Why I transitioned to teaching Prenatal + Postnatal Yoga

It was 9-9-2019 when I launched Luna+Midas+Astrid. I was sitting on a barstool by my kitchen counter when I was still living in Las Vegas when I hit LIVE on my website I was creating through Shopify for months. Truth be told, I was scared to launch. I didn't know what I was really doing. The only thing I did know was that I didn't want to be working for a company for the rest of my life with someone telling me what to do, when to work and how to engage with people. I was looking for a side hustle that was going to be my main hustle. But how could I possibly do such a thing without capital, without stock and, without the time. I was working a full-time job, training jiu-jitsu full time (it was the only thing that kept me going at the time), maintain my house and take care of my dog.

Las Vegas was my third home in the last two years. The year before that I was living in the Philippines and the year before that, I was living what I call my original home, Guam (where I was raised my entire life). I was going through some personal life changes and moving was my only solution. But being a nomad needed to come to an end and I was tired of the constant 'get-up-and-go'. Especially because I was doing it all alone. Las Vegas was going to be my last destination. It was the place where I was going to find permanence. It was the place where I was going to make my peace and come to terms that my life was going to be just that; single, a dog-mom and someone who was obsessed with tarot card reading, the phases of the moon, rituals, etc. 

Luna+Midas+Astrid (LMA) was a slow start. I started off by creating and putting together kits with stones, crystals, herbs and spices as ingredients and materials for spells and rituals timing it with a moon phase (new, full, crescent, waxing, waning, etc.). It was quite costly and finding a way to market it was the most challenging part. A month after the launch, while still working in high end luxury in one of Las Vegas' fanciest hotels, news broke out of a virus that was spreading like wildfire and was highly contagious. Initially, it didn't cross my mind that it was going to reach the U.S. until it did. A few months later, in March, while I was working, news got out that the first cases were discovered in a neighboring casino. Eventually, the president at the time announced a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread. LMA was at a standstill, just like everything else in the world. 

Let's look at the bright side to this because it's getting a little somber. Shortly before the launch of LMA, I had met my future husband who was introduced by a mutual friend. After months had passed and during the time of the nationwide lockdown, we both agreed that I was going to move to Hawaii to be together. Again, I was scared but a good kind of scared because everything that I had manifested to happen was happening. I can get into that at a later time but the power is really in the pen, paper, your energy and vocalizing it to the universe. Also, you have to truly believe it in your heart and soul that whatever you deserve is coming to you. Before getting derailed, three weeks after the lockdown, I move to the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. I didn't get to step into the sand or dip my feet into the water as soon as I got off the plane. I had to go straight home to start my 14 day quarantine. It wasn't as bad (I drank wine, baked, watched all 4 seasons of Ozark) as some people might think. And, what's not to love about having an accessible bathroom within your reach?

The sad part of moving during a pandemic was not being qualified for unemployment (because 'I quit'), trying to apply for jobs during a hiring freeze and not having any cash flow coming in. Hawaii was one, if not, the most strictest state and extended their lockdowns to months at a time instead of weeks (how other states were doing it). I was stuck at home and needed to figure how I was going to stay sane during these tumultuous times. I started offering guided meditation and live yoga classes online through Zoom. Initially, there were a good amount of people that were up for it. Some were quite religious and dedicated to their personal practice. Then, the reopening of states happened. People were going back to work, school, their gyms and studios were opening their doors once more according to their states' mandates and orders. The number of people in my online classes lessened each time I logged on. It was discouraging to post a class or event and have no one signing up. In October of 2020, I decided to take a break from teaching online.

It was a really good choice to take a break. I didn't really have a plan for a comeback but there was always one thing on my mind: motherhood. During the lockdowns, I had a very dedicated student who showed up to each of her classes except for two: when she was't feeling too well and the other, when she gave birth. I was an amateur at teaching prenatal and only chose poses that I thought were going to be beneficial for her. Looking back at it now, she was a champ for going through some of the sequences I had put her through. Which brings us to the present. In December 2020, I had gotten married and currently we are in the works of trying to conceive. As my life has gone through some personal changes, so have my plans and so will my teaching. From now until who knows, I will only be teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga online.   

