We first met Kristy via Instagram as the the founder of Pure Nurture, LLC which she established after working with women in various stages of pregnancy and after becoming a mother herself. Inspired by her own experience and the experiences of the motherhood collective, Kristy creates learning and teaching environments that meet her students where they are, whether they are trying to conceive, in their second or third trimester, or attempting the delicate balancing act of infant and self-care. Through classes, workshops, and her latest book, she inspires women to nurture and nourish themselves throughout their pregnancy so they can lead happy, healthy, and empowered lives.
We adore the work Kristy is doing in the world as a certified holistic health coach and registered yoga teacher specializing in prenatal and postpartum wellness, support, and empowerment.
During this soulful conversation we talk about:
- The importance of adopting a holistic approach to motherhood
- Benefits of creating a gratitude practice
- Why as mums self care should be a non negotiable
Could you relate to Kristy’s during today’s episode? It’s our shared mum life experiences that truly connect us. Share with us in the comments.
Kristy Rodriguez is a certified holistic health coach and registered yoga teacher specializing in prenatal and postpartum wellness, support, and empowerment. With her cumulated years of experience in education and health, she brings extensive knowledge, personal experience, and deep compassion to her students. She founded Pure Nurture, LLC after working with women in various stages of pregnancy and after becoming a mother herself. Inspired by her own experience and the experiences of the motherhood collective, Kristy creates learning and teaching environments that meet her students where they are, whether they are trying to conceive, in their second or third trimester, or attempting the delicate balancing act of infant and self-care. Through classes, workshops, and her latest book, she inspires women to nurture and nourish themselves throughout their pregnancy so they can lead happy, healthy, and empowered lives.
“The goal of Pure Nurture is to empower women to create ample space for self-care, movement, nourishment, and inward kindness. From these inner wells spring our ability to love and serve others; the more they brim, the less room there is for judgment, doubt, and guilt. The more generous we are with ourselves, the more we have to give.” Kristy Rodriguez
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Tell us a little about you and your family
My husband and I have two little girls, 5 and 3 years old. We live just outside of Washington, DC with our two dogs, our fur-babies- our first “kids”. My husband is from Colombia, so we are working hard to raise our girls bilingual. We travel to Colombia often so that they can grow up knowing both of their cultures. That’s extremely important to us. Our girls attend a Montessori school, which we love. And being a yoga teacher, we also expose them to mediation, mindfulness, breathing exercises and yoga. I just taught a Valentine’s family yoga workshop with my oldest daughter. It was her idea! It was a lot of fun!
Share with us your first experience with yoga
My first yoga class was in at my local gym. I was struggling with an eating disorder at the time and my therapist recommended I try yoga. I had been a dancer since the age of nine, and I was accustomed to pushing myself, judging myself and trying really hard to be “perfect”. When I took my first yoga class, the teacher said something related to relaxing into what is, accepting what is and not pushing yourself too far. That was a breath of fresh air to me! Especially after having a ballet teacher tell the class to “suck in our basket balls”. I found yoga to be a safe and loving space where I could be myself and accept myself exactly as I was. There were no mirrors in the class, which was also a welcomed relief. From that first class until today, yoga has become my safe place. It’s a practice I depend on for health, healing, relaxation and calm amidst the constant changes of daily life- especially as a mom.
How do you prioritize self care?
It can be extremely challenging. My first priority is always my girls. Getting them ready, making them breakfast, driving them to school or swim class or playdates, dinner, bedtime, etc. Some days I don’t even get a chance to take a shower myself. I often feel like a scavenger as I’m cleaning up the kitchen after breakfast eating all the leftovers from my girls’ plates. I’ve also been extremely busy the last couple of months with my book and book launch. So when I’m not with the girls, I’m working, going to meetings, grocery shopping and cleaning the house. It’s constant. And with all of that, self-care goes on the back burner. It funny because my book is all about self-care during pregnancy. And despite all I know to be true, it is still sometimes difficult to practice what I know is best for me. The other day I was feeling a little anxious and was venting to my husband. He said, “I know of this great book by this new author. I think you should read it.” I said, “Oh, what is it?!” He walked over to the shelf and held up my book. We both stared laughing.
Self-care can look different for different people. For me, self-care is a yoga class. It is meditation, even if for just five minutes. Self-care is going to the coffee shop and reading or writing or meeting up with a good friend. I am the most successful at practicing self-care when I schedule it in my calendar, just as I would a dentist appointment or business meeting. When it’s written down and there is time allotted for it, it is more likely to happen. I also find it helpful to tell your family what you need ahead of time so that they can better support you in taking care of yourself. Because it is true and I’ve experienced it first hand, when I practice a little self-care, I am a much calmer, happier, more patient and present mama.
How do you incorporate yoga into your #mumlife?
I keep a yoga mat on the floor of my office. Even if I don’t use it for a full practice, sometimes I just need to lay down and do a full body stretch for a minute, it helps. Especially when I’ve been hunched over my computer working. I try to schedule at least 2 classes a week into my calendar. I love power vinyasa, that was my go-to practice for years. However, after my first pregnancy, I have become a huge fan of gentle yoga, yin yoga and a combo class of gentle yoga and yoga nidra. Being a mom has changed my need for the fast paced, more intense style of yoga. I find I get more out of a slower paced class. Maybe this is because my life feels so non-stop now that going to a one-hour gentle class provides me with a unique opportunity to slow down and breathe deeply. It’s exactly what my nervous system needs and craves. I’ve also found that since giving birth, my body has changed. I can no longer do some of the more challenging poses that I used to do. I have been able to recognize the difference between listening to what my body needs vs. what my ego things my body needs. Recently, I’ve found that doing a few gentle classes and a few vinyasa classes creates a nice balance. I still enjoy the heat and the challenge, just not as often as I used to.
Another way I incorporate yoga into my #mumlife is by practicing yoga with my daughters. We have so much fun “playing yoga”. And they absolutely love it. We do partner poses, take turns doing postures, etc. They each have their own mat, so we’ll line them up side by side and practice together. In all honesty, these yoga sessions only last about 5 or 10 minutes, then they’re off to something else, but I’ll take it! I feel that five minutes is better than not at all. One final way, which is the most challenging, is to take a yoga class together with my husband on our date night. We try to have date night once a week. On a few occasions he’ll agree to go to a yoga class and dinner, but usually he prefers dinner and a movie.