This past Saturday, my favorite yoga instructor hosted a Baby & Me Yoga workshop over at Prana Studio in Annapolis.
It was an hour long class – which was the perfect length to feel like you got a workout in and kept the babies occupied before any meltdowns happened.
The class itself was super informal as it should be, the music was soft popish and was all about babies (think “Baby, Baby” by Amy Grant, “You’ll Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey…) which added a nice background. Duffy’s daughter is about ten months and seeing her enjoy the moves just gave me a lot more confidence that maybe, Ethan will enjoy this. He did. But really, Duffy’s expertise and willingness to share her experiences with pregnancy and parenting is a large reason why I value her so much as a yoga instructor. She taught prenatal yoga after she was pregnant, versus an instructor I took once at 37 weeks – just after I left work – who WAS pregnant (in her early 2nd trimester) and had far too many chattarungas, and other equally uncomfortable poses for a 37 week pregnant lady. She wasn’t helpful in modifications either. Lesson: make sure your prenatal instructor has been pregnant before. It helps. But getting feedback and being able to talk to my prenatal yoga instructor about what was bothering my very pregnant body and my post-cesarean body has been invaluable towards my confidence in getting back to my pre-baby level of fitness.
What types of poses did we do? Stuff we can do at home. Like ….
- Side stretches
- Navasana (boat pose) -modified
- Squats to stand while lifting baby in the air (ethan loves this)
- Downward dog (keep baby on floor under your face)
- Planks & side planks with pushups (lots of core work!)
- Bridge pose & pelvic pulses with baby on tummy.
- Warrior 1, & crescent lunge to triangle pose making a slide for your baby down your front leg
- A shoulder opener while laying next to baby
I’m certain there were more but I can’t remember.
All in all, it was an amazing class. Ethan and I had a great time – he wasn’t fussy at all which is kind of miraculous. If there’s a baby & me yoga class near you, I highly recommend giving it a shot! If you’re in Annapolis and know of other baby & me classes that are worth checking out, please let me know! And if they do baby & me yoga again, I will let YOU all know so my local pals can come with!