When fear overwhelms truth and love, we call it pain. Our spirit as women has all the knowledge and power we need to give birth and to nurture our babies. It is in our genetic coding. It has been there since the beginning of time. You can trust its wisdom.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely, admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
MALISSA LARSON CD(DONA)
In my 20’s I was living in the high stress environment of NYC going to school, preforming regularly, and working full time in the service industry. My hormones weren’t in great shape. If you could x-ray my adrenals they would’ve looked like shriveled raisons. Embarking on the path towards my dreams meant hard work, no rest, and a grind my body and mind could not digest. Over time I began to develop all the classic symptoms of imbalance .
Practicing yoga, Ayurveda, meditation and instilling healthier lifestyle choices began to lead me down the yellow brick road to balance. It was a big life shift.
“When you know what you don’t want you know what you do want.”
– Aberham Hicks
Even though there were many challenges during that chapter of my life I took power from understanding deeply what I desired. I desired to feel happy, autonomous, and strong as a woman. It’s become the driving force in my work as a doula, yoga teacher, and loving human. When the spark of knowing ignites in a woman and she begins to understand her power and life force, she is unstoppable. To bear witness to this return to knowing is my greatest joy and honor.
“Be you, ignite your intuition, and the world will adjust.”
After many years of practicing yoga I began passing on what I’d learned to friends as a teacher. Doula work and teaching yoga to mamas evolved organically from there. Providing mothers coming to my yoga classes with the experience they deserved became the hallmark of my shift into teaching prenatal yoga.. I decided on Attending a prenatal yoga teacher training with my now friend Julianna Mitchell. The deep love for this work cultivated here are thereafter led me to move away from teaching open yoga classes. I begin shifting my focus to working only in the intimate environment of prenatal yoga classes and Mysore rooms.
Doula work came organically as well. I attended my first birth shortly after training with Eileen Stewart at Life Cycles in Buffalo, NY in 2013. I’ve been attending families ever since.
Over these many years of working with mamas and their families, I continue to learn and grow with every class, mom, and relationship built. The path of learning and joy of connecting never ends.
I love working as a teacher and doula. Maintaining relationships with my teachers, mentors, birthing community in Buffalo, DONA community and my daily yoga practice all feed my personal growth and development.
It takes a village.
When I’m not attending births you will find me at my yoga school, Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo. For more on my yoga experience pop on over to the AYB site and have a look-see.
Currently, I live in the Elmwood Village in a cozy apartment with my dog Eloise and the ever beautiful feline Mr. Buddha. We are frequented by friends and family and nestle in our home regularly.