For the next several weeks, we will be putting it all together. Our starting place is early labor, a time to retreat, taking rest and nourishment for the demands ahead. This is the fetal position, being still, connecting with the subtly of cellular breathing. Labor progresses, movement begins slowly, ease fully as we expand outward, from our core like your baby will do when it is time to be born. Active labor involves more concentrated effort, yielding in standing poses, reaching in forward bends while connecting reverently with the breath. We will give birth, arching into backbends, leading with the mouth and pushing with the tail. In postpartum, we round back, reconnecting with our core. This will be a time of strengthening/connecting with the physical body that makes up our core i.e. the pelvic floor, lower abdominals and the muscles of your inner thighs. Finally, our work is complete, we conclude where we begin, resting back, huddled over in the fetal position.