Now that I'm pregnant myself, I have so much more empathy and understanding for my past prenatal students as I move and relearn yoga all over again (it seems).
I started teaching prenatal yoga a few years ago after getting certified with Bliss Baby Yoga.
To be honest, teaching prenatal yoga wasn't my favorite.
That is a tough question. Maybe it stemmed from my own insecurity, but I always felt like the students couldn't relate to me, that they were almost judging me in a way because I was not pregnant and could still move my body in certain ways. I felt this way because of the looks I received and sometimes the glazed over, cold stares that would often feel like daggers.
Looking back now it makes more sense to me. These mamas were tired. These mamas were worn out. These mamas had other children at home already, or simply wanted to come to a yoga studio to have some peace and quiet. These mamas were growing babies, and now I know just how tiring that can be.
I've been trying to go to Vinyasa classes, but I have quickly discovered that my body is better suited for slow flow and yin, especially in my third trimester. My practice has evolved from more of a work out to an internalization of mindfulness and movement.
I'm currently teaching a prenatal module that I created for Inna Bliss Yoga. It runs for six weeks... check out the schedule below:
Week 1 : Classical and standing postures
Week 2 : Classical and lateral postures (for a healthy spine)
Week 3 : Low back and hip rejuvenation
Week 4 : Stabilizing and releasing postures
Week 5 : Floor poses and grounding poses
Week 6 : Restorative practice (meditation and yoga nidra)
Yo, I'm Erica
I'm Erica: a globe trotting Pinterest addict, sushi enthusiast, craft beer drinker, yogini, wife and mum.... not in that order.