I am pregnant (almost 38 weeks!) and have been teaching Vinyasa since the very beginning of this journey. Wouldn't have had it any other way. It is beyond fulfilling physically and energetically to teach with a baby on the way. I feel GREAT, and will keep teaching for the next few weeks until our daughter arrives. It does require a little extra mindfulness and a definite verbal teaching style to make sure you are not endangering yourself or your baby in any way. I told myself I would just play it by ear, see how I feel, and just decide as I go along - didn't think I'd teach for this long, but SO glad I have!
I am in my first trimester and let me tell you, it is seriously kicking my ass. I am practicing a lot less, and much more gently than before, and in teaching, I am verbalizing more than demonstrating. I cannot wait for the extreme fatigue of the 1st trimester to be over! I used to feel so in control of my body, I now feel nauseous, dizzy, headache-y, and exhausted constantly. I know not all women are the same, but for some of us, teaching yoga while pregnant (at least in the 1st trimester) can be very challenging, even if you follow all the tips and information to make is safe in the world. Sometimes you just want to curl up on the couch and sleep all day. Can't wait for this to be over.
I am currently 6 months pregnant and today was my final class (until after the baby arrives). Although I've been able to teach this whole time, my personal practice has evolved a lot--especially from the first trimester (VERY easy, no heat) to the second. Using clear verbal cues is essential. Additionally, if you have regular students in your class that have a solid practice, approach them individually and ask their permission to act as 'guides' in poses that you should avoid (or are very challenging, like certain arm balances). The joy your students receive while being witness to the creation of life is amazing, fulfilling and inspired me to teach as long as I have!
I found teaching through my second pregnancy to be an amazingly fulfilling challenge. I was fortunate enough to be able to take a prenatal teacher training when I was about 5 months pregnant, and it completely transformed the awareness I have of my body, as well as my students, both pregnant and non-pregnant. An amazing way to honor your body as an instructor and bring that awareness to other students may be to add a prenatal yoga class to your teaching schedule. Pregnancy is a truly amazing and transformative time, and I've found that my students have been able to embrace awareness in their bodies even better since I've been pregnant.
Avoid all inverts if suffering from migraine, risk of ishemic stroke.
From an Ayurvedic stand point migraines come from too much Pitta (fire element and water). Perhaps the Monday class is too heating and intence espically if she has high Pitta. I would give the educational recommendation of putting some ghee on the inside of the nostrels every night before bed but espically on Monday nights. Sounds like the yoga class is agrivating the Pitta dosha but is not the root cause. The ghee will help but as well is a quick fix. As far as the sholderstand I was wondering if it is being done later in the class. Perhaps doing it as one of the first postures would help. Hope this is helpfull:)
I have a student that comes to my Astanga class, but on a Monday night she goes to another yoga class and on Tuesdays (every Tuesday she says) she suffers very badly from migraine. Apparently, it doesn't happen after my class which is at 10am, but only after the Monday evening class. Why could this be? Another student has said that she gets a huge amount of pressure in her head when doing shoulderstand - I too have suffered at times, but it goes very quickly. Is this just due to the blood flow and should I tell her to go with it as it doesn't continue afterwards?