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Fourth Trimester

A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804003
In stock now: 5

A holistic, practical guide to help support women through post-partum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels.

Pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum offer women some of the most emotionally enriching and satisfying experiences of their life. But many women entering motherhood are shocked at their lack of preparation or awareness about what that actually means for their bodies, minds, spirits, and relationships. Kimberly Johnson, a doula, post-partum recovery expert, and yoga instructor has created a wise and supportive illustrated guide that offers women a roadmap to this very important transition that can last a few months—or even a few years. She draws from her vast professional experience, as well as her own personal experience, and also a number of disciplines including Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, yoga, herbal medicine, energetics, and traditional (folk) remedies, among others, to create a truly rich and holistic guide.

The book offers advice for pregnant women on how to prepare their body for birth; how to organize themselves and their households for the best possible transition to motherhood; simple practices to facilitate healing and restore energy; and how to strengthen relationships and aid the return to sex. Johnson also explores the complex and often conflicting emotions that arise post-partum, and explores the profound nature of childbirth and new motherhood. She helps women contextualize their experience and tap into the spiritual opportunities it can provide.

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Urban Tantra, Second Edition

Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9780399579684
In stock now: 5

Urban Tantra’s juicy mix of erotic how-to and heart-centered spiritual wisdom from acclaimed sex educator Barbara Carrellas radically updates the ancient practice of Tantra for modern sexual explorers desiring to push past their edge in search of the great cosmic orgasm—and for ecstatic aliveness that “juices” our core and our loving connections.

Why is ecstasy important? Why might you want to prioritize the pursuit of ecstasy in your own life?

With more than 100 easy-to-follow techniques for expanded orgasmic states and solo and partner play (as well as more adventurous practices), this in-depth guide—with the author’s theatrical sense of humour—reveals the delicious worlds of ecstasy available to all, including The Erotic Awakening Massage, Breath and Energy Orgasms, Twenty-Minute Tantra, Evolutionary Selfloving, Sex and Healing, Tantric BDSM, and learning how to craft your own tantric rituals. For tantric virgins and curious sex positivists alike—no matter your gender, sexual preference, or erotic tastes, Urban Tantra will expand your notions about pleasure and open you up to new horizons of intimacy and sexual fulfillment.

You’ll learn why breath, meditation, movement, and laughter are the building blocks of expanded orgasm, and you’ll learn how to use them to build your own sensual stairway to paradise. You’ll also learn the secrets of exquisite touch and how the way you touch can transform your relationships. Last, you’ll learn how to do all of this in the time you have available in your busy schedule.

This 2017 updated edition includes a new introduction, up-to-date refs and resources, a new take on the possibilities and responsibilities of Tantra in today’s world, plus new and cutting-edge information to reach an expanded community—added information on multi-partner play, practices for asexuals and aromantics, expanded practices for trans and gender nonconforming people, and more. Toward a culture of consent!

Any conscious breath can be a transformative breath. Breathing consciously simply means being mindful, aware, and attentive to your breath. Remember, we can only focus on one thought at a time. If we keep our mind full with our breathing, we don’t have the space to think things like “I’ll never come,” “I wonder if they really love me,” or “Did I mail that bill?” Now, I’m not suggesting that you only think about your breath when you have sex. But if you focus on your breath as you might in meditation—that is, using breath as the technique that allows you to actually arrive at the place of meditation—you’ll find you’re well on your way to conscious sex.

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Daring to Rest

Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781622039098
In stock now: 8

What if you could reboot your health, tap into your creative self, reclaim your wild nature, lead from your heart—and still feel well rested?

As modern women, we’re taught that we can do it all, have it all, and be it all. While this freedom is beautiful, it’s also exhausting. Being a “worn-out woman” is now so common that we think feeling tired all the time is normal. According to Karen Brody, feeling this exhausted is not normal—and it’s holding us back. In Daring to Rest, Brody comes to the rescue with a 40-day program to help you reclaim rest and access your most powerful, authentic self through yoga nidra, a meditative practice that guides you into one of the deepest states of relaxation imaginable.

