I am so excited to start my prenatal yoga journey this week! This past week I took some time to plan out how I am going to tackle this project and set some realistic goals for myself. Pregnancy has really taken a toll on my body and can’t even begin to explain all the changes I have been experiencing, but a few stand out and I am hoping this journey will help me through the last 13 weeks of pregnancy!
Where am I now?
One of the major changes I am experiencing is lousy sleeps. I have been more tired than usual being pregnant, yet I have not been able to get a good night’s sleep. Before expecting, I would get a solid 8-9 hours of sleep a night. I am not sure if not sleeping is part of the “baby training” you experience before giving birth, but I am hoping my yoga practice will help me regain my pre-baby sleeping habits and allow me to wake up feeling rested.
Another change I am experiencing is lower back and hip pain. I often wake up in the middle of the night with a throbbing pain in my hips. I am hoping with increased flexibility and strength I will be able to combat this pain (and maybe this will help my sleep problem as well!). I believe that my lower back pain is spurred on because of the extra weight I am carrying my mid-section and because I have remained active throughout my pregnancy. I am trying to stay in the routine of going to the gym, but with my changing body, maybe I am putting extra stress on my body and I need to pay more attention to the stretching and flexibility aspect, which is something I tend to leave out.
The last two categories of my pre-assessment deal with mindfulness and anxiety. I am someone that tends to go, go, go and I have a hard time saying no. I also put the needs of others before myself. I think by taking this time each week for me and to connect with Baby Boutilier will bring me mindfulness and prepare me for childbirth. I am going to take a class once per week at Bodhi Tree Yoga, the instructor there is not only a yoga instructor, but also a doula. It is my hope that through this class I will not only benefit physically, but also mentally and spiritually.
What is my plan of attack and how am I going to document my learning process?
I am hoping, should my body allow it, to participate in yoga 3 times/week. Two of the three times will be at home using open online sources (see below for a detailed list of sources) and one of the three times will be a local face-to-face class at Bodhi Tree Yoga.
On top of my practice, I will be posting my progress and sharing things that help me on my journey on my Instagram and twitter account. The hashtag I will be using to document my progress is #babybootsyoga.
I will also be posting weekly vlogs of my progress on my blog where I describe my successes, victories, challenges, and fails.
What sources am I going to use?
- Face-to-face resource: Bodhi Tree Yoga
- Following Prenatal Yoga accounts on Instagram
- Free Online Videos from Prenatal Yoga Center, Fit Pregnancy, and YouTube
- Online reading sources, such as, How to Teach (or Practice) Prenatal Yoga by Trimester