Yesterday, Union Yoga had the honor of leading a mother-to-be and a small group of her family and friends in a Yin Yoga Pre-natal class and Birth Blessing. The buzz of bees, bird songs, and April air drifted in through the open windows as we remembered our bodies as our original home. To close the practice, we read this poem by John O’Donahue. 

For a Mother-To-Be

    By John O’Donahue


Nothing could have prepared

Your heart to open like this.


From beyond the skies and the stars

This echo arrived inside of you

And started to pulse with life

Each beat a tiny act of growth,

Traversing all our ancient shapes,

On its way home to itself.


Once it began, you were no longer your own.

A new, more courageous you, offering itself

In a new way to a presence you can sense

But you have not seen or known.


It has made you feel alone

In a way you never knew before;

Everyone else sees only from the outside

What you feel and feed

With every fiber of your being.


Never have you traveled farther inward

Where words and thoughts become half-light

unable to reach the fund of brightness

Strengthening inside the night of your womb.


Like some primeval moon,

Your soul brightens

The tides of essence

That flow to your child.


You know your life has changed forever,

For in all the days and years to come,

Distance will never be able to cut you off

From the one you now carry

For nine months under your heart.


May you be blessed with quiet confidence

That destiny will guide you and mind you.


May the emerging spirit of your child

Imbibe encouragement and joy

From the continuous music of your heart,

So that it can grow with ease,

Expectant of wonder and welcome

When its form is fully filled


And it makes it journey out

To see you and settle at last

Relieved and glad in your arms.


– John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us:

A Book of Blessings


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