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It a somewhat sad week for my yoga practice. It is my last week with my eight month old, Liam, in our registered postnatal yoga class. We've been attending since he was eight weeks old and have transitioned through the sleepy classes (I loved savasana [corpse pose] during these early classes) to sitting up and having his own practice to the busy days of a crawling baby (trying to corral him with bolsters while I try to do poses).
I cannot say enough positive things about postnatal yoga. I attended Lotus Soul Gym but I pretty sure other yoga studios in Edmonton offer these classes. The classes were not only for me but for Liam as well. He practiced "baby yoga", interacted with other babies and had baby massage. I too benefitted in many ways. It was a physical practice but much more so an emotional and mental practice. In the early sleepy classes, the positive words and affirmations were candy for my soul - particularly a new mom's soul. When the feeling of being overwhelmed, fatigued, worried and frustrated, the class was time to decompress.
Another benefit was spending quiet, uninterrupted time with my son. Cuddles and cradles are a part of postnatal yoga. And for that I am so grateful for.
So whats next? Well, family yoga is an option but more realistically is probably solo practice for me. Just need to make sure I schedule it and ensure childcare is in order!
Postscript: I just found out that Recreation Services at the Unversity of Alberta is offering a Parent and Tot Yoga class at the Saville Community Sport Centre. It is a drop-in class and I might try one session to see if mobile Liam will manage this class as we transition our yoga practice together!
Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.