Power Yoga and Pregnancy by Tara

Power Yoga and Pregnancy by Tara

tara imageThis past December my husband and I were blessed with our third little beautiful baby Serena Grace.  Her name says it all she is just our little gift from god. When I found out I was pregnant I was mentoring under Dora and Valerie at Spira. These lovely ladies were helping me pursue my goal of becoming a yoga teacher (and still are J ).  Not that being nervous about becoming a teacher was enough I was going to be a pregnant teacher! I taught my first class on March 17, 2012 at Spira. I remember that day so well; I ran the St. Patrick’s day race in the snow with the kids, then taught the 4pm class that afternoon.  It was the beginning of my career at Spira and the beginning of this new little life growing in my belly!

While being so completely overjoyed with this opportunity I had to take my practice in a different direction for my changing body. I practiced yoga while I was pregnant with my other two children but this third pregnancy was so different. And although I was a yoga practitioner I hadn’t gone through extensive teacher training that I did these past few years. I was more aware of how I could modify poses but still able to take a regular yoga class. When I had my first two kids, the lovely Miss Annabelle and funny boy Anthony I was told to take prenatal yoga classes. Don’t get me wrong I think these classes are great but I wasn’t getting what I really needed.. physical strength!  I think this is so important during your pregnancy, birth and after the little baby is born.  This time around I felt strong and ready to meet our tiny bundle.

I’m so grateful that I had the experience on how to keep my regular yoga practice during the entire pregnancy up to giving birth that I would like to help others do the same.  I would love to have the opportunity to help students learn how to modify poses and share some tips and tricks from one pregnant girl to another.