September 9


Yoga And Pregnancy

By Odyssa

September 9, 2021

I never wished to be a mom. Too big a responsibility and too long a commitment. I can commit to my husband, but to raise a child is a different story. 

The Conscious Parent is a brilliant book that presents real case studies (the author is a therapist) of non-conventional ways to parent a child. 

It blew my mind. It also tells me how I really, really need to think about entering motherhood.

Nevertheless, I bought books about yoga and pregnancy. πŸ˜€ I'm curious to see what goes on in pre-natal, non-Ashtanga yoga classes. 

I'm curious to see how my body can benefit from these poses if I get pregnant one day. 

The 3 books I got are:

Pregnancy Health Yoga

Yoga For Pregnancy

Step-By-Step Yoga For Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond.  

I haven't gone through all of them, so I won't recommend them. πŸ˜€  

At 35, I'm still and will always be a happy dog parent. Here's Jackie and Peanut on a morning stroll. Photo by the author.

I wonder how many pregnant women out there feel confident, motivated, and/or strong enough to get up and practice Ashtanga. If you want to know more about the Ashtanga Yoga method, I wrote about it here.

I also found these two blog posts about practicing Ashtanga while pregnant: 

Pregnant Women Can And Do Practice Ashtanga 

Practicing While Pregnant

I know a few people who stopped practicing while pregnant, and some who skipped the 1st trimester and went back on the 2nd trimester.

I guess it really depends on how your body feels during this period. We're all different and we can't dictate how one should handle her pregnancy. 

Books and blogs will never be the best teacher for pregnancy and motherhood. But I guess it's a good start.

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About the author

Odyssa is a writer from the Philippines. She is the author of Like A New Sun Rising: A Collection of Poems on Love. When not working or writing at home, she's out walking their dogs. She enjoys traveling, practices yoga, gets lost in books and Korean drama. To her, making time for a daily practice or ritual is the best gift to one's self.

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