Awakening Through Sleep: Don’t Believe Everything You Think

by Mar De Carlo Oscategui

Book Excerpt from Awakening Through Sleep

Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Question Your Thoughts and Beliefs

When it comes to child sleep there are many beliefs and misconceptions about how our child should sleep and what the right way to sleep is. Where do these beliefs come from? In order to expand our thinking and invite a holistic understanding and approach it is important to explore and understand why  we have the beliefs that we do?

There’s so many places where we draw our beliefs from. They are very much influenced by a whole host of different ways and so understanding that on a deep level gives us an opportunity to then really explore deeper what is going on with our beliefs and how we can be flexible and open with them, because they can be very limiting.

Our beliefs can be generated form observations, personal experience, science, authority, assumptions, facts, law, policies position, policies, emotions, subconscious and so on.

Some of the greatest influences of our beliefs come from ancestors, parents, friends, teachers, religions, experiences, cultures, traditions, media, schools, books, magazines, radio shows, experts, doctors etc….

In order to be open to our beliefs, to question, to be curious, to examine them a little bit more and to even transform them, especially the ones that we find limit us and may not be serving us, we first need to understand is this my belief or someone else’s? Is it my belief that babies manipulate or someone else’s? What is my belief based on? Is that based on my experiences as a child? Is it based on authority and what they say? Is it based on emotion, intuition, logic, science, sensory? Where is that belief coming from? Is it true? How long has this belief been with me? What is the earliest memory of having this belief? Where did my belief come from? How did it feel to have this belief is it really serving you and everyone around you and does this belief support me?

Understanding our beliefs, where they’re coming from, how they’re serving us or not serving us is an important foundation for holistic and integrative thinking and application.

Once we have expanded our mind, we invite our body to expand as well. This is where my Physical Awakening Method comes in.

Meet Mar

Mary “Mar” De Carlo Oscategui, RYT 500 and founder of the International Maternity & Parenting Institute RYT 500, is a holistic health, lifestyle, business coach, author, artist, performer, group facilitator and founder of several global companies. She has also served as an SBDC small business adviser and a board member of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

Mar began her expansive coaching path with the health and fitness twenty three years ago where she trained and worked with individuals and groups as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, pilates and yoga instructor. Along the way she became involved in the business side of these industries where eventually she became a manager and then entrepreneur of several successful businesses in the health and birth industries. Mar found business to be a powerful gateway for personal, spiritual and social growth where one can find deep personal fulfillment.

Having worked with many groups and individuals in throughout the world her experience has allowed me to regularly teach and train people from all walks of life. As a result, it has also lead her to understand the variety of physical and emotional needs that each individual has.

In 2007, on a summer trip to Ojai, California, her daughter, Bella Luna was conceived, she had a home birth which transformed her life and gave birth to expanding her knowledge on maternity, parenting and “green” living. Her inspiration led her to support families where she founded two additional companies: and International Maternity & Parenting Institute.

She has overcome countless challenges throughout her life; using each as stepping stones to not only form the person she today but to also help others overcome their challenges in the most practical, inspirational and transformative way.

She enjoys advising and coaching businesses and entrepreneurs in the fitness, yoga, wellness and birth industries along with regularly teaching in person and online group classes. For Mar business is personal and as a result her work holistically integrates scientific research and intuitive knowledge using the modalities of yoga, dance, pilates, nutrition, fitness, reiki, dance, energy work, stress management, green living, meditation, sleep and rest. She blends her business savvy skills with an integrative sustainable approach to her work.

She successfully launched multiple companies helping others to grow and succeed – all while maintaining her health, sanity, and love for life. Her qualifications include over two dozen certifications in the health, fitness, yoga and maternity fields covering a range of holistic topics: exercise, stress management, nutrition, sleep, eco-consulting, somatic yoga therapy, meditation, pilates, pregnancy, birth, wellness coaching, and business coaching. She is a mom to two children and the author of three books: “Green Body Green Birth” , “The Baby Planner Profession: What You Need to Know” and “Awakening Through Sleep: A Transformational and Spiritual Guide to Pregnancy, Parent and Child Sleep“.

Mar’s Companies Include:

  • Marin Business Sanctuary, Founder
  • International Maternity and Parenting Institute (IMPI), Founder and CEO
  • Association of Professional Sleep Consultants (APSC), Founder
  • International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals (IABPP), Founder
  • Physical Awakening, Holistic Health & Fitness Services


Mar has presented for the The Association For Prenatal And Perinatal Psychology And Health,  BirthKeepers Summit, International Association for Child Safety,International Nanny Association.She has been featured in a variety of media publications which you can find on her media page: Consumer Reports, US News & World Report, LA Times, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, SF Examiner, Kiwi Magazine, Green Child Magazine, Bay Area Parent, Marin TV and more….She has been an interviewed guest for the Conscious Mama Show, Well and Wise Online Mama Summit, Food Body Spirit Connection Summit, Women’s Global Summit, Core Freedom Show, Awakening Online and Making a Difference in Marin.


Personal Trainer Certifications
American College of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine
American Council on Exercise
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
American Aerobic Association International

Group Exercise Certifications
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
American Aerobic Association International Cycling
Johnny G Cycling

Nutrition Certifications
Ann Wigmore: The Living Foods Lifestyle
Nutrition Psychology Coach

Sleep Certifications
The School of Sleep Medicine

Stress Management Certifications
The Spencer Institute

Pilates Instructor Certifications
Stott Pilates Pilates Trained Matwork & Reformer
American Aerobic Association International Pilates
The Physical Mind-Pilates Mat Certified

Yoga Instructor Certifications
7 Centers Yoga Arts 200 Hour Hatha/Tantra/Ayurveda
Be Yoga 8 Hour Restorative Yoga
Fitness Resource Associates 100 Hour Vini Yoga
AAAI Yoga Instructor Level I 20 Hour Hatha Yoga
YogaFit Level I 40 Hour Hatha Yoga
Somatic Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy
Yin Yoga
Chakra Yoga

Theater Education

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