You're pregnant. Suddenly, your body becomes public property (strangers freely reaching for your bump, friends commenting on your size and shape...), and everybody seems to have advice for you (do this, don't do that, when I was pregnant..., and so on). There are thousands of books to read and endless amounts of kit to buy to "be ready for the baby". Panic and overwhelm set in. The whole thing seems like a minefield. You want to hide somewhere safe and warm. Or maybe not, maybe it's a breeze for you and that's fantastic! In any case, I say: Try yoga.
CONNECT WITH YOURSELF
Find a pregnancy yoga class near you and make it your refuge. A place to get away from the chaos. Leave your work, family, social life and responsibilities behind. Make it a you time. A place to be exactly the way you are and to be your own number one priority. Allow yourself to be looked after, guided, supported and nourished.
PREGNANCY IS NOT A DISEASE
It's not disability either. Pregnancy and birth are natural physiological functions. In fact, female body is a miracle machine. It can grow a whole new person inside -- and it's perfectly equipped to do that entirely by itself! It also knows how to get this baby out when the time comes. Sometimes, there are complications and the body needs a bit of help. But, most of the time, we (human minds, human intellect, science) just tend to get in the way.
INHABIT YOUR BODY
Yoga provides the space for you to deepen your understanding of the power of your body and learn to place your trust in it. Tap into your innate female wisdom, courage and strength. Soften and let go. Breathing and relaxation are both essential elements of pregnancy yoga. Being still and connecting to your breath helps to build awareness of your body and embrace the changes it is going through.
KEEP IT HEALTHY
Pregnancy yoga is not just all lying down in relaxation though. You'll get physical. Asana practice that has been modified to suit a pregnant body (no planks, chaturangas or headstands for most bumps!) will help you stay fit, strong and energised without compromising your or your child’s wellbeing.
Yoga will become your toolkit to decrease common pregnancy ailments like backache, anxiety and insomnia. It may help you improve your circulation and ease fluid retention. It'll help you strengthen your birthing muscles and, generally, promote a healthy, conscious birth.
CONNECT WITH YOUR BABY
This is the closest you'll ever be to your baby. Fact. The moment labour begins, your baby starts to move away from you. Enjoy the nine months when you are one, connected through your breath. Be present as much as you can. Cherish each moment.
CONNECT WITH YOUR SISTERS
Sisterhood is massively underrated. We tend to live in hurried isolation these days. Pregnancy yoga class is a meeting place. A community. You will meet other women who are going through the same trials and tribulations of their new incarnation as mothers. You'll gain support network. You might even make friends for life.
Ideally, pregnancy yoga class will provide a safe environment for you to feel open, supported and empowered. A space where you can connect to other women and talk about what is on your mind. The practicalities of birth, how you feel, what your fears, worries and hopes are.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY?
I teach regular classes, offer private sessions and am generally very happy to answer your questions, yoga-related or otherwise. In session, I listen, observe and tailor each practice to your specific needs, goals and desires. I'm there to guide you and support you no matter what stage on your path you may be. Get in touch if you're interested!