Welcome to the Honest Mamas Podcast

Supporting women emotionally & spiritually on the motherhood journey

Mama, it’s your turn! This is a weekly podcast about putting YOU at the top of your priority list.

Honest Mamas is dedicated to honoring your emotional and spiritual realities as a mom. We aim to help you feel more valued and empowered in your life. Join us and learn more about how we all experience this wild ride of motherhood—in similar and unique ways! We hope you listen and leave with new ideas and an expanded perspective, as well as more self-love and love for other moms.

Our intention is to offer inspiration to as many mamas as possible. Please help us do that by subscribing, rating, reviewing, and sharing the love. Happy listening, Mamas & thank you for your support!

Latest Podcast Episodes

Episode 18: Finding Your Voice of Wisdom

Welcome to episode eighteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Brahmani Liebman about the process of a mom finding herself again after having children.

Brahmani Liebman, MSEd, is an internationally recognized yoga teacher in the Kripalu tradition. She founded The Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health and was director and head teacher for over 20 years. Brahmani is currently co-creator & director (with Jashoda Edmunds) of Journey Into Yoga School of Yoga & Meditation RYS – Workshops, Retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings. She is former co-director of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Association (KYTA) and presently part of the senior faculty of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training Team.

Brahmani is a Phoenix Rising yoga therapist, Transcendental Reiki Master/Teacher and Multi-dimensional Life counselor who integrates decades of Yogic and Buddhist Studies into all her teaching. She loves co-teaching with a diverse group of Master teachers including Sylvia Boorstein & Sharon Salzberg. A wife, mother and grandmother she is dedicated to the path of householder. Believing in people’s ability to access healing and inner knowing, Brahmani offers tangible and sustainable ways to connect to boundless loving presence and live a spiritual life. 

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Internal knowing – how to tap back into back into your intuition and knowing yourself
  • The conflicting messages we can receive from all the different people in our lives
  • The wanting we have for a wise elder in our lives to help us through having children
  • Recommendations for women when birth plans don’t go exactly as expected
  • Why it’s important to ask all the questions you want to with your doctor
  • Reconnecting with your inner voice through meditation
  • How to help women when people disagree with their inner knowing
  • Tapping into Metta – loving-kindness meditation
  • Channeling your inner positive energy to be kind to others

Resources

http://journeyintoyoga.com

Episode 17: Wired for Love

Welcome to episode seventeen of the Honest Mamas Podcast. Today, our guest is Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, who is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT).

He has a clinical practice in Calabasas, CA, where he has specialized for the last 15 years in working with couples and individuals who wish to be in relationships. He and his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, developed the PACT Institute for the purpose of training other psychotherapists to use this method in their clinical practice.

In addition, Dr. Tatkin teaches and supervises first- through third-year family medicine residents at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA, and is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He is on the board of directors of Lifespan Learning Institute and serves as a core member on Relationships First, a nonprofit organization founded by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How Stan became an expert working with couples
  • The three attachment styles in the PACT approach—the wave, anchor and island
  • The way in which these attachment styles show up
  • Working with our partners to crate safe and secure attachments
  • How to deal with these issues as children come into the relationship
  • Practical tips on how to manage conflict within a relationship
  • Why you shouldn’t stay in an unhappy relationship just for the kids

Resources

https://stantatkin.com

http://thepackardinstitute.com

Ted Talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xKXLPuju8U

Episode 16: New Moms & Body Image

Welcome to episode sixteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to photographer Suzanne Lucas.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How Suzanne became interested in the area of struggling with body image through and after pregnancy
  • How women can reclaim a sense of empowerment during these times
  • The issue of shaming
  • The way the issue shows up for women who decide to have babies later in life
  • Making peace with your relationship to your own body
  • Setting up more positive language around this issue
  • Learning how to best communicate your message with your children through this time
  • Understanding the need not to be too self-critical

Resources

http://www.suzannechristine.com/

 

Episode 15: Meditation and Mindfulness

Welcome to episode fifteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to meditation and yoga teacher Dee Yergo.

