Loving Prenatal Yoga
Inspired by my friend Justine's recent post about yoga over at the Lone Home Ranger, I'm finally writing this post. It's been in my head for a while but blogging has been on the back burner for the last few weeks!
I've done a lot of non-pregnant yoga in my life. I did Bikram yoga for years and also some vinyasa flow and some basic hatha yoga. Yoga always makes me feel better. No matter how reluctant I was to get up and get moving, I'm always glad I did.
That said, prenatal yoga has a special place in my heart. While I was pregnant with L, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a WONDERFUL prenatal yoga class. Some of the women from that class are still several of my dearest friends even though we now live thousands of miles apart.
What made it so special? Here is a bit of what I wrote after coming home from that first class over three years ago:
Because of that class I harbor not-so-secret-ambitions to be a doula and prenatal yoga teacher when the kids are older and I venture out into the work force again.
As I mentioned a while back, I'm doing prenatal yoga this pregnancy. It's an very different experience since so far I'm the only one in the class who is pregnant (it's listed as prenatal/gentle yoga) but it's still wonderful. Today I went to class (and as always was torn about going to the class or spending time with my family on J's day off) and I was so glad I did. I've been feeling huge and out of shape and out of breath and achy. During the class I felt so strong. It felt so good to stretch and remind myself how much I can move even with a huge belly! It felt so good to really relax and focus on my body and the baby in my belly. The rest of the week my attention is divided among a million things but during the yoga class I can focus entirely on myself.
Leaving class today I realized I need to do yoga at home more frequently. Once a week in class and once a week at home is not enough. It's yet another experience to do yoga at home with a toddler but it's still worth it. It might not be very relaxing but it's always good for a laugh and it always feels good to stretch out. Just doing yoga with me once a week, L is becoming quite a little yogini. In addition to doing poses with me, we recently got two yoga for kids videos from the library: A Child's Way to Yoga: Introducing Children to Yoga Through Movement and Music and Pizza Party: Yoga Class for Kids.
I'm currently on the hunt for a prenatal DVD since the one I had been streaming on Netflix is no longer available and we'll see how many days of yoga practice we can fit in this week.
Did you do prenatal yoga? Do you have a favorite yoga video to use at home?
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