My yoga journey has taken me some interesting places. I started yoga to deal with anxiety. Then I used it to help recover from knee surgery and pelvic issues caused by a car wreck. I learned how to calm my mind and strengthen my body.
While going through my teacher training, I did a class on prenatal yoga. There's not a lot of information provided in a regular 200 or 300 hour yoga teacher training about prenatal yoga. However, what I did get, was a desire to learn more. The moment we set our hands on our bellies and were told to connect to our babies and send an intention, I felt something shift. I wished I had this when I was pregnant. I read so many books (I'm a researcher, AKA nerd) about what I could and could not do during pregnancy. There were a lot of mixed results and little based in science. I remember hiking and then not being able to walk for days after because my ligaments had loosened and my muscles were taxed trying to hold my joints together. I also remember being completely overwhelmed with anxiety and having no one to talk to that understood what I was going through.
I decided to dig deeper. I researched and found a program that dealt with prenatal and postpartum yoga. I was hooked! Anatomy, biomechanics, and how it applies to the pre and post pregnant body. This is what I had been looking for. I knew immediately I wanted to educate and help pregnant and new moms mentally and physically with their changing bodies and emotions. While receiving my certification, I also became super interested in the pelvic floor.
I have friends who have organ prolapses, incontinence, and pelvic pain (and I've been known to occasionally pee my pants if I sneeze hard enough). This is from age, pregnancy, and/or just pelvic instability. Again, there's so little information out there. I began to find that most doctors don't even know anything about the pelvic floor.
I'm loving this new journey I'm on. Soaking up the knowledge, processing it, and helping women get back in touch with their bodies and minds. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. Also, keep posted. I'll be sharing lots of info in the future about the changing female body, how yoga can help, and even the misconceptions of pregnancy and the pelvic floor.