Hi. I’m Liz.
If you’ve made it this far, I’m pretty sure that I can relate to how you’re feeling right now: full of gratitude at the newest addition to your family, but also completely overwhelmed and exhausted. With that in mind, I’ve created two versions of my story.
Version 1, if you want my stats but are too tired or busy to read more than a few sentences:
Liz Harden, MPH. Mother of two.
Health educator and health enthusiast. Yoga instructor. Sleep coach.
Founder of Little Dipper Wellness. Here to help your family get the sleep and exercise you need to be well, and well-rested.
Version 2, if you’ve got a bit more time or interest . . . or are so tired and busy that you’ve given up on efficiency:
Sleep and yoga are as important to me as water and air. Their presence in my life are directly related to my happiness and ability to function in this world.
I’m not the only one who feels that way, either: robust scientific research shows that quality sleep and exercise are fundamental components of healthy living (with yoga getting a special shout-out). That’s why I founded Little Dipper Wellness: to help new parents - and their little ones - find balance and rest through yoga and sleep coaching.
I’ve been a sleep enthusiast throughout my life. I love sleep. I crave sleep. I NEED sleep. And when I had my first baby in 2011, I became fully obsessed with sleep -- both the baby’s and mine. I never got enough. Ever. I dreamt of some kind of sleep bank, where I could save up my lost slumber and cash it in when I got to that beyond-exhausted state. But, since my dream didn’t exist, I went for Plan B: getting my hands on every book I could find on sleep training for infants.
Unfortunately, that didn’t solve my problems. I was so cross-eyed from exhaustion that I’d read a few chapters, but end up too spent to make any decisions based on what I’d learned. Or I’d fall asleep reading. Eventually, I sought the expertise of a sleep coach to help me cut through the abundance of literature and make some intentional, lasting changes.
That decision changed my life. No exaggeration. With some pro guidance, my baby started sleeping through the night and even napping! With new excitement and inspiration to be forever-well-rested, combined with my Master’s training as a health educator, I found myself uniquely poised to launch a new career path in sleep coaching. I knew I could teach other parents what I’d learned, saving them great time, energy, and mental strife in doing so.
Five years later, here I am: a pediatric sleep coach and mother of two children who sleep well, but not because they came by it naturally!
As a new mom, I was also confronted with the fact that I no longer had time or energy for exercise. Consequently, my yoga practice (and sanity) took a big hit. But fortunately, I soon found a solution: I realized that with a little creativity and flexibility, I could maintain my yoga practice by doing yoga with my son. Alongside my little yogi, I discovered the joys of baby and kids’ yoga. I trained and became certified with Rainbow Kids Yoga in 2013, and have been teaching yoga to children on playgrounds, in my living room, in schools, and in studios ever since. I finished my 200-hour yoga teacher training in Spring 2015, deepening my own yoga practice and bringing greater depth to my work with babies, children, and their caregivers.
Children are an endless source of inspiration, and a constant reminder of the beauty of living in the now. I’m happy and grateful to have found my calling in helping families adjust to their arrival -- and discover more energy, rest, and joy as everyone grows together.
Whether you’ve come to Little Dipper in search of help with sleep, yoga, or both, either for you or your little ones, my goal is to help bring quality rest and integrated well-being into your busy home.
I thank you for listening to my story, and I’d love to hear yours.
In rest and wellness,
Liz Harden, MPH
Sleep coach, Yoga Instructor, Mom