I'm about to start teaching a prenatal class and I really loved this article. It crystallizes a lot of ideas, and I have more confidence in what I should concentrate on, what directions we can explore. Of course, the women themselves will determine the particulars. Thanks Catherine, great job.
At what point should I avoid happy baby,down dog and cobra? I am only 8 weeks along can I continue until my fourth month or what do you advise? Thank you
My birth experience was definitely improved by yoga...by surrendering, relaxing, and trusting my body and breath from moment to moment I had a relatively easy birth at home, a lovely experience (although I think things are set up a lot easier for this to happen in New Zealand vs the US - standard practise here is for midwife maternity care, not obstetrician).
That was my experience, but the comment I like to make to the prenatal yoga students I teach, is that there are two souls involved in a birth - not one - and if your baby choses to come in a way that makes a caesar inevitable, then let go of judgement about how right / wrong it is and just enjoy the process as much as possible. I think it is easy for the whole thing to become competitive - the reality is we're all women, we all have the exact experience that is right for us at the time, and we should be supporting each other in that. Regardless of how they get here, babies are such a wonderful gift afterall! Blessings to all the pregnant godesses x
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I used the breathing techniques and certain positions during my labor. I had my son drug-free. The experience was a blessing, I would do it again.
I am 34 weeks pregnant and have been practicing more frequently this trimester than any other. I was just told that my baby is breech - the part about "Own Your Birth" really helped and hit home for me... so much of what we read focuses only on natural birth and doctors as the enemy. Coffin's story and the reminder of acceptance helped me realize that whatever birth will be like, I have got to be okay with it and I think I will. This simple little article helped ease my frustrations and I will continue to come back to it through the next six weeks! Thank you.
I thouroughly enjoyed reading this article. It totally embraces the true benefits of yoga. I can't wait until I'm pregnant so that I can experience yoga differently, in a different body, but for now I'm going to be satisfied in teaching prenatal yoga.