Las Vegas was my third home in the last two years. The year before that I was living in the Philippines and the year before that, I was living what I call my original home, Guam (where I was raised my entire life). I was going through some personal life changes and moving was my only solution. But being a nomad needed to come to an end and I was tired of the constant 'get-up-and-go'. Especially because I was doing it all alone. Las Vegas was going to be my last destination. It was the place where I was going to find permanence. It was the place where I was going to make my peace and come to terms that my life was going to be just that; single, a dog-mom and someone who was obsessed with tarot card reading, the phases of the moon, rituals, etc. 

Luna+Midas+Astrid (LMA) was a slow start. I started off by creating and putting together kits with stones, crystals, herbs and spices as ingredients and materials for spells and rituals timing it with a moon phase (new, full, crescent, waxing, waning, etc.). It was quite costly and finding a way to market it was the most challenging part. A month after the launch, while still working in high end luxury in one of Las Vegas' fanciest hotels, news broke out of a virus that was spreading like wildfire and was highly contagious. Initially, it didn't cross my mind that it was going to reach the U.S. until it did. A few months later, in March, while I was working, news got out that the first cases were discovered in a neighboring casino. Eventually, the president at the time announced a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread. LMA was at a standstill, just like everything else in the world. 

Let's look at the bright side to this because it's getting a little somber. Shortly before the launch of LMA, I had met my future husband who was introduced by a mutual friend. After months had passed and during the time of the nationwide lockdown, we both agreed that I was going to move to Hawaii to be together. Again, I was scared but a good kind of scared because everything that I had manifested to happen was happening. I can get into that at a later time but the power is really in the pen, paper, your energy and vocalizing it to the universe. Also, you have to truly believe it in your heart and soul that whatever you deserve is coming to you. Before getting derailed, three weeks after the lockdown, I moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. I didn't get to step into the sand or dip my feet into the water as soon as I got off the plane. I had to go straight home to start my 14 day quarantine. It wasn't as bad (I drank wine, baked, watched all 4 seasons of Ozark) as some people might think. And, what's not to love about having an accessible bathroom within your reach?

The sad part of moving during a pandemic was not being qualified for unemployment (because 'I quit'), trying to apply for jobs during a hiring freeze and not having any cash flow coming in. Hawaii was one, if not, the most strictest state and extended their lockdowns to months at a time instead of weeks (how other states were doing it). I was stuck at home and needed to figure how I was going to stay sane during these tumultuous times. I started offering guided meditation and live yoga classes online through Zoom. Initially, there were a good amount of people that were up for it. Some were quite religious and dedicated to their personal practice. Then, the reopening of states happened. People were going back to work, school, their gyms and studios were opening their doors once more according to their states' mandates and orders. The number of people in my online classes lessened each time I logged on. It was discouraging to post a class or event and have no one signing up. In October of 2020, I decided to take a break from teaching online.

It was a really good choice to take a break. I didn't really have a plan for a comeback but there was always one thing on my mind: motherhood. During the lockdowns, I had a very dedicated student who showed up to each of her classes except for two: when she was't feeling too well and the other, when she gave birth. I was an amateur at teaching prenatal and only chose poses that I thought were going to be beneficial for her. Looking back at it now, she was a champ for going through some of the sequences I had put her through. Which brings us to the present. In December 2020, I had gotten married and currently we are in the works of trying to conceive. I want to be just as prepared as my student for when I give birth to my first child. As an instructor, I want all the tools I need not just to teach but also for my personal practice. I signed up for Yoga Teacher Training through Bliss Baby Yoga right after the holidays.

As my life has gone through some personal changes, so have my plans and so will my teaching. From now until who knows, I will only be teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga online. My initial intent of turning my side hustle into my main hustle will remain challenging but trusting the timing, the universe and my intuition has gotten me this far; even if it's only the beginning. I can't preach about success because we all have our interpretation of how to measure it but what I can tell you is this, we all have to start from somewhere, with nothing or something, and instead of waiting for things to happen, make it happen. I'm going to leave off with a quote from author and visionary Paul Coelho, "Day one or one day. You decide."

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