BaMo - I've been doing a little bit of yoga here and there, from a DVD. I finally made time to do the whole routine last night (my DVD's an hour long) and I feel SO much better this morning. We live an hour away from any place that would offer prenatal yoga, plus it would be time and money prohibitive for me, so the DVD's a convenient way to go. I've searched for youtube videos and haven't found any that I really like - does anyone have any recommendations? It would be nice to try some different routines sometimes. I've tried two different DVD's, and can highly recommend this one: http://www.amazon.com/Pregnancy-Labor-Birth-Colette-Crawford/dp/B0002RTJAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346415376&sr=8-1&keywords=yoga+for+pregnancy+collette+crawford. My only complaint with it is that it is an hour long, which is just not practical for me. I end up skipping around a lot to shorten it. It is amazing how much difference yoga makes for me when I make time to do it. It helps with my hip pain, back pain, headaches, fatigue... and supposedly makes labor easier too!
Feb 2013 July/August Chat - Page 7
I was so psyched when I found a yoga studio nearby that was offering a 30 day for $30 trial. I excitedly took my first prenatal yoga class last Thursday. It's been 8 days and I am still in pain from it. I was so disappointed in the class! It was an hour and 15 minutes long. We spent about 15 minutes doing mat work of squatting, and yoga cat-cow poses and the other hour (or so it seemed) doing all standing poses (triangle, warrior, half-moon, etc). The instructor was very focused on feet positioning and kept stressing "holding your weight on four points of your foot - inner and outer heel and inner and outer ball-of-the-foot - while pulling up through your arches." I am very flat footed and she kept coming over and correcting me - which was fine, but I could barely walk for days afterward and my left foot is still killing me. I think the relaxin made me more prone to getting injured (my low back was hurting for a couple of days also) and it's kinda turned me off to the whole yoga thing. Not that I thought it would be easy, but I was hoping for more mat work of stretching, deep breathing, and relaxation than actual pain! Maybe I'll try a yoga DVD next.
That sucks about your yoga class! A good instructor will ALWAYS tell you to only do poses that are comfortable, and especially an instructor that is teaching pregnant women! The class I took was a good combo of relaxation and more strenuous poses. The first couple of times I went I felt a little wiped out and was surprised at the level of activity we engaged in, but my instructor always reminded us that if we didn't feel up to doing a pose we could go into child's pose. Is there another class you can take there since you have the trial? Maybe a relaxation class or something?