My friend Lisa is a yoga instructor, and just took a class on teaching prenatal yoga. She writes a lovely blog called hellomoment and yesterday she posted her experience being “pregnant” for the class. I want to share, especially for those who are pregnant and read this – it’s funny and so true! Thanks for sharing your brief pregnancy with us, Lisa! And please, go take a look at hellomoment for Lisa’s other insightful, funny and inspiring posts.
The scene: eleven women with blankets strapped to their bellies. There are blocks, bolsters and blankets everywhere. Some of us are wiggling our hips because we think it’s really funny and fun to be “pregnant”.
Then, we sit on the floor and get into supported supta baddha konasana. The practice begins. Here are the thoughts that ran through my mind during prenatal yoga training.
- Okay, I am imagining a pure, gold light flooding my heart. Imagine one in my belly, too, where the baby’s heart is? This is so beautiful! My baby!
- Chanting is great! I wish I were pregnant so I could just chant in yoga all the time, with this warm, golden glow in my chest.
- Sitting up, legs crossed, leaning forward… to the side… back… to the other side… Pregnant yoga is awesome! I want to be pregnant so I can just sit on the floor all the time and make circles. Yes, I will gladly go the other way.
- Clearing all the props off the mat is annoying, but I am willing to do so because it means we will get to make more circles. On my hands and knees, gyrating like we would with a hula hoop…
At this point, one of the women exclaims “this action is what got me here in the first place!” and we all crack up.
- Getting up off the floor is hard! If I were pregnant, I would just spend all my time on the floor.
- My back hurts. I have to burp. This baby is IN MY WAY.
- It takes me forever to get into a lunge because this baby is IN. MY. WAY.
- My knees are hyperextending in this forward fold. Taking my feet far apart is not helping. This BABY is IN MY WAY.
Every now and then we stand upright as the teacher explains the benefits of different postures. There is a good amount of belly dancing as she talks. Bouncing the blanket belly around can be fun. Then we get back to the practice.
- THIS BABY IS IN MY WAY.
- Why does anyone bother to do anything at all when they’re pregnant? Everything takes so much effort and time. I just want to stay on the floor.
At some point, we get on the floor and do some stuff that might be a bit too graphic to share.
- THISBABYISINMYWAY. THISBABYISINMYWAY. THIS. BABY. IS. IN. MY. WAY.
- I never want to be pregnant.
We end the same way we started, in supported supta baddha konasana. To close the practice, the teacher says something beautiful and full of imagery and we chant om.
THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL I WANT A BABY