October 13-15, 2017 at Shanti Yoga in Whitefish, Montana
Join Deb for a 3 day workshop in Whitefish, Montana. This weekend workshop is for expectant mothers, yoga teachers and birth workers looking to feel more confident understanding and embracing the pregnant body in yoga and through out pregnancy.
The weekend is broken into 4 different workshops that can be taken all together or independently. We will cover a wide variety of topics including the PYC methodology, understanding the anatomical and physiological changes of pregnancy, postpartum care, childbirth practice in the US and have the opportunity to participate in a prenatal and postnatal yoga class.
Our weekend together starts with an informal meet and greet and an explanation by Deb of the Prenatal Yoga Center (PYC) methodology. The evening practice that follows will start to demonstrate the PYC approach to prenatal yoga and will end with pregnancy-appropriate restorative poses.
We start our morning with a focus on understanding why certain poses are/are not appropriate for the pregnant body. This 5-hour workshop is geared toward certified yoga teachers or curious practitioners who want to both deepen their knowledge of attending to the needs of pregnant students and enhance their skills at modifying poses appropriate for pregnancy. This knowledge is gained by discussing the anatomical and physiological changes of the pregnant body. The session concludes with yoga teacher attendees taking turns leading small groups while instructing the prenatal cues and modifications.
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Attendees will be led through a pregnancy vinyasa flow as well as an “open-class” flow with pregnancy modifications included simultaneously. Attendees will then start to practice the pregnancy modifications in small groups with Deb assigning teacher attendees poses to teach. Attendees will conclude with practicing teaching some poses to both nonpregnant and “pregnant” students.
90-Minute Community Class- open to pregnant students and those who are interested in experiencing a prenatal vinyasa class.
In prenatal yoga, we start with the most accessible experience and then subtly refine it to the individual body. The asana (the yoga poses) offer the students a chance to be present with and feel the sensations of their changing body and the growth of their baby. We stretch, we open, and we safely experience strong sensation.
Prenatal yoga should not be a watered-down version of a “regular” yoga class. Birth is an extremely physically and emotionally demanding event, and pregnant students benefit greatly from a tremendous amount of preparation. Part of the preparation is for the students to feel challenging sensations in the poses. This causes the mother to focus inwardly on what she needs to do in order to handle the sensation. Does she start to connect to her breath? Does she need to make sounds? Does she innately trust that her body has the capacity to move through moments of discomfort? By facing these obstacles in class, students can develop an appreciation for their bodies abilities and hone active relaxation skills for labor.
Community Postnatal Yoga Class
We will start our final morning together by exploring the special needs and modifications of the postnatal body, and learning how to check for abdominal diastasis. We will then take this knowledge and apply it to a postnatal yoga class for all students and non-pregnant community members to enjoy. Pregnant students are welcome to watch; however, this practice is not appropriate for pregnancy.
A major facet of the the PYC methodology is to understand and relay evidence-based information to our students in a non-biased manner. We touch upon important questions to help encourage our students to look deeper and discover the birth that is right for them, to explore the role fear plays in birth, and how to best support a functional birth. We also briefly look at the arc of labor and how so many of the tools we integrate into a prenatal yoga class can aid a mother in labor.
All too often, I find myself reaching for the phone just to distract me from whatever it is that is going on around me. I obsessively check emails and social media, missing out – somewhat purposely- disconnecting myself from my environment and my kids.
While I am totally enjoying our move to Maplewood, and playing with Shay and Sage in the yard, watching them run in the grass, I also find myself lacking patience and concentration with my kids at times. Even sitting on the couch watching Curious George with my son, he will see me staring down at my phone and ask me to look up and watch his video with him. I also need to curb my habit of yelling and getting frustrated. For those who know me as a yoga teacher who is generally good spirited, you may not recognize the person who is threatening to take away screen time if her child does not put his shoes on and get out the door.
I am hoping from this challenge, I will learn to disconnect from overly focusing on technology and learn to be more present, grounded and patient with my children.
I expect this to be a continuous challenge, far beyond these 30 days. But as studies have shown, 30 days often helps cement a new habit or break an unneeded one.
When I get the urge to reach for my phone, ask myself- do I really need to check it? Are there truly pressing issues I need to attend to? Sometime, there will be legitimate reasons to handle, but to take a pause and see if it is necessary to plug in.
When with my children, reminding myself to focus back to myself before reacting. It could be simply a breath, or reminding myself that I should not expect immature beings to always act like mature little people. This does not mean that I let them run the joint and call the shots, but to know that kids will act like kids. Be a supportive parent and help steer their behavior instead of having my own fit when their behavior is not meeting my expectation.
Who wants to take this challenge with me? Tag us with #PYCmindfulparenting and share both your trying and successful moments with us! Together, we can help each other to be more present to what is going on around us.
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