My Yoga Practice // 36 weeks

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

As I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy, nights are shorter and pains are stronger but I've found that when I am in yoga class, I feel my best. Yoga has given me both physical and mental strength through out my pregnancy and I'm really hoping it will do the same for labor!

I actually haven't taken one prenatal yoga class this entire time...Through teacher training at Core Power, I learned how to modify poses like twisting and abdominal compressing so that I can continue to practice in a normal setting. The most important thing is to become in tune with your body, which as mommies we can learn to do easily if we just listen. Your body is and your intuition tell you exactly where you should be and the practice of yoga in itself helps to develop an even deeper capability to understand when both speak to you.

“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”

― T.K.V. Desikachar

When I first started the training program (7 months pregnant) I felt weak and at times down on myself for being limited by my own body but as time went on I realized it became an advantage for me. I no longer put so much emphasis on the depth of my poses and flexibility but rather I focused from within. Focusing on the mental and spiritual aspect as opposed to the physical, helped transform my practice and myself. Soon the physical changes came anyway. I only hope to be able to teach and inspire others to find this in their own practice in the future.

Favorite preggo yoga poses

Reverse Warrior / Viparita Virabhadrasana - anything that stretches out my rib cage is like magic and this also is a great quad burner. 

Camel Pose / Ustrasana- Energizes and awakens.

Triangle Pose / Trikonasana - Opens up my chest but most importantly my hips which become tight and achy with a growing baby pushing on them. 

Bridge Pose / Setu Bandhasana & Wheel Pose / Urdhva Dhanurasana - 2 words: RIB RELIEF.

Tree Pose / Vriksasana - some days I can't get my leg up but some days I can and it helps me build focus and balance. Keep that belly in check!

Dancer's Pose / Natarajasana - not even close to the full expression but I feel good when I can just hold this pose. This is a great opener for my lower back and leg strengthener. 


5x per week

Current Favorite Class

Hot Power Fusion (click to learn more)

"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self."

The Bhagavad Gita

1 comment:

  1. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. You have a very nice blog and your photos are lovely. I have been thinking about perhaps doing Yoga but I will be 59 years old next month and I have arthritis, so I thought that perhaps Tai Chi may be more gentle for me?