I like yoga. Some days I might even say I love yoga. I like yoga for many different reasons. I like yoga because itz considered a “practice.” There is constantly room for improvement. Yoga can be done by anyone, beginners to experts. I like yoga because itz always challenging no matter how often or how seldom I’ve been practicing. Yoga can be done anywhere for as long or short of a time as you prefer. In a thirty minute class to a ninety minute class or merely a pose or two in your home. No matter how old or young you are, you can do yoga. No matter how fit or not, you can do yoga.
But I’ve got a confession to make: I didn’t always like yoga. In fact, for a good amount of time I thought yoga was boring. I continued to try, class after class, to find a yoga that I liked. It really wasn’t until I discovered bikram yoga that I began to enjoy yoga. Bikram was different. Itz in a 110 degree room, lasts for 90 minutes, the poses are pretty short, and itz the same sequence each and every time. Not to mention, you always leave a sweaty mess. I do love bikram yoga, but since I’ve cut working out drastically in order to get pregnant, bikram is no longer in my life. I know itz just for now, and I know I’ll go back eventually.
Anyway, to ease back into working out, my doctor suggested I take a prenatal yoga class. A local hospital offers prenatal yoga classes for extremely inexpensive – four classes for $24. Really can’t beat that. I’ve gone three times (one time was cancelled), and honestly… I don’t love it. I don’t even really like it. I probably won’t sign up for another session. I signed up with my pregnant friend, and it weren’t for her or prepaying for all of the classes, I might not have even returned after the first class.
The prenatal yoga classes focused a lot on breathing and relaxation poses and techniques which is supposed to be helpful during labor. I totally get and respect that, but when I was just three or four months pregnant, labor just wasn’t on my mind. I was excited for prenatal yoga to get back into working out, to stretch, and maybe work up a sweat. There was definitely no sweating involved.
We held each pose for many, many breaths. It was slow-paced which is precisely the type of yoga I don’t typically enjoy. Also, there was no music. Honestly, I was bored. This could definitely just have been this particular class and instructor I attended. But there aren’t that many options for prenatal yoga, at least that I’ve found, in St. Louis. Plus, I already pay for a monthly gym membership, so I can’t imagine paying a lot for a different prenatal yoga class.
Maybe once my bump grows better and I begin to have more aches and pains or I get closer to labor, I will appreciate the prenatal yoga class more. Maybe I need to give it another (a fourth) shot because it did take awhile for me to like yoga to begin with. I want to like it. I know how important stretching is and working on flexibility and balance, especially while pregnant. Sure, I stretch and do a couple exercises here and there at home or at the gym, but not as much as an hour long yoga class would provide. Or maybe I should try a different yoga class that’s not bikram or prenatal.
I definitely don’t want to abandon my yoga practice completely during my pregnancy. I like the piece of mind it provides and how it makes me feel… as long as it doesn’t bore me. I need and I want to find that balance again and somehow, some way I will!
Are you a you a yoga fan? Moms and momma-to-be’s: did you like / participate in prenatal yoga? Thoughts? Suggestions?