Now, it’s time to lie down and begin the journey to waking up.

Though it comes from the yogic tradition, yoga nidra doesn’t look like a typical yoga class—the entire practice is done lying down. As you listen to a guided meditation, you’re gently taken into complete inner stillness, effortlessly releasing into a healing state that works on both cellular and subtle body levels.

With Daring to Rest, Brody presents a comprehensive yoga nidra program that unfolds in three phases: rest for physical exhaustion, release for mental and emotional exhaustion, and rise for tuning in to the “life purpose exhaustion” that can come when we’re not in our full power. Each phase includes a downloadable yoga nidra guided meditation and supportive practices.

The yoga nidra meditations will teach you how to step into a deeply restful, timeless state that relaxes your body and helps you feel physically rested. But physical exhaustion is just the first layer of exhaustion. If it were the only layer, ten just getting more sleep or sleeping better would resolve it. I will teach you how to use yoga nidra meditation to clear the burnout you’re experiencing at the deeper, subtler levels of your being, so that you can feel rested and whole again on not just the body level, but the levels of the mind, emotions, and psyche as well.

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Good Sex

Getting Off without Checking Out
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781623172343
In stock now: 6

Jessica Graham demonstrates that a deep spiritual life and an extraordinary sex life are not mutually exclusive in this keenly personal and unflinchingly frank guide to finding mindfulness in sex without losing the fun and adventure. Graham shares her own gradual transformation from checked out and sexually traumatized to present and joyfully recovered in all aspects of her life as she offers simple mindfulness tools and techniques to improve your sex life and romantic relationships.

Her story of sexual healing, awakening, and exploration weaves together with a meditation manual and down-to-earth suggestions for how to bring mindfulness into the bedroom. Not only a tool kit for creating a rich and deeply satisfying sex life, this fun, explicit, and transformative book conveys the deeper message of how combining meditation with sex can bring about profound spiritual awakenings.

Good Sex begins with basic meditation instructions from a variety of techniques, followed by mindfulness exercises delving into communication difficulties, and the fear, attachment, and shame that can come up around sex. The book's matter-of-fact and inclusive perspective borrows from Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, but is accessible to the secular community and those with no spiritual or meditation background at all.

Graham discusses everything from open-eyed orgasms to threesomes to how to deal with a partner with a low sex drive. From a sex-positive and nontraditional stance she explores nonmonogamy, the benefits of pornography, sexual trauma, consent, and much more. Anyone feeling stuck or stunted in their sex life, unable to communicate their needs or desires, will find strategies for approaching difficult subjects and connecting more intimately with partners. They will discover ways to trust their own personal wisdom, to know themselves better, have better sex, and embrace the spiritual dimension in their sexuality.

 

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Why Won't You Apologize?

Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781501129612
In stock now: 7

The renowned psychologist and author of The Dance of Anger sheds new light on the two most important words in the English language—I’m sorry—and offers a unique perspective on the challenge of healing broken connections and restoring trust.

Harriet Lerner has been studying apologies—and why some people won’t give them—for more than two decades. Now she offers compelling stories and solid theory that bring home how much the simple apology matters and what is required for healing when the hurt we’ve inflicted (or received) is far from simple. Readers will learn how to craft a deeply meaningful “I’m sorry” and avoid apologies that only deepen the original injury.

Why Won’t You Apologize? also addresses the compelling needs of the injured party—the one who has been hurt by someone who won’t apologize, tell the truth, or feel remorse. Lerner explains what drives both the non-apologizer and the over-apologizer, as well as why the people who do the worst things are the least able to own up. She helps the injured person resist pressure to forgive too easily and challenges the popular notion that forgiveness is the only path to peace of mind. With her trademark humor and wit, Lerner offers a joyful and sanity-saving guide to setting things right.

Lead with your heart and not your attack dog. It’s difficult and it’s worth it. The courage to apologize, and the wisdom and clarity to do so wisely and well, is at the heart of effective leadership, coupledom, parenting, friendship, personal integrity, and what we call love. It’s hard to imagine what matters more than that.

