Introspection-aholics™Podcast 001: Hannah Danto-Dorafsha, Body Love Expert

The Introspection-aholics™ Podcast is a bi-weekly mental health and self awareness podcast focused on helping women thrive in their life by showing up for their wellness!

Featuring interviews with real people who suffer with mental illnesses and those support them as well as discussions on general wellness, self care and current mental health talk.

Pulling from my own experiences with depression, anxiety and postpartum depression, I’m your host Kendra Kantor and I’m ready get real on these hard topics to help YOU re-define, re-align and discover who you really WANT to be.

Introspection-aholics Podcast Episode 001 Interview  Hannah Danto-Dorafsha

Hannah Danto-Dorafsha is a body love coach and yoga teacher. She helps women master the art of loving themselves as they are, tuning in to what is truly important to them, and choosing that. You can find more relatable tales of body acceptance, staying sane in motherhood, and loving yourself over at her website and facebook.

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Hannah is obsessed with the song:
The Mountain by Trevor Hall. (check it out on youtube and grab the mp3 on amazon.)
Her current favorite quote:
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”
― Hugh Downs
Coffee or tea?:
Both. Coffee is a ritual. Tea has an emotional significance.

4:20ish : As a teenager, I focused on imperfections and hating my body, it didn’t occur to me as an option to love my body.
5:35ish : When I got pregnant it came crashing down on me how much time and energy I spent worrying about my physical appearance, for what I thought was the benefit of other people. So other people would like me, so they could see the way I looked and it would be okay with them. And it hit me that that, wasn’t important.
7:10ish : I didn’t want my “daughter to have the same body issues that I had.”
7:40ish : There’s nothing more amazing than giving birth.
830ish : The fact that you can grow a human in your body is amazing!
840ish : After giving birth it was like “What the heck? Where is my body?”

9:10ish : It was like my body had been taken over by a lovely and demanding dictator being, and I couldn’t wait to have it back in size, shape, and spirit.
10:10ish : I had to go through so many sacrifices when pregnant and I didn’t expect to be doing the same after giving birth.
11:00ish : I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had no idea how long it could go on. I doubted things: Why did I want to have a baby?
13:27ish : I had major feelings of regret: Why did I even get pregnant? And that’s normal. There’s nothing wrong with that feeling.

14:59ish : One thing that made more of a difference than I could have imagined [for self care] was that I painted my toes. In the moments of a screaming child and wondering if it would ever stop, I needed something to look at that would anchor me and brace me and say “okay this too shall pass.”

16:20ish : It was difficult to accept help. I should be able to do it on my own, what kind of a mother am I if I accept help? Does that make me less than or not good enough? Learning to accept help and reminding myself that accepting help didn’t mean I was less of a mother…was huge for me.”

18:40ish : I never thought I was a rule breaker, I was a perfectionist
18:54ish : I realized there was value in breaking rules that didn’t suit me.

19:10ish : I wasn’t going to do things just because people thought I should, or that’s what society said I should.
19:35ish : I like to break unspoken societal rules, about our appearance and our lives, our house etc.
20:13ish : Hannah’s recent post about rule breaking: Trashing the Rules.

22:44ish : My dream [for Mama Body Love] is to run in person workshops and retreats

24:19ish : Am I an introspection-aholic? I don’t think about it in that way but as a yoga teacher…it lends itself toward introspection.
24:41ish : Introspection is tuning into my body and what’s going on and what my soul needs. I listen to my body for that.
25:09ish : To feel good in my life, I need to feel good in my body.

25:43ish : To the new mom who is overwhelmed, I would say: be kind to yourself.

Get in touch on facebook and on Hannah’s website, check out her free offer of 7 simple self care strategies for mom’s in the sidebar.

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