I found out I was pregnant at the start of one of the busiest months of my yoga career to date. Not only was I working my way through my already full class schedule, but I had just added two new classes per week to help me fulfill the requirements of my 500 hour LOAY Teacher Training with Sri Dharma Mittra. March was also the month were I was teaching every weekend in two different teacher trainings. Talk about busy! And now with this new pumpkin on the way, and the morning sickness that accompanied it, it became increasingly more difficult to muster enough energy to walk my dog, let alone teach a heavy schedule of classes.
Despite all the craziness that was swirling around us, my husband and I were thrilled with the news. It took a few good days for it to sink in, as life changes normally do, but we are very happy nonetheless.
Every pregnancy is different and for me changes started to happen almost immediately. Most notably my concentration and energy levels went out the window. My emotions surged because PREGNANCY HORMONES ARE VERY REAL. And finally, my devoted yoga practice had to change.
Coming off of my LOAY training, I had developed a pretty rigorous daily practice of pranayama, meditation and asana. The tools I had learned gave me the foundation for a practice that grounded and balanced me. But now, that needed to shift. Some of the pranayama and poses were contraindicated for pregnancy and my exhaustion, along with the physical changes rapidly taking place made it hard to find time to do anything other than sleep. My practice shifted to listening to my body, rather than pushing through, because what my body needs to do now more than ever is make a happy home for this new spirit to grow and develop.
Although we are only now making the pregnancy public knowledge, I did reach out to close friends for support. I let my employers know so they were aware of changes happening and that my flakiness was for a good reason. In the end, it’s the support that helped me get through those first weeks.
Now heading in to my second trimester I’m excited about what is to come and I look forward to the changes that will occur. I believe this is an immense time of learning and growth for myself and I am ready for the challenge. I know it will not be easy, and I’m sure I will make mistakes along the way (nobody’s perfect, remember?), but ultimately I will do the best I can to stay connected with my practice and even more importantly, connected to baby and our growing family.