Prenatal Yoga Benefits (and A Giveaway!)
working out while you are pregnant can be very hit or miss. before i became pregnant, i worked out at least four times a week, mainly for mental health reasons (and because i love to eat). my first trimester was super rough and i barely moved my body. thankfully, my second trimester had me feeling better but i was still getting pretty dizzy every time i tried my normal workouts.
i heard a bit about prenatal yoga but had only ever done yoga a handful of times so i wasn’t sure if i’d like it, especially while pregnant. thank the workout goddesses of the world that i connected with a fantastic woman/mama/social entrepreneur julie, who is the founder of an online prenatal yoga practice – Yoginiology! she invited me to try her prenatal program and it has honestly been so beneficial for my mental health and to get my body moving, even on days when i feel completely exhausted!
benefits of prenatal yoga include either creating or maintaining flexibility and strength, all of which can only help you have an easier birthing process. it also helps with mental centering and clarity and a way to feel closer to that baby inside you! i have experienced all of these benefits and there is no excuse of “the prenatal yoga class is too far/too early/the weather sucks” since Yoginiology is all online.
another amazing part that julie created intentionally is the fact you can choose different length classes depending on your time and more importantly – energy level. pregnancy is bizarre in that some days you wake up and have the energy of an entire classroom of first graders all hopped up on mountain dew and the next day you can barely keep your eyes open.
there are two 60 minute classes, one for strength and the other to refresh and recharge. i absolutely love that feature because i can base it off how i’m feeling at that particular time. there are four classes in the 30 minute category, specific to help with sleep, strength, morning refreshers and a wall supported one. julie also created three 10 minute ones to help with carpel tunnel, posture and creating more space. that last one is great, especially now that i’m in my third trimester because this baby is taking over (these photos were taken a few months ago when my husband was actually home so i’m much bigger now).
here’s my current view when i look down:
one of my initial hesitations was that i didn’t have all the right ‘things’ to practice correctly but julie takes care of that with household suggestions! as you can see, i’m using our dog leash for a ‘yoga strap’ (feel free to remove the doggie bags HA). yes, i use a sturdy little cheese platter as my ‘yoga block’ and pillows/blankets as the ‘yoga bolsters.’
the videos are fantastic because julie is the instructor and sometimes she has a friend who is pregnant to demonstrate the moves. she gives tips and suggestion specifically for pregnant women and how far along you are! plus, you can always pause the video if you need a water break or wheat thin break (maybe that’s just me?) she is also very encouraging and positive during the classes, which helps to bring a certain calmness during and afterwards.
of course, always check with your health care provider to ensure you are healthy and able to practice prenatal yoga safely.
i have been doing this 1-2 times a week since march and even did it while we were in hawaii since again you do simply feel better after moving your body! the frequency has been increasing because my other workouts are getting harder and less comfortable while prenatal yoga still feels very doable.
hopefully you have noticed in the background of the photos how relaxed sugar is (after she realized her leash wasn’t be used to take her on a walk)!
julie of Yoginiology is so passionate about helping women feel empowered in our bodies and lives that she is giving away not one, not two but THREE memberships to her prenatal yoga library to my readers! isn’t that amazing?! it is open to people all over the world to enter and if you are not currently in need of prenatal yoga, you can give your membership as a gift to an expecting mama! see below for the ways to enter and this will be open until next wednesday 7/20/16!
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