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!