Self-Care for 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, Educator, Wellness Maven, Birth Coach, Ideation Consultant, and Side Hustle Coach. Living and working the ethos of resilience and food as medicine, she helps empower people through work, life, childbirth, and transformation. In her private practice, she coaches women who crave financial freedom and an integrated work/life/cycle balance.

Laena launched her startup, Anarchy in a Jar, in 2009. It has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Times T Style Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, New York Magazine, Bust, Elle Japan, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, and Saveur. Laena's cookbook, Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, was published with Penguin Random House in 2012. A student of her own hustle advice, she launched her newest venture, a self-care line, in 2016, using edible organic herbs and oils to feel good and nourish the skin.

Laena graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, received an MS in Information Science from Pratt Institute, has trained as a birth coach, food scientist, and herbalist, 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, wellness rituals, and startup nitty-gritty, you can find her dreaming about her next adventure, while practicing self-care, and chasing after her toddler.

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In this special edition of her popular self-care class, herbalist, food entrepreneur, 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.

The class will begin with an overview of what healthy, balancing self-care rituals look like, then delve into 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 a simple exercises, abdominal massage, stretching and breath work that can work wonders 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, like herbs, oils and ingredients, cycle tracking, and 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 self care rituals, empowering them to take their physical, emotional and reproductive health into their own hands.

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