“If you want to know why Harriet Lerner is one of my great heroes, Why Won’t You Apologize? is the answer. This book is a game changer.”Brené Brown, author  of Rising Strong

“Harriet Lerner is one hell of a wise woman. She draws you in with deft and engaging prose, and then changes your life with her rigorous intelligence and her deeply human advice. I promise that you will never see ‘the apology’ in quite the same way.” —Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity

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Green Mama-to-Be

Creating a Happy, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Dundurn
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781459736283
In stock now: 3

I wish Id known that when I was pregnant! It’s a feeling all parents know: wanting to keep our children safe and thriving in an ever-changing world. What happens during pregnancy sets the stage for the rest of a child’s life, so the Green Mama is here to help make this period healthier, happier, and safer for both mother-to-be and baby.

Swollen ankles? Difficult birth? Postpartum depression? Most expectant parents think, It won’t happen to me! But from conception through to birth, families today aren’t getting what they expect or expecting what they get.

The Green Mama explores a variety of sources, from the latest scientific and medical research and advice to traditional wisdom, to find out what issues, decisions, and avoidable dangers have the greatest impact on our children’s health. She brings together this combined wisdom to demystify epigenetics, the microbiome, a healthy pregnancy diet, toxin-free living, pregnancy exercises, herbal remedies, natural birth, healthy postpartum care, and many of the other mysteries of modern birth and parenting. Through gentle guidance, humour, and a trove of specific advice from dependable sources, Green Mama-to-Be is the essential guide for today’s mothers- and fathers-to-be.

Recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience show that first-time mother actually grow radically different brains during pregnancy and while caring for their infants. The very biology of parenthood is miraculous, a time when the body grows its only temporary organ (the placenta) and turns the body’s stores and consumed food and water into a new being: brain, heart, spine, and tiny feet. I’ll never look at dinner the same again.

 

And when the baby starts to move inside you, the magic and mystery become a conversation…I especially remember tht conversation during birth when I suddenly became aware that it wasn’t just me labouring to free myself of a baby, but a child laboring to free herself from my ever-tightening womb.

Also by Manda is Green Mama.

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Sensation

Adventures in Sex, Love & Laughter
$16.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781786780935
In stock now: 3

Bestselling author Isabel Losada brings her unique blend of humour, curiosity and honesty to the still rather taboo subject of sexuality. This is a brave, funny and often vulnerable quest to find out how we can make our sex life blissful.

On behalf of all women, slightly terrified, she begins with a women’s workshop where she has to get naked. From here, Isabel journeys through the first international conference of clitoral stroking, is informed of eleven different forms of orgasm—ten of which she hasn’t had—, endures NHS Kegal exercises and mystical sensations with tantric masters.

Irreverent yet open-minded, Sensation is both moving and challenging. For anyone who has ever been tempted to dip their toes in the deep waters of sexual exploration, Isabel Losada plunges you straight in.

In my spiritual life and in relation to others I know how to be—kindness and compassion as a philosophy serve me well. Now the spiritual has to join the sexual in a whole new way. They are not to be housed in different parts of my body and soul. Everyone that has a sex life wants a good sex life so… I’m going to make pleasure a priority and I’ll be encouraging you to do the same. There will be ideas in these pages that you can contemplate, consider and create—joyfully I hope—in your own bedroom…

 

There is nothing so shocking, it seems, as having sex with a consenting adult with whom you are in a relationship. If we just open the bedroom door and look inside.

“Nakedly frank and frankly nakedly necessary” — The Bookseller

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Father Therapy

How to Heal Your Father Issues So You Can Enjoy Your Life
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: August, 2017
ISBN: 9781401949297
In stock now: 4

Wounds from primal relationships, such as those with mothers and fathers, run very deep. If your childhood involved an absent, addicted, or abusive father, you may have these emotional ghosts:

  • Low self-esteem
  • People-pleasing, approval-seeking, neediness, and codependency
  • Wishing and praying that your dad would change into the father you believe he should be
  • Feeling frequently angry, including repressed anger
  • Choosing romantic partners who remind you of your dad
  • Intimidation surrounding male authority figures.

