We started from the same place as most of you.  Knowing nothing about childbirth save for this (click on video):

Which we began to think was sorta crazy.  So we went about exploring and quickly became fascinated by the magic of the human body- how intricately we are designed and the brilliance of the defense mechanisms in place. 

And as we spent more time "in the field" we began to realize just how much there is to learn about our selves from birth. Because the thing about the birthing process is that it's a total release into the unknown. We don't know when it will happen, how long it will last, what it will feel like... it's truly a practice of complete surrender and presence. 

Cue the cheesy life metaphor.  

But it's true. And we believe there is much to be learned from birth and from tuning into the body's signals that can be applied to practically everything. 

And thus, Brilliant Bodies was born to inspire:

  • Awareness of body and mind

  • Trust in our own brilliance

...via creative, non-fear based education and content (yeah, we're making cells cool), workshops, gatherings, and services

 

Your way is the only right way. You are Brilliant.

 

ASH

I'm a DONA International Certified Birth Doula, childbirth educator and prenatal nutritional consultant. I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with Honors in Comparative Arts and Anthropology and practice a variety of therapeutic cooking, breath, movement, mindfulness and bodywork modalities. In addition to working with clients and facilitating workshops, I also helped write and develop the Clean Plates restaurant guidebooks, cookbook, mobile app and email publication Motivate. My work can be seen across multiple digital and printed platforms including Yahoo Health, Epoch Times and Cosmopolitan. I have developed and taught workshops in multiple educational and corporate settings including Whole Foods and Equinox gyms. I love drinking coffee on my balcony in the mornings, biking over and jumping off of bridges, dancing and dinner parties.

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NAT

I was born and raised in Colombia and have lived in New York City for the past 12+ years. I've worked as a Birth Doula for 5 years and live in Brooklyn with my daughter Maya and my husband Roger. I trained with Debra Pascali-Bonaro and I'm a DONA International Certified Birth Doula (CD (DONA)). I am also a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and have an adult/child/infant CPR/AED/Choking Certification through the American Heart Association Heartsaver, and in Neonatal Resuscitation with Karen Strange. I am also a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. From my past live I have a Bachelors Degree in Literature and post-graduate studies in Translation & Interpretation. I am a regular contributor to Mind Body Green and WellRounded NY. My work has been featured on multiple media outlets including Newsweek,  Refinery29, Well+Good and Business Insider.

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