For the pass 2 weekends I traveled all the way to Osaka to study for a prenatal yoga certification.
We did LOTs of yoga this final weekend. Day 1 started with a prenatal yoga class, followed by a class lead by one of us for practice teaching. We each got to teach a 85min class and I sweated buckets when I taught mine (always will be nervous when teaching a new group), but I got some great feedback and learned a lot from the experience. The students commented that it was special that they could take a class from a pregnant women as they got a better idea of what and how much a pregnant women is actually capable of doing. Thats right, were still capable of doing quite a bit.
The 2nd day was more practice teaching, learned the contraindicated oils that shouldn’t be used if a teacher wanted to give a little massage, and we went over a little bit of postnatal yoga. Postnatal is not very different from a level 1 yoga class so that was very brief.
What I did not have to do was wear a pillow to simulate a belly and I was quite glad about this 🙂 I have my natural “pillow”, but that still didn’t stop me from bringing a pillow all the way from Tokyo so I could have more pillows in the hotel. No such thing as too many pillows at night!
And finally the graduation! Graduation flowers.
Boy do I look happy to get a flower! ha
Received my certificate and a hug from the lovely teacher. Jodi really was amazing! Such a warm heart and an excellent teacher! If she decides to teach a workshop in Tokyo I’d be so thrilled!
Tired, Sweaty, but oh so proud of our achievement!
Prenatal yoga is quite special I have to say and I’m SOOOOO excited that my boss is going to let me start teaching in 2 weeks up until whenever I have the baby. It’ll definitely be an experience to teach prenatal yoga while being pregnant myself.
Although I haven’t really enjoyed this pregnancy, I am quite happy that being pregnant brought about this opportunity to study prenatal yoga. I contemplated studying it before my pregnancy, but never did because I just couldn’t relate and ultimately didn’t have much interest until I got my pregnant myself. The body is a beautiful thing and its been an amazing experience to see/feel the changes in me and to see how much my yoga practice has changed as well. I don’t think I would consider myself a prenatal yoga teacher until I myself experienced pregnancy. Thats not to say I don’t think a women HAS to go through pregnancy to be a good teacher. Jodi Boone for example is not a mother, but understands the pregnant women’s body, mind, and heart that I wouldn’t have known she never experienced it herself if I didn’t ask her.
For myself, personally though, I think I needed to experience pregnancy to be able to teach pregnant women with confidence.
I’ll updated on my first prenatal yoga class in 2 weeks time 🙂