In this insightful and compassionate book, former psychotherapist Doreen Virtue and practicing clinical social worker Andrew Karpenko present a range of self-healing techniques to empower you to counsel your inner wounded child so that you can deal with men as a healthy functioning adult.

Whether you are a man or a woman, they help you to choose thriving, balanced relationships with the males in your life; open your heart to feeling safe receiving love; and reconnect with both divine feminine and masculine energies.

All of your painful experiences have happened for a reason. There are parts of your psyche calling out for attention. Healing your father wounds will free you from lingering feelings of emptiness and patterns of dysfunction with men—to pursue your passion and life purpose unfettered by the past.

Don’t be surprised if you father contacts you personally or you come across some correspondence from him while reading this book. It’s part of the healing process. We believe that life goes on after death, so if your father has passed, it is not too late to heal that relationship. You will be helping his soul as well as your own…

 

Picking up this book is the first step and, through the law of attraction, has a way of connecting you with the right people, healing modalities, or other resources that will facilitate your healing of father wounds.

Doreen Virtue has numerous books and oracle card sets available.

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Sacred Pregnancy Journey Deck

Inspirational Guidance for Your Pregnancy
$39.99 CAD
Tarot & Oracle Card Set
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: August, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171346
In stock now: 2

Women embarking on the magical journey of pregnancy will find comfort and guidance in the Sacred Pregnancy Deck—50 stunning full-color cards that inspire and inform mothers-to-be as they navigate the beautiful but often complex process of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. As either a standalone deck or a companion to Anni Daulter's Sacred Pregnancy book, the card deck invites women to contemplate, celebrate, and meditate every day throughout the pregnancy and beyond. The accompanying 96-page booklet offers short but powerful explanations for the meaning of each card, encouraging expectant mothers to live with purpose and integrity while seeking clarity on any issues they may be struggling with.

For those who want to drop deeply into the experience of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, the deck serves as an invaluable divination tool and spiritual guide. It provides support and direction during a time of heightened awareness, when both insight and anxiety may be keener than usual. Grounding and elucidating, the deck enriches the experience of pregnancy and childbirth, bringing increased understanding, self-awareness, and enjoyment to the process. A thoughtful gift, it can easily be used beyond birth to guide women during all phases of their sacred quest through motherhood.

The booklet and 3.5" x 5.5" cards are packaged in an attractive box perfect for travel or storage.

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Ethical Slut, Third Edition

A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: August, 2017
ISBN: 9780399579660
In stock now: 7

The guide of choice for people curious to move beyond conventional monogamy, and for anyone interested in learning better skills for love, sex, and intimacy, The Ethical Slut will open you up to the adventure and freedom that comes from redefining the way you relate to friends and lovers.

For 20 years The Ethical Slut has dispelled myths and offered the techniques, skills, and ideals they have developed for practicing successful and ethical polyamory through open communication, emotional honesty, and managing jealousy. The third edition has been revised with more than 15 practical exercises, new topics such as consent and overcoming sexual shame, interviews with poly millennials (young people who have grown up without the prejudices their elders encountered regarding gender, orientation, sexuality, and relationships), tributes to poly pioneers, and new sidebars on topics such as asexuality, sex workers, and ways polys can connect and thrive.

The authors also include new content addressing nontraditional relationships beyond the polyamorous paradigm of “more than two”: couples who don't live together, couples who don't have sex with each other, nonparallel arrangements, couples with widely divergent sex styles, power disparities, and cross-orientation relationships, while utilizing nonbinary gender language and new terms that have come into common usage since the last edition.

Whether you’re a card carrying slut or just testing the waters, you’ll learn how to find your desires and discover romance and friendship beyond your dreams.

The Ethical Slut is one of the most useful relationship books you could ever read, no matter what your lifestyle choices. It’s chock-full of great information about communication, jealousy, asking for what you want, and maintaining a relationship with integrity.” —Annie Sprinkle