Yoga Class

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

{I just wanted to note that I hope my post yesterday didn't come off as complaining to complain or being (w)itchy for no reason. The two issues I have concerns with are objective: they bought a dog whose breed is known to not be good with kids, and they are not supportive of our spiritual habits. I think any mom would have concerns about either of those things. I hope that it isn't lost on my readers that we are eternally grateful for this child, and if anything, the fact that he/she is coming into this world has made Mr. A and I very aware of the environment in which we want our child(ren) raised, so we are more sensitive to those types of things now.)

Yesterday, I accomplished one of my 2011 goals. I went to a (prenatal) yoga class!!

It was small- only two other girls and me. One girl was 28ish weeks, and the other one was 18 just like me.

I am very glad I went, and I am planning on continuing to take this class! I have been doing my prenatal yoga DVD each morning, but I think the class was great because there is a teacher right there who can help you deepen or correct poses as you are in them. Plus it gets me out of the house and hopefully I can make some new friendships.

The two big differences were that we did some more arm strengthening (I guess your arm/shoulder muscles shorten during pregnancy and you want them to be strong for labor and for carrying baby afterwards), and we did two types of squats. We held the squats for TWO WHOLE MINUTES, and the squat against the wall (your back is to the wall) nearly killed me. I am good at the one where you squat all the way down to the floor (those are in my prenatal dvd practice), but I couldn't hold the one against the wall the whole time.

Must practice more of those- squatting is a great position for during labor. And two minutes is sometimes the length of time your contractions are going to be, so you need to be able to breathe and relax right through them. Must practice more!!

But I totally recommend yoga. Before pregnancy and during pregnancy, and I'm sure I will recommend it after pregnancy. I have had nothing but great experiences with it so far! Try it and see how you like it!!


Bridget said...

I have been trying to find a pre-natal yoga class in my area and all I can find is regular yoga classes. Very frustrating!

Trisha said...

I'm glad you're class went well. I didn't get a chance to comment on your in laws post but I'm sorry you're having to deal with that. It's such a fine line of trying to do what's best for your family and not making them upset with you at the same time. We've been through the same thing with Tommy's parents in regards to the smoking. We've learned that no matter what, we have to do what's best for Garrett and for us.

Mommy-In-Waiting said...

Glad to hear it went well! I can't wait until I finally get pregnant and can sign up!

Jess said...

Sounds like a great thing for you! I have a yoga DVD that I just love and would enjoy taking a class sometime.

Coco said...

Glad your class is going well. I got the DVD but haven't actually put it in yet. Haha. I'm such a slacker. That deep squat sounds killer. So are you going to try for a natural birth?