As for the above blog for postnatal, I too use sphinz instead of cobra in my teaching. The use of an epidural can have lasting effects on our bodies. This is not explained to women who receive this medical intervention suring labour. Back pain can last for the rest of their life. Yoga will help, but it is a long process.
Interference with breastfeeding, I would not think so, but the maman knows best what feels right for her and what does not. Breasts are more sensitive after birth and especially when breatfeeding. I found these poses to help with breastfeeding because they massaged my breasts and it helped with my production. But each body is different and it was wise for her to withdraw if that is how her body was reacting to yoga. When she is more comfortable with being a Mom (past 6 months) she could think about coming back.
I have a lot of obesse clients in my beginner class of yoga but they have a lot of difficulty doing many of the moves because of thier size. Are there any books or references that I can use to help my students? Props would be a great help, but I teach at a community centre in a defaourized area of Quebec, Canada and such ressources are not availible. The clientel is very willing and open to yoga, so I really would like to help them.
As well, in regards to your site and class planning tool, it would be helpful to have a prenatal selection as well. Most poses are self explanatory and well known, but some that can be added and modified for pregnant women or even avoided because of pregnancy related problems (high blood pressure, diabetes etc) would be helpful.
are postnatal yoga classes typically only the mother (meaning no baby)? and do they tend to last 75 minutes as prenatal classes do? thanks!
@Chelsea-I wouldn't think face-down poses would interfere with milk production, but I could see how they would be very uncomfortable. The breasts are much firmer and larger when nursing and extra pressure on them can be quite painful.
Try to modify the baby back-bends by keeping her on her forearms (sphinx instead of cobra) and the chest lifted off the floor, or skip the front-lying poses altogether, if they don't work for her. There are other ways to stretch out the back, that don't involve being face down (camel, bridge, cat/cow). Good luck!
I had a post-natal student withdraw from the class because she didnt think I should be teaching poses where she would lay on her belly i.e. up dog, locust. She thought that it interfeared with her milk production and felt uncomfortable. What are your thoughts about teaching these poses?
I have been teaching post natal yoga and baby and me yoga for a while now, and since my own birthing experience, I have learn first hand that the pelvic floor area is one that is deeply affected by the whole pregnancy and birth, even more than the torso area, as referred to by this article. I find that exercises strengthening the area, and poses engaging the pelvic floor are critical to a faster recovery time and essential for mom's well being.