My relationship with Yoga started in college. My gym membership included free classes, so I gave it a whirl. I enjoyed it, but I did not officially become addicted until about five years ago. Something that I had tried a few times had become a part of my weekly routine. Twice a week, I explored different classes with different instructors. I fell in love.
There’s something about Yoga that rejuvenates me. It releases built up tension while calming my mind at the same time. I let go of stress through the slow movements of each pose and the regulated breathing keeps me focused on the moment. When I need to get away and I want to calm the chaos, I turn to Yoga. When I need to find my center and take some time to breathe, I unroll my mat.
While suffering from Hyperemesis during my pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga was the only form of exercise I could turn to. It was gentle enough so that I could continue to practice during my complications. Yet, it was tough enough to give me energy and strength throughout my pregnancy. I continued to practice Prenatal Yoga during the entire nine months right up until my delivery.
After my cesarean delivery, I was debilitated. I spent my first couple of weeks in the main room of my home, between the couch and the baby bassinet. Walking around was tough with my incision and any type of exercise was pretty much off limits for the next eight weeks. As soon as my doctor cleared me, however, I immediately started Postnatal Yoga.
The best part about Yoga is that you can tailor it to your own pace, you can break when you need it, and all levels are welcome. With Yoga, it’s not about whether you are an expert or a beginner. It’s the journey you travel through your practice. One day you are huffing and puffing through the stretches and holds wondering when it’s going to end. Before you know it, you’re sitting on your mat, moving through the motions gracefully and consciously.
Through Yoga, I learned to connect with my body and my mind on a spiritual level. Not out of judgement and criticism, but a real connection. I fell in love with my flaws, embraced the woman I was becoming and built a line of communication with my mind. Something I had never done before. For the first time, I was getting to know me, and I was reinventing the person I wanted to be.
So, after birth and losing myself to motherhood, of course I would turn to Yoga once more. In the chaos of my pregnancy and delivery, the madness of new motherhood, and the disorder of my life as a stay at home mom, I dusted off my mat and have embarked on another journey to find myself once more. Maybe the new me that grows this time around will be the best me yet.
Today, I move on to the next piece of my recovery journey; rebuilding myself, both physically and mentally, at my own pace. I still experience pain and discomfort and I will adjust my health plan accordingly. I will rip up the expectations of who I think I need to be and set new goals to become the new person I want to be. I will take my mental health seriously and indulge in practices that will improve my mental wellness. Join me Moms and Dads, in my Postpartum Recovery Series as I build a happier and healthier me. I hope I can inspire you to do the same.
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