Awhile back I started practicing yoga again. I can only attribute my long break from yoga to laziness. I was also tired for the entire first trimester. But even before the fatigue hit me, I hadn’t been doing yoga as much I would like to.
Anyway… I realized that if I got off the couch and actually did something active I felt so much better. Yoga or some short meditation also helps relieve stress. I can’t imagine anyone with an 18 month-old who doesn’t feel stressed out at some point. I usually use these free videos online, and they also have a few prenatal routines, so I thought I’d try there first.
I have to say, I’m not a huge fan. I like the other videos I’ve tried, but there’s a whole “say thank you to your mother and your grandmother and all women and connect to your baby” aspect that I find just a little too crunchy for me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (or that I shouldn’t be doing it), I just find it distracting. When the program is only 20 minutes to start out, I don’t want to waste any time.
Juggling yoga with T is a challenge. I’ve tried getting him interested in trying the routines with me. He is especially good at child’s pose, but he doesn’t really understand the concept of staying off my mat (or off my back for that matter). I’ve had better luck distracting him with activities that are best done at the table while he’s strapped into his booster seat. To give myself an hour of uninterrupted relaxation once a week, I also signed up for a local class.
It’s nice to get out of the house and be with other women of similar… um, girth. The instructor is amazing too! She’s great at listening to our joys and concerns and catering the routine to fit our needs. She’s got a perfect blend of holistic thinking without being overly hippy-dippy.
I’m so glad I signed up for the class! I already feel that it’s making a huge difference in how I feel on a day-to-day basis. It helps with my energy levels a lot. I really feel that it will make a huge difference when I get to the end as well. However, I haven’t even started to think of the whole delivery process. It seems still far off, but I guess I’m already starting to count down the weeks so I probably should!