Not everybody fully gets yoga – and that is okay! Some people experience the same higher levels of self through different physical or emotional or mental progression. For example, so many people I’ve met report on having a holistic and freeing experience via running – and this is something I just don’t get. And to be frank I am not great at it… I was a sprinter during school – and that was fun and easy because it was all about getting from A to B as quickly as possible – ironic that I love yoga then… as yoga is all about the journey and not the destination, not about reaching that final point as such.
I am not a fan of consistent impact on the body either (mostly those precious knees of ours) – but that is my personal preference…
The point is, if you get me running randomly on the street somewhere you may find me crying or gagging – both have happened.
With yoga, I see it as something that is present in my day-to-day life, not just something that is with me on my mat or during asana, and this has heightened during my pregnancy, maybe because of the restrictions I have faced. Whilst I have known this during my pregnancy, I still do really miss the more full-on or active physical practice. If you read the first part of this blog post, then you will know that I have not felt comfortable attending a prenatal yoga class, and it has kind of baffled me as to the reasons why, but I think it is as simple as wanting to choose when I do my breathing practice or less strenuous poses, because I have been sporadically sick or had flu or felt exhausted or whatever else comes with most pregnancies, and so I just haven’t wanted that prescribed practice, even though traditionally yoga is about dedicating a set time and duration to your practice – this just isn’t always feasible in modern day life – pregnant or not.
But please remember, as I mentioned in the previous post, that prenatal and postnatal yoga classes are great for some women, especially those who have no or little experience in practising yoga – it is the best way to be safe for you and your baby – avoid doing any online videos unless you have some experience. Nag. Nag. NAG!
Pregnant woman Advice ALERT – Listen to your body, and to that connection with your growing baby, know your limits and remember you are different to the next pregnant woman. The END! Oh no, there appears to be a tad more…
Whilst yoga is great for fitness, it is really the Ha-THA that is most beneficial when pregnant (in my experience anyway – one pregnancy six years ago without yoga and this one with)… this yin and yang balance helps you remain yourself as well as being a carrier and nurturer of your baby – well as much as you can be your ‘self’ during this challenging (but amazing) time.
You must be kind to yourself (and I am talking to you and I am talking to me too), and don’t be pressured by other pregnant women – including me hahahehehe. So this may mean taking the plethora of pregnant related images that circulate the Internet with a pinch of salt… yes I have seen those beautiful photographs that have a ‘perfectly’ (I use the term in the loosest sense here) formed male supporting a pregnant female (presumably his partner, just because the pose is intimate and they are naked) with just his feet – impressive certainly, beautiful for sure… But would I do it or even recommend it? NO! But that is my professional opinion and my personal choice… besides I think my husband would refuse point blank. The image I refer to, and others similar to it, do demonstrate trust, intimacy, beauty, nature, balance, new life and so much more, but I am sure as it did for me, it can make many a pregnant woman wince at the thought. It could make a pregnant woman feel intimated and not liberated or supported (which I imagine are the opposite reasons behind the image being photographed).
Also, take the mass of articles and blog posts with a pinch of salt too – even this one if it doesn’t sit right with you. One recent article I read was saying it is fine for pregnant women to continue with Hot Yoga, and to continue doing backbends… I would recommend against doing both of these. Your body will spring back to fitness post pregnancy if you are kind to all parts during pregnancy. No one else knows your body better than you, we get swayed by media, peer pressure, what we think is happening, but really we are smarter than we give ourselves credit for half the time – just stay self aware – this way it will be easier for your body to pick up on any signs… just like I had to, the pain was telling me I was pushing my limits, but I still struggled through until I finally listened to my body. No doubt you will learn something new about your body each day during pregnancy.
One thing I keep thinking that never crossed my mind during my first pregnancy is that the human body is freaking amazing! I know this sounds dramatic, but I think I am right on this rare occasion.
All of my rabble aside, one thing is for certain during your pregnancy is that you do not need added pressure or stress… so try different prenatal instructors and decide who suits you…. And if nothing else – DO THE BREATHING!
I have continued my lifestyle of yoga throughout pregnancy, but this may not suit you, and just to show you that we all do it differently here’s my roundup:
So there you have it – no doubt you will have a completely different experience with yoga and pregnancy as I am having, and so LISTEN TO YOURSELF, and try as much as you can to rest, and to enjoy the good parts of being with-child.
Much Love. Namaste
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