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Building a Boundless Mama Community

on 9:49 am May 17th, 2012 / Be the first to comment! »

I taught a kick-butt class to myself two Saturdays ago. No one showed up to my first prenatal yoga class.

There are worse things that could happen to a mom of a one-year-old than to show up to teach a yoga class and find an empty studio and an hour-and-a-half of free time. I don’t remember the last time I had a 90 minute, uninterrupted asana practice. And you know what? I’ve felt guilty about that.

As I find my enthusiasm for asana bubbling to life again, I realize all that guilt was so unnecessary. Motherhood should be its own branch of yoga. We endure physical discomfort, sleep deprivation, hormonal fluctuations, and out-of-our-minds crazy love for our children while striving to maintain some semblance of a balanced life and sense of self. It’s a beautiful, transformative practice that demands utmost commitment and promises invaluable rewards.

My love of motherhood is what gives me optimism and enthusiasm for my prenatal class. The space is there, and I know mamas will come (three showed up last Saturday!). Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or have never stepped foot in a studio, I invite you to experience the invaluable support of being in the company of other moms and a practice designed specifically to prepare you and your baby for birth and motherhood.

This Saturday at 1:30 we’ll focus on stretching the sides of the body to make room for our growing babies. We’ll be using Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood as a guide. But fear not—we won’t be striving for perfection. I’m an Iyengar dabbler with a love of flow and whatever works best on any given day. This time is all about what nourishes us—Boundless mamas!