I have recently taken up pregnancy yoga, I did consider trying it when I was pregnant with J but for some reason never got around to it. This time around because I have been struggling with my hips I knew I wanted to try it.
I managed to find a local class that was highly recommended in fact it was so popular I had to wait for a space to free up. I ended up attending on a different day than I originally wanted but as the class was so popular I couldn’t risk not getting in. When I first attended the session I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I had never done yoga before. Zoe made me feel very welcome which helped ease my anxiety. When I walked in the room there were several mats laid out on the floor, next to each mat there was a bolster cushion, blanket and a square foam block. I’m not going to lie I did look rather confused as I had no idea what to expect. I later found out that the bolster cushion was to sit on or to use to help make me more comfortable doing certain yoga poses.
At first, we concentrated on our breathing which did make me feel slightly weird as I was expecting it to be more of a stretching exercise class. At the end of the first class, I wasn’t 100% sure whether yoga this for me or not however I decided to carry on and give it the benefit of the doubt. I am now six classes into it and I am enjoying it I wasn’t sure whether it was actually helping my back, but after missing the last week because I was full of a cold I have definitely suffered more with my hips which might have something to do with missing the yoga.
There are some of the yoga moves that I have to be careful with especially because of my hips, although I have not been diagnosed with S.P.D I have a feeling that I am suffering from it, this means that I have to keep my legs closer together when doing some of the yoga moves.
I highly recommend trying Pregnancy Yoga as not only does it seem to be helping me stretch out but it is teaching me how to relax, which is something I truly struggle with. I have found the breathing techniques really useful at night when I find it hard to switch off my brain and fall asleep. By concentrating on my breathing I have managed to drift off to sleep.