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June 2017

Sunday Star Times QnA

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What are you plug­ging right now? My new book “Spilt Milk Yoga – a guid­ed self-inquiry to find­ing your own wis­dom, joy, and pur­pose through moth­er­hood.” It’s the book I wish I’d had when I became a moth­er. The spilt milk is the chal­lenges we face as con­tem­po­rary moth­ers, the yoga isn’t pos­es, it’s yoga on the inside — how we react and deal with all that spilt milk, from the shock of birth and the shift in iden­ti­ty, to man­ag­ing our own behav­iour while we man­age our kid’s behav­iour, and nav­i­gat­ing the para­dox­i­cal social invis­i­bil­i­ty even though we’re doing…

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Reader Review — Ian Lesa — Yes it’s good for dads too!

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  ‘Spilt Milk Yoga’ is an insight­ful read.  It’s heart-war­m­ing, fun­ny, brave and thought pro­vok­ing. I real­ly appre­ci­ate the truth of Cathryn’s words. Hon­est­ly, I don’t prac­tice yoga (of any kind).  But the under­ly­ing prin­ci­ples of the yoga Cathryn writes about not only applies to its dai­ly prac­tice / and moth­er­hood, but to dai­ly life — for any par­ent. It does for me; per­son­al­ly, and as a proud father of two boys: sev­en­teen years and a four­­teen-month-old. I tru­ly enjoyed it. The pages in my copy are rid­dled with pink high­light­ed areas (from cov­­er-to-cov­­er) that I found rel­e­vant not just from…

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Swings and Roundabouts Magazine

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To set the record straight this isn’t your tra­di­tion­al par­ent­ing book. Spilt Milk Yoga is a book to nur­ture and guide moth­ers along this beau­ti­ful, but also some­what con­fus­ing and frus­trat­ing jour­ney by approach­ing moth­er­hood as a path to greater self-knowl­­edge. Each chap­ter is short and sweet to meet the needs of the busy moth­er. With­in each chap­ter the author shares her own hon­est, down to earth and humor­ous par­ent­ing sto­ries, a prac­ti­cal prac­tice applic­a­ble to each expe­ri­ence and a guid­ed self-inquiry for moth­ers to con­tem­plate, respond to, devel­op, and record their prac­tice. Ques­tions asked include: Will moth­er­hood ruin my…

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Reader Review

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I am LOVING the book, tru­ly. Not quite fin­ished yet but lov­ing the short chap­ters which work per­fect­ly for the tired nights or quick cof­fee breaks. I espe­cial­ly loved the quote about your child’s behav­iour being a reflec­tion of your own behav­iour — that has stuck with me this past week as my daugh­ter has been test­ing. It’s so easy to get frus­trat­ed and so that quote helps me check in before my reac­tion. I also find I strug­gle with the ques­tion­naires, but in a good way! They make me think, and it will be inter­est­ing to go back in…

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Reader Review Renatta Morgan

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Thank you Cathryn My hub­by ( Mark / Mr Uber) just pre­sent­ed me with your book! You have total­ly nailed it … I have been a mum since I was 21 ‑three teenagers lat­er and I’ve nev­er read any­thing that con­nect­ed the busy and beau­ti­ful strug­gle of moth­er­hood. Feel­ing like you have lost your way on the jour­ney and yet con­tin­u­al­ly evolv­ing to cope with the ever chang­ing sit­u­a­tion. Cry­ing over the spilt expressed milk brought back so many mem­o­ries …all the spilt milk over all the years . I look for­ward to using my book to give me light…

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Reader Review — Penny Cooper

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I am lov­ing this book. I love that it gives me per­mis­sion to pick it up and put it down- it’s not anoth­er book dusty on the shelf mock­ing me for nev­er fin­ish­ing it. It calls me and encour­ages me. It chal­lenges me and inspires me. It makes me sigh and realise I’m not alone whilst mak­ing me laugh. I love that it’s writ­ten by a NZ woman and it fits in our cul­ture. I love that it will be with me for a while. My moth­er whose youngest child is in her 40’s just asked ” can you make…

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Reader Review Kara-Leah Grant

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I final­ly picked up Cathryn Mon­ro’s book Spilt Milk Yoga last night and start­ed read­ing. It. Is. Awe­some. One of the best yoga books I’ve read all year. And if that’s any­thing to go by… this event will be awe­some too. Moth­ers need this (fathers do to… but for now, we’re focus­ing on moth­ers). It does­n’t mat­ter whether you’ve ever been on a yoga mat before, or whether you just hate yoga pos­tures. This is the yoga of self-inquiry. It’s about self-reflec­­tion, con­tem­pla­tion and adopt­ing behav­iours and tools that sup­port you as a par­ent.

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OWN IT — Embracing Motherhood as Path

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An arti­cle I wrote for The Yoga Lunch­box about Spilt Milk Yoga — What it is — Where you can get some more — and How moth­ers are chang­ing the world!  Moth­er­hood is a fast-track oppor­tu­ni­ty to gain­ing self-knowl­­edge. What does self-knowl­­edge mean? What is inner work and how do we DO it? How does one actu­al­ly self-tran­s­­form? Moth­er­hood is like the most intense, long haul retreat you could ever go on; you meet your best and your worst behav­iours, and no mat­ter what you have to show up every day and be “Mum”, even when you don’t feel up to…

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JULY 1&2 SPILT MILK YOGA Weekend Course for Mothers (2 half-days)

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A Win­ter Week­end SPILT MILK YOGA treat for Welling­ton moth­ers. Come togeth­er with oth­er moth­ers and be guid­ed through self-inquiry and inte­gra­tive learn­ing process­es that will con­nect you to your own wis­dom, joy, and pur­pose. The work­shop runs over 2 half-days, Sat­ur­day after­noon and Sun­day morn­ing, allow­ing you time to con­nect with your fam­i­ly while you cul­ti­vate the qual­i­ties you want more of in your life as a moth­er. Par­tic­i­pants can expect to come away feel­ing empow­ered, with fresh insight into the val­ue of their lives as moth­ers.  

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