Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga
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Hero and Warrior aren’t simply yoga poses, they describe all of the mommies and mommies-to-be of the world too.

Last night I attended my first (of many!) prenatal yoga classes at Plum Tree Yoga and it was exactly what I needed. There were about 20 expecting moms all in their second trimester and beyond. A few women were only days away from their due dates even and still fully participating.

The class began with us each saying our name and any details we wanted to share about our babies and pregnancies. There were a lot of “we are having” and “my husband and I” from everyone. I was the only single mom of the group and that weighed pretty heavily on me to be honest. I got a little choked up talking about not really having a support system here, but I held it together and will blame that on the hormones. There were a lot of women around my age though and I’m hoping to form a few friendships out of this experience for not only me, but my little girl Jadyn too.

The hour and a half class focused on relaxing and stretching. We did do a few poses such as Hero and Warrior.

Hero is where you kneel on the floor with your knees perpendicular to the floor and together with your feet apart wider than your hips.  We all sat on blocks so we didn’t put too much strain on our knees and hips.

The Warrior sequence was probably the most challenging thing we did, but it wasn’t difficult by any means. With this pose you have one leg in front of the other in a lunge. Your arms are stretched in a variety of positions depending on which pose of the sequence you are in. This was my favorite portion of the class because I was forced to focus in order to maintain my balance. Because let’s face it, even though I was a gymnast for 10 years (and coached for 7) pregnancy really throws of your center of gravity. My mind typically races 24/7 and the anxiety rarely subsides, but being forced to focus on my balance allowed those thoughts and worries to vanish for a short amount of time and I am very thankful for that.

Warrior I - Virabhadrasana I - © Barry Stone

The rest of the class was spent focusing on our breathing and simply relaxing into the moment. This is something I need to work on because, again as I mentioned, my mind is always racing. Hopefully through the weeks I will get better at finding my peace and can let some of this stress off of my shoulders.

The class is so popular, the studio is even considering opening up a second Prenatal yoga slot. I will be attending both classes each week whenever I can! I’m very fortunate that this is so close to my house. It was a truly amazing experience and I need this sort of stability and relaxation in my life.

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