Yoga has been both challenging and rewarding throughout my pregnancy. This applies to both my teaching and my personal practice. With my personal practice, time for one has not been an issue due to working from home during the Covid restrictions, in fact, I am practicing and getting more classes in than I normally would, which I have really enjoyed.
I have had a healthy pregnancy so I am not too restricted in what I can do. Of course, I needed to make adjustments to certain poses from the beginning and throughout each trimester. For instance, I needed more supports and props doing different variations of poses. The length of time spent in the more strenuous poses has been reduced significantly especially in the third trimester. The tiredness does put a strain on things, but I always feel better after a class. I am enjoying the restorative poses a little too much these days.
This is the great thing about Iyengar Yoga, it is suitable for all abilities. With the use of props, everyone can get into the poses. I might be a little slower at doing so but once I’m in the pose, I’m comfortable. The key is to know what your limits are, know your body and listen to your body. Don’t be afraid to take the extra supports and change the variation of the pose. The safety of you and your baby comes first. Having my own expert teacher for guidance has also helped me a lot.
Yoga is so beneficial during pregnancy whether you are keeping up with your regular practice or classes, making modifications as you need or if you are a beginner to yoga and have decided to join a pregnancy yoga class. Yoga is also beneficial before and after pregnancy. If you are unsure about taking up or continuing yoga during your pregnancy talk to your doctor or yoga instructor.
Yoga practice during pregnancy helps you with your digestion, blood circulation and breathing. It helps with tiredness, nervous tension and getting rid of toxins in the body. It will also be beneficial to you during labour helping you to stay calm and breathe calmly.
Teaching during pregnancy and during covid restrictions has helped me as all classes have moved online, so it can be done from the comfort of my own home taking out the travel time. Adjusting to teaching online over the past year has been challenging but not without its rewards.
Teaching during pregnancy has also thrown up some challenges such as learning to teach poses that are both suitable for my students but also suitable for me to demonstrate. I think it has worked out well, even if I cannot come fully into the pose or show a specific variation, I can talk them through it explaining what they are to do.
This is beneficial to the students as they are learning to listen more rather than just watching and repeating what they see. They are having to think more about how they are getting into a pose, what supports they need to use and what they are meant to be doing while in the pose. They are more in touch with their body and more aware of their body and mind in the pose. My students have all been amazing and really embraced the online classes.
I am grateful that I have been able to continue with my teaching throughout pregnancy even into the third trimester. It has given more structure to my days, kept me thinking, continuously learning and pushing me to keep going. Seeing my students each week gives a sense of normality, even if it is online. It brings us together as a community, propping each other up (excuse the pun) and encouraging each other during these difficult times.
I LOVE teaching, I might feel tired before a class and not feel very motivated but after a class, I always feel uplifted with a pep in my step thanks to my students.
Keep going & keep practicing