To Reach the Divine? Take A Streetcar Named Desire


I remember feeling the yearning, years ago, to gather with women in circle. I poked around, but as far as I knew, no one was hosting women’s circles in Brooklyn. The closest I came to something like it was a 12-week long weekly gathering, which I immediately bowed out of when I found out it was an online thing. Nothing wrong with telecircles, but what I craved for was an in-the-flesh, across-from-me kind of visceral experience.

And then I though- “hey, why don’t I just start one?”


That’s it. I give up.


I’m a new mom to a patient, sweet, lovely, clever, funny baby boy.

He’s 5 months old. That’s how long I’ve been sleep deprived.

I realize after having him that I know next to nothing about my pelvic floor. And it turns out that having a healthy, stable, strong and toned pelvic floor helps create the correct foundation for each movement in the body. In particular, it helps during pregnancy, birth and post birth.

Which helps to explain why my body feels overly achy, tired and sore.

But allow me to backtrack, as my body isn’t exactly the topic of this blog, but merely a jumping off point.


Merci, 2015


Everything takes at least 3 times longer with a baby. I intended to write and publish this WEEKS ago.

Alas, ladies & gents, I finally present you my “Merci 2015” post told in pics and captions. Last year, I wrote a similar blog (Merci, 2014) with the intention of digesting all the good that came into my life. I’ve learned that when you practice gratitude, you create space for more gifts in your life. And, well, 2015 showered me with gifts alright. It did not go AT ALL how I planned it. Finding out I was pregnant, and subsequently rearranging everything in my life to prepare for the baby, threw all my desires and plans out the window. This resulted in an initial period of deep grieving and mourning, followed by surrender and acceptance.


My name is Mishel Ixchel. I’m Ecuadorian-born &
NYC-bred. Western Mass is currently home, and it's also where I practice + teach the art of
Sacred Self Care.