Yoga for New (and not so new) Moms

 
benAndlolababes.jpg
 

Your post-baby being deserves special attention that can uniquely be delivered through yoga, whether or not you practiced yoga while you were pregnant.

Every woman has a different prenatal, birth and post-natal experience, and working privately or in small groups allows a practice that is focused on your unique needs during this beautiful and challenging time. Your well-being is extremely important whether you are a new—or not-so-new—mom!  Six weeks after a vaginal birth or eight weeks after a c-section is a great time to begin a post-natal yoga practice (with the permission of your OB or midwife).

Private Post-Natal Yoga will help you:

•    Build core and spinal strength
•    Support good posture
•    Increase your endurance, strength and physical balance
•    Assist digestion and elimination
•    Stabilize hormones
•    Relieve anxiety and stress
•    Relax and renew your mind and spirit
•    Expand your intuition and as a woman and mother
•    Reconnect you with your Self. 

I am a strong believer in the Fourth Trimester, both for mamas and babies. My philosophy is to honor this transitional period and support Nature’s healing process. There is a natural, biological course to things going back to “normal,” and I frankly don’t like that definition at all. I’m just not sure what “normal” is. How can you be the same after you have a kid??? You are not. I believe the general cultural pressure to shed weight and get “back into shape” as quickly as possible is unhealthy—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It also can be physically injurious, as residual pregnancy hormones increase your risk of strained muscles and tendons.  You are in a transition phase, to a new place, and that’s really cool. Let’s support that.

My goal is to help moms deal with all the demands of motherhood, address any aches and pains they might have, and help build a store of energy needed to get through their days. Most importantly, I want to help mamas maintain a sense of themselves. I know how hard that can be. Of course, all of this takes into consideration any injuries or special conditions a woman may have had prior to her pregnancy.   And also the strength needed to be a mom. Strong is good. Balanced with nervous system down-regulation because moms have stress whether they work out of the home and raise their kids or work full-time raising their kids.

I carried twins to term, and I incorporated my babies into my post-natal movements, doing some yoga at home, walking the hills around our house with the babies snuggled to my chest in a wrap, and devising little core routines for myself when I was gently bouncing with them on an exercise ball. One of the biggest things I did for my physical well-being was make sure I was set up with good posture when I was nursing. Motherhood greatly challenges your posture, and awareness of posture is important when you are feeding your baby, moving them in and out of cars, etc.

Aspects of this time were dreamy, especially when I had someone helping to take care of me. It also was incredibly challenging, especially as my kids got older, so I'm glad I had tools for survival and self-care. Plus the support of other women, which is not to be underrated. Other moms really helped me through tough times. The work of a mom is hard, and I believe self-care needs to be a priority.

Because community is so important, some moms will assemble a group of 4-5 people to practice together weekly while their kids play together with a nanny, which always is a special experience. If you are interested in privates or small groups, click here.  If you have any questions about yoga and motherhood also feel free to email me!

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is a vast field. For this posting, I’m offering quotes from very senior yoga therapists whose definitions reflect my views of the practice. See the Yoga Therapy section of my website for more info about yoga therapy.

Yoga therapy, derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health care refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. ~ Gary Kraftsow American Viniyoga Institute

Yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of the individual. It helps to promote all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions. The therapy is particularly appropriate for many chronic conditions that persist despite conventional medical treatment. ~ Marie Quail, Yoga Therapy and Training Center (Ireland)

Yoga therapy consists of the application of yogic principles, methods, and techniques to specific human ailments. In its ideal application, Yoga therapy is preventive in nature, as is Yoga itself, but it is also restorative in many instances, palliative in others, and curative in many others. ~ Art Brownstein, M.D


My Personal Experiences with Yoga Therapy

My journey to becoming a yoga therapist began during my years of yoga practice prior to becoming a teacher.

Personally, I am aware of the healing aspects of yoga (and its potentially injurious ones), and how yoga can connect you more deeply with yourself and others.

  • Years ago, yoga helped me to manage anxiety, be present in my body, and change unhealthy thought patterns, thereby helping me to cultivate a different relationship to myself and heal a long-time eating disorder. Over subsequent years…

Read More

Tadasana (Mountain Pose): A Daily Practice

What better pose to write about for the first blog on my revamped website than Tadasana? Tadasana, also known as Mountain Pose, is our neutral standing posture, and it is the foundation for all standing yoga poses. 

On the surface, Tadasana might seem to be "simply" standing upright, but it’s hard to stand up straight in a way that sleeves and supports the wave-like curves of your spine in a healthy way. You need…

Read More