am, three months after having given birth, but what that actually means is that you look at my body and think that I am anything else but perfect and beautiful. Like I should be hiding a little bit, now that I weigh 15 pounds more than normal (I gained 40...

Speak Your Dreams in General, Love, Travel

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Swedish summer. It's so beautiful. I'd love to start spending more time here, maybe 3-4 months out of the year... We'd need to get an apartment bigger than 32 square meters😬 And it would be a dream to have a little summer house on a lake or by the ocean somewhere... Dreams, dreams. All is possible. I remember back when I used to dream about traveling the world. Then becoming a yoga teacher. Then taking my teachings global. Then buying a house. Then writing and publishing a book. Then starting up an online platform for...

109 Women Mission Trip in Sweden in General, Love, Retreats, Travel, Yoga

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ANNOUNCING: 109 World mission trip in Sweden! We are an all-women team running the non-profit 109 World and have been longing to do a mission trip focused on women's issues and female empowerment. We have decided to focus on a heavy, difficult and widespread issue this year: sexual violence and rape. Sexual violence happens all over the world no matter the country, financial status or level of education. Every single woman that has to suffer through this atrocity and its aftermath is one woman too many. Join me in Öland, Sweden August 17-20 for a mission...

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Back to Teaching…and a Badass New Yoga Playlist! in Love, Pregnancy

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Teaching this morning was incredible. I've missed teaching so much. 38 people in our Luna Shala today at Island Yoga and it makes me wonder how we are going to squeeze in 48 for our retreat at the end of the month. But, then I remember we had 58 mats in here for our opening class so nothing to worry about!😜 It's just been a while since I was surrounded by this many people! Teaching 9:30 am this Saturday - come play at Island Yoga! Oh and I made a badass new yoga playlist too...

Dear Yoga, It’s Nice to Meet You Again in General, Love

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I'm craving yoga right now in a way that I haven't in years. It reminds me of my first year of practice and how I'd go to sleep every night, giddy with anticipation knowing I'd get to roll out my mat the moment I'd wake up. Every day was like Christmas morning. That feeling of excitement lasted about a year before routine took over and yoga became part of my normal. I turned my yoga practice into teaching and teaching into a career and along the way, I stopped feeling like I was unwrapping a...

New Podcast! From the Heart in General, Love, Pregnancy

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Guys! The first episode of my podcast is OUT NOW! We did it!!! It's called From The Heart and I'll be releasing new episodes every Friday. Click the link here to listen and subscribe! In this first episode I share with you all the full story of how Lea Luna was born... Yes, we get intimate and personal right away🙈  Go listen in, subscribe, leave a review and let me know what you think. You can also search Yoga Girl Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS - or wherever you get your...

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Look, Little Moon. You’ve Been Here Once Before. in Love, Pregnancy

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10 months ago I posted a photo from this exact spot. I was sitting in the tree you see in the background, holding my hands to my belly, gazing out at the ocean. June 22. It was the day we found out I was pregnant and Lea Luna was just a tiny little poppyseed forming inside of me. We'd had a very special afternoon on the beach a few weeks earlier and that same evening driving home Dennis turned to me and said "I think we just got pregnant". I thought he was insane. It...

1 Week Old Today! in Love

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Lea Luna Schoneveld ❤ 1 week old today! People have been asking about her name and why we didn't name her Poppy since that's what we called her all the way through pregnancy... We actually never intended to name her that but had Lea picked out from long before. But I have to admit; transitioning away from Poppy has not been easy! She started out a little poppyseed and the name Poppy just totally stuck. If we lived in Europe we might have considered making it her middle name but here in the Caribbean/Central America...

Under the Full Moon, Waiting for Lea Luna in Pregnancy

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One week ago around this exact time, this moment happened. I was in heavy labour and had been going since 4 in the morning with things progressing slowly. It was overwhelmingly painful and I was getting absolutely exhausted. My contractions were long, close together and almost unbearable and it took all of my might to stay with my breath and my body. Dennis brought me outside to the garden and held me in the moonlight as I rode wave after wave, each contraction bringing us closer to our little girl. I didn't know how much...

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Welcome to the World, Lea Luna! in Love, Pregnancy

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Thank you for finally coming out of me angel! From a tiny poppyseed to a 4,170 gram (8.5 lbs) 51 centimeter (20 inches) baby girl! Born March 13 at 4:16 am after 24-hours of intense labor. Life will never be the same. I love her so much it terrifies me. Every piece of her is so perfect I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming! I got to pull her out myself with the final two pushes and Dennis cut the cord like a champ. She came out with her eyes wide...