Though, as a healthy pregnant woman, it is necessary to realize that we can't do everything exactly the way we used to, it's important to continue to do the things we love, the things that make us feel strong and vibrant. It's even more important to recognize when we need to slow down, breathe, and be gentle with ourselves.
Having trained with Jane Austen, one of the most influential and widely recognized prenatal yoga instructors/doulas in the bay area and having done yoga for nearly 10 years before becoming pregnant, I continued a strong yoga practice throughout my pregnancy. My daily practice reduced my nausea, made me more energetic, helped me sleep better at night, relieved common pregnancy discomforts, and made me feel strong and ready for childbirth and motherhood.
I am ecstatic to offer prenatal privates and small group classes to accompany mammas to be thorough the trimesters of their pregnancies so they can comfortably and safely continue their established yoga practice. To help them recognize and accept that sometimes it's better to slow down and breathe, and aide in preparation for labor, birth, and motherhood.
After a long labor and a healthy vaginal birth, I found myself almost immediately craving my yoga practice, and completely horrified that I was unable to do even a downdog (at least not a silent downdog). I searched in vain for information and classes for postnatal women, for any suggestions on how to re-start my practice, for how to get my perenium back in shape so that I could do a silent downdog. It felt so good to bring the blood back to my head and to lift the organs that were heavy in the lower belly, and so bad to have air enter and exit the vagina every time I did. I was totally defeated when my doctor said nothing could be done until 6 weeks post pregnancy and only after I had done re-education (physical therapy) of the perineum.
The rebel that I am (ha) I kept doing my downdogs, eventually figuring out how to keep them silent, added a couple of twists, which felt amazing, and childs' poses. When I finally made it to the physical therapist at 10 weeks post birth (a screaming colicky baby made it hard to get out of the house) she was awestruck at my perineum's health and strength. It was the yoga.
I subsequently found a doctor that teaches what I had discovered on my own. That gentle yoga focused on moving the organs back to their pre pregnancy location, and perineum exercises immediately after birth, is not only possible, but preferably done in the first 4-6 weeks when ligaments are still pliable. She was not only a doctor (M.D.), specializing in childbirth, but a yoga teacher, and a mother. And happenstance has a training facility/yoga studio in Paris. In October 2015, there was an opening for Dr. De Gasquet's prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher training, so I immediately signed up. Now I know the reason that what I learned on my own worked, plus ways to modify those exercises for all types of births, how to increase milk supply, and how to gently tone the abdominals. And all of it can be done as early as day 1 post-birth.
Because I feel so strongly that post birth yoga is important for women's physical and mental health, I offer reduced pricing for postnatal privates at your home and or hospital/clinic in Paris.