While I was pregnant with my daughter 5 years ago, yoga was one of the things that brought my body comfort from the various aches and pains that emerged. Through the breath work and meditative part of the practice I was able to prepare my body for the experience of birth and then the months of recovery afterwards. Things didn’t turn out as I had wanted them to with my birth and in hindsight, it is a blessing that it did, because it led me on the journey that I am still traveling and the next step of that path is to teach prenatal yoga.
Instead of a home water birth, the pre-eclampsia that developed in the late stages of my pregnancy resulted in a rather traumatic emergency c-section. I didn’t get to put to work the strength that I had built up in my body to breathe through contractions, instead I got to use my breathing practices to guide me through making difficult decisions and then nursing my body back to wellness.
I ended up with post natal depression after the birth and it was this low feeling that sent me searching for answers. It led me down a road of learning about the chakras, which are energy centres in the body, and through this exploration healed a lot of things from my past. I explored my mind through experiential psychology practices and peeled away layers of myself that I didn’t need any more. I reconnected with yoga in a new and deeper way. Instead of seeing it as a physical practice to build strength in my body, I experience it now as a way of mindfully moving my body to help me come to a quieter space inside for meditation, self love and self reflection.
I learnt about healthy eating and how to nourish myself in a way that feels good inside. I researched pregnancy and birth and discovered many of the things that I could have done to support myself. Learning all of this has helped me heal my experience of birth as well as find gratitude for the many lessons I have learnt from it. I realised that putting myself first is the most important thing because if I don’t do that, I don’t have enough inside of me to share with another – to be a mother, to be a wife, to be a professional. For generations, women have been taught to put everyone else’s needs first and I want to break that cycle. It starts with teaching my daughter the importance of self care, of self love and taking time out. I do this by showing her how it’s done.
One of the things that I love about living in Turks & Caicos is the opportunities that keep being presented to me to grow, find my voice and share the big bag of tricks that I’ve learnt along the way. This year one of these opportunities is to teach prenatal yoga at Retreat Yoga & Wellness Studio, which I am so excited to do!
My aim is that each pregnant mother leaves the class each week feeling stronger, more relaxed, more in love with themselves and marveling at the miracle of their body. It is also an opportunity to connect with the little spirit growing inside of them and deepen this bond. The class will be a safe space to confront their fears and safely learn to release and breath their way through them.
I am teaching two weekly classes of Prenatal Yoga at Retreat:
- Tuesday – 10:15 – 11:15 am
- Thursday – 5:15 – 6:15 pm
If you know someone that is pregnant and would be interested in the class please send them my way.