Nourishing a Healthy Cycle: Hormone Balancing, Fertility Awareness and Cycle Tracking

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Taught by Laena McCarthy

Laena is Founder and CEO of Anarchy in a Jar, a jam and mustard company based in Brooklyn. She's an entrepreneur, instructional designer, birth and business coach–empowering people through work, life, childbirth, and transformation. In her private practice, she coaches people who crave financial freedom and an integrated work/life/cycle.

Laena launched her startup, Anarchy in a Jar, in 2009. It has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Martha Stewart Show, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, and more. Laena's cookbook, Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, was published with Penguin Random House in 2012. Her newest venture is Integrated Hustle, a firm that coaches and educates lean entrepreneurs.

Laena graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, received an MS in Information Science from Pratt Institute, has trained as a birth coach and food scientist, and was awarded the United States Antarctica Service Medal by the Department of Defense for her work with the National Science Foundation.

When she’s not making it rain with mustard and startup nitty-gritty, you can find her dreaming about her next adventure and chasing her children around Brooklyn.

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In this special edition of her popular self-care class, entrepreneur, educator, birth and postpartum doula, Laena McCarthy, will discuss the menstrual cycle, fertility awareness method (FAM), diet and lifestyle choices for hormonal health, and the effects of long term hormonal birth control. This class is for anyone with female hormones, whether you're trying to get pregnant or never want to be.

The class will begin with an overview of what healthy, balancing self-care rituals look like, then delve into women's cycles 101 (the class you should have gotten in high school), cycle tracking, fertility awareness, and having a real conversation with your body to understand your cycle and balance hormones, while harnessing healing traditions and practices to boost the female body's natural resilience and protect from stress and damage. We’ll cover how a plant-based diet, herbs, mindfulness, and massage can break patterns of stress and hormonal imbalance.

The last 30 minutes of class, we’ll learn simple exercises, abdominal massage, stretching and breath work for improving hormonal balance, menstrual pain, PCOS, or irregularity, increase mental health, and prevent damage from stress and exhaustion.

Participants will learn about resources for fertility support and cycle tracking, and receive a guide Laena's created with recipes for a healthy plant-based diet, cycle tracking, massage, and mindfulness exercises covered in the class, as well as a greater understanding of how to enhance their daily rituals, empowering them to take their physical, emotional and reproductive health into their own hands.

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