"Choosing Both": Help Circus Moms to the Next Stage with Trainer Mayumi Yamamoto

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“Choosing Both”: Help Circus Moms to the Next Stage with Trainer Mayumi Yamamoto

After the trials and changes that come with pregnancy, getting back on stage can feel like an uphill battle for many circus moms. Athletic trainer and mother of three Mayumi Yamamoto has gone from the behind-the-scenes world of Cirque du Soleil to starting MamaBodyology, a fitness program to help postpartum athletes and performers on their road to recovery. Now she tells us how—and why—she wants to help mothers keep following their passions.
Entering a new stage in life is always quite an undertaking. For the women who choose to walk the conventional path of motherhood, they often know they have their work cut out for them… but they may not know everything that work will entail. This may be doubly true for circus performers and other kinds of movement artists, who’ve honed their bodies as their creative vessels. They know of the long road to childbirth— a nine-month journey, more or less, with changes happening to their bodies all the while. They know this path is not always a straight one; that they may walk it more than once, get stopped or tripped along the way, or find themselves needing to backtrack. They know the road is dangerous. But it has a happy end, and they weather its challenges as they arise. And, with Mother Nature’s help (and hindrances) along the way and the support of everyone from their girlfriends and families to their colleagues, doctors, or partners, many circus mothers ma...
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Carolyn Klein

Carolyn Klein is a writer, poet, and circus fan from the Washington, D.C, area. Writing stories about the circus has been a dream of hers since getting introduced to circus fiction around 2014. She recently completed her B.A. in English and Creative Writing, magna cum laude, at George Mason University. As a new member of the Circus Talk journalism team, Carolyn looks forward to learning as much as she can about the industry and people behind circus.