so… why start practicing postnatal yoga?
Congratulations mama! Giving birth to your little one has been for sure a major event in your life. The days and weeks after that have probably been an exciting concatenation of first times and a rollercoaster of emotions. I feel you. You might have been busy getting into your new role, taming the chaos or lowering expectations. Or maybe you have been just enjoying motherhood to the fullest. Either way you have been doing a great job.
It doesn’t matter what stage you are on right now: it is never wrong to take time to nurture your body and your mind. Finding the time is a challenge, though, I know. As a mom of two, the only piece of advice I can give you is to surrender to the new situation and to flow. As a yoga teacher I’ll recommend you to make a fixed appointment every week where you take a little time to move your body, to meditate, to take a bath or whatever makes you feel good. You deserve it.
Postnatal yoga at mula yoga takes many forms. The classes can take place with or without your baby, indoors, outdoors or online. The goal remains always the same: rebuild a healthy and strong pelvic floor and find your new balance, giving you tools to slow down, to find your energy and to allow all kinds of emotions to transit through your body and your mind.
Any caregiver needs to take care of herself in the first place, to be able to care for others.
Take a break
Taking care of a baby 24/7 is beautiful and also exhausting. During the first months you might be super tired but you might refuse to take any kind of help that involves separation from your baby. And that’s right. It’s also right to need a break. A postnatal yoga class can be an excellent way to take a little time for you and to tank new energy. Practicing yoga will empower you and bring balance to your body and your mind.
reconnect with your body
Easier said than done! You already know that your body after pregnancy is not the same it used to be. It will probably never be and that’s ok. However it might take time to be able to accept this fact and to learn to connect with your new body. Let me help you recall how divine your body is and give you tools to honor it. Motherhood is a metamorphosis in many aspects.
Restore your pelvic floor
Once your baby is here, restoring your pelvic floor won’t seem urgent. And generally it’s not urgent but I recommend you not to completely forget about it. Take the time you need and then start Postnatal Yoga or visit a physiotherapist. Restore your pelvic floor with someone qualified for it, because there is no point doing pelvic floor muscle exercises if you are not doing them correctly. You are doing your future self a favor!
I feel you. Postpartum can feel overwhelming. I celebrate that you are taking time for yourself and to help your body recover from birth! Online postnatal yoga is a wonderful solution, to practice live from the comfort of your home.
1-2 people (Of your choice)
As often as you want
Twice a week
Group classes allow you to take all the benefits of a postnatal yoga practice, plus allow you to feel the group energy and sisterhood, and easily meet other moms, you can share your journey with and that can feel you.
Do you want to practice in intimacy without giving up the alignments and adjustments? Would you like me to practice yoga as preparation for childbirth with your partner? Are you dealing with a specific pregnancy symptom? Are you worried or scared about labor? I can help you with that! Get in touch and I will prepare the most suitable practice for you. Private classes can take place online or anywhere you can imagine.
45 – 90 minutes
1 – 2 People (Of your choice)
some frequently asked questions:
When can I start practicing Postnatal Yoga?
Even if you might feel ready to start moving right after giving birth, I think it is important that you use the quarantine to be with your baby and to get to know each other. I think 6 weeks after birth is a good moment to start. On the other hand, you can take a postnatal course even years after having given birth.
What is the difference between postnatal yoga with or without the baby?
Basically the only difference is that your baby lays on a blanket on the top of your mat or she stays with someone of your trust. Postnatal yoga is a practice for you, mama! Your baby can be there in a mama baby yoga class but the practice is for you and for your body.
How often should I practice?
As often as you want! I would recommend at least one full practice a week, and about 15 minutes every day.
Which materials do I need?
You need comfortable clothing, a yoga mat, a blanket and to be ready to feel better when you leave the room.
Do I need Medical Clearance before starting?
I will just ask you to confirm that your doctor or midwife hasn’t discouraged you or banned you from doing physical activity after giving birth.
Which post-pregnancy symptoms should I communicate to you?
All of them! Not only so that I can help you ease them but also for me to know if you are able to join the practice or if you should clarify them with your doctor first.