Most people know me by the name of Pearl, but my given name is Constant Motion Woman. I’m Hunkpapa Lakota from Standing Rock and Anishinaabe from White Earth Nation. I'm eagle clan and currently reside in Mni Sota Mahkoce. I have gravitated and learned Anishinaabe ways of life over the years and continue to grow and learn about my ancestors and the teachings of my people from both lineages.
When I became a mother, I realized the one part of health that I wasn't always thinking about before- love. Indigenous love. As a parent, I understand the great responsibility I have in doing everything more intently and purposefully with indigenous love at the forefront. This includes checking in on how I am taking care of my physical and emotional health, as well as my spiritual health. It continues with parenting my son. There were times when I had doubts, fears, unforeseen anxieties, and was unsure of myself working full-time and co-parenting with my husband. It wasn't until I became a doula and lactation counselor that I felt empowered to begin letting go of the doubts, fears, and anxieties. Indigenous birthing and breastfeeding practices are centered in love. Indigenous love. And it's so incredibly beautiful, empowering, and healing.
I believe that by sharing our birthing and breastfeeding practices with Indigenous mothers and families, we can bring Indigenous love back into our families and communities. Through Indigenous love, we can heal ourselves and our relations- with all beings- undoing the impacts of what colonization has done. Within Indigenous love, are ways to care for one's self and community in a healthy way, to avoid burnout, to do things with a clear mind and good heart, and to work every day towards mino-bimaadiziwin or wolakota. This is the journey that brought me to the practice of yoga.
I was still experiencing stress, anxiety from doing all the things as a full-time working and nursing mom, and taking on a lot. When we were finally able to afford a gym membership, I started working out again and wanted to get back into it because it made me feel good. I decided to try a yoga class included in our gym membership and noticed how different it made me feel. I think I cried every time I went to yoga class, no matter how often or seldom it was over the next few years after my son was born. I left feeling centered and more appreciative of what was around me, in front of me, behind me. It was always a new experience that made an impact on my overall health. This practice brought me back to Indigenous love.
This is why I want to share these passions with you. Our birthing and breastfeeding practices and the practice of yoga. Perhaps like me, you may have had moments of uncertainty or self-doubt. I can tell you, that from both of these passions combined I have learned that you have all of the tools you need already within you. Sometimes, it takes attention and focus to shake off the dust and put them to use. Honor your body, breath, and life with love, constantly.
Join me, to bring back Indigenous love into our lives.
My (short) story