Dee’s yoga journey began 18 years ago when she attended a pre-natal class while pregnant with her first child. Her practice waned considerably over the years that her three children were toddlers. When their dad passed away in 2007, she found herself juggling a corporate career while raising them on her own. Life was challenging and she struggled with depression because she did not have the tools she needed to be happy and at peace. Dee’s practice of yoga began anew, and then deepened in 2012. She discovered how incredibly effective meditation, yoga and Eastern philosophy were in shifting the way she looked at the world. Dee felt compelled to dedicate her life to helping others. She made the leap and left her corporate career to teach full-time.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Being in tune with your intuition
  • Recommendations on how to begin the process of better understanding your intuition
  • The way in which yoga can create a deep sense of slowing down
  • The role spirituality can play in the profound connection to one’s self
  • Distinguishing between grounded intuition and fear
  • Communicating your own intuition
  • Learning to take a step back in the important moments and regain focus
  • Knowing that it’s ok to not be constantly “happy” on the surface and show your true emotions

Resources

http://www.deeyergo.com

https://www.pranayogaandmeditation.com

Episode 14: Emotional Aspects of Adoptive Parenting

Welcome to episode fourteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to MereAnn Reid, a counselor who specializes in therapeutic play, adoption support, and early childhood.

MereAnn works with children—from toddlers to teens—and collaborates with whole families in managing stress, loss, life transitions, feeling connected, and understanding themselves better. A combination of child development, mindfulness, and family systems informs her work supporting parents and kids. MereAnn uses play therapy, sandtray, narrative-storytelling tools, practical skill building, and parent coaching in her practice.

In addition to graduate training in counseling psychology, MereAnn has worked in youth advocacy and education for nearly 20 years. She brings these skills to her counseling work, serving as an ally and consultant to individuals and families in her practice. She is a registered intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, member of the national Association for Play Therapy and Oregon Association for Play Therapy, and volunteer with non-profit groups supporting new moms and foster youth. As a professional and as a community member, MereAnn is committed to growing support resources for families impacted by foster and institutional systems of care. As a parent, MereAnn believes heartily in supporting and connecting parents to help kids thrive.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • The importance of the correct use of language around this issue
  • How grief shows up in this area
  • Why it’s ok to have feelings of anger, grief and frustration through this process
  • Ways in which adoptive parents can best make connections
  • Knowing when / if you’re ready for family therapy
  • Supportive tools available to adoptive mothers

 

Resources

http://www.northwestadoptionsupport.com/

Episode 13: The Conscious Parent

Welcome to episode thirteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Dr. Shefali Tsabary about the issue of helping parents to find themselves. Dr. Shefali is a world-renowned clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Columbia University, New York. She specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, making her an… Continue Reading

Episode 12: Finding Your Relationship Again After Baby

Welcome to episode twelve of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Dr. Kira Bartlett about how to support postpartum women in their relationships with their partner. Dr. Kira Bartlett is a New York state licensed clinical psychologist with over 14 years of successful clinical experience with individuals in short- and long-term psychotherapy. Her… Continue Reading

Episode 11: Stranger in the Mirror — Losing Yourself After Kids

Welcome to episode eleven of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to we speak to an anonymous mama about her experience of losing herself after having children. What you’ll hear in this episode: Her experience into motherhood and how that shaped losing herself The person she was before having children The thoughts, feelings and… Continue Reading

Episode 10: Empowered Single Mamas

Welcome to episode ten of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Veronica Geretz about the empowerment she experienced through becoming a single mother. Veronica is a mom and a yoga teacher. She was introduced to Hatha yoga when she was just fourteen. She specializes in Vinyasa Yoga and has trained with Corepower Yoga,… Continue Reading

Episode 9: Working with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Welcome to episode nine of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Dr. Kat about postpartum depression and anxiety. Dr. Kat is a psychologist who helps you find ways out of suffering or confusion and into wellness. People go to her psychotherapy practice when they are struggling with things in their life and want… Continue Reading

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