Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Preggers, Inversions, & Reiki Oh My...

I swear the technical Gods were against me this morning because today's post almost didn't go up but fear not my friends because eventually it all worked out.

This weekend in class we had a jam packed schedule. On Saturday we had a Prenatal Yoga Workshop with our Anatomy Teacher, Janine in which I got to pretend that I was pregnant!
Check out the baby bump!

It was interesting to learn how someone's yoga practice would evolve from the first to final trimester. As well as the things that should be avoided during all three, such as hot yoga (baby's temperature is always one degree higher than the mothers).

These are some things that stuck out to me during the workshop:
  • Most miscarriages happen during the first trimester
  • Prenatal yoga is important for expecting because they find a community that supports them
  • We help the mothers feel empowered and become an advocate for themselves
  • In the first trimester: no deep twists, never heat the body, twist from the thoracic, avoid inversions, jumping, deep back bends
  • Recommended poses during 1st trimester: hip openers, pigeon, warrior 1 and 2, triangle, half moon 
  • In the second trimester, mother is starting to feel more comfortable and usually gains around 10-15 pounds around this time.
  • Recommended poses during 2nd trimester: chair, warrior 1 and 2. warrior 3, wide legged  standing poses should be decreased.
  • Open twists can help with back pain.
  • No retention breath
  • No inversions once the baby is engaged
  • In the third trimester encourage deep breathing, cat cow is really beneficial during this time.
  • Legs up the wall and downward dog with hands on the wall
 Check out my video below to hear more about this experience as well as the rest of the weekend. Also a special thank you...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Do the Sh*t That Scares You...

A couple of weeks ago I was offered an exciting new opportunity at my gym; right now I train my clients as well as teach Yoga and TRX, which I love. My (classes) manager asked me if I would be interested in leading a boot camp style class. I was intrigued by this because my style of personal training is functional so this aligned perfectly with that.

After working out the details and finding a time and day that worked for me and the gym, I said yes. Then I found out something that scared the crap out of me, I would be teaching the class in the center of the gym. I just began to feel comfortable teaching my current classes inside the studio so teaching a class out in the open set my anxiety into overdrive.

The reason that the class is in the center of the gym is because I have to teach it in this space which I like to call an "adult jungle gym" (it is actually pretty cool). 

My first class was last fact, when you have OCD and ADD, you tend to over prepare because you are so nervous about things going right. It's funny because as I was worrying about this; my friend Krysann was also posting on social media about being anxious before she teaches her BodyPump class. She loves teaching and gets anxious right before because she also wants everything to go perfectly.

The one thing that we both have in common is that even though we do get anxious and we are scared...we are still DOING it.

It's okay to be afraid of trying something out of your comfort zone (I always am) but you can't let it paralyze you. Am I saying that it's always going to turn out great? Hell NO! It can actually be a cluster fuck but I bet you learned something from the experience...

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: In The Kitchen With Mokshapriya...

This weekend in ytti included laughter, tears, knowledge, aaaaand a cooking class!

Mokshapriya decided to give us a cooking class and we learned how to make kitchari and chai tea...I felt like I was back in "home ec" class in junior high school.

Now you may be wondering what does cooking have to do with yoga and it has sooo much to do with it. Food has prana and prana is your life force which is why one of the 8 limbs of yoga, is pranayama (breathing exercises). You intake prana in different ways including oxygen and food.

This was my first time cooking and eating kitchari and I absolutely loved it. Mokshapriya made her dish with basmati rice, mung beans, ghee, and various delicious spices. This is often consumed during a cleanse or right after one.

I wanted to bring y'all in the kitchen with us so today's video includes some clips from our lesson.

I have a question for y'all; would you like to see more videos like this for MMR? Including more of my daily activities in the video or do you prefer me sitting down on my mat and rambling my heart away?


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