Sbudsky

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  1. I know you posted this question a long time ago, but, in case you're still looking for answers.... My guess is that you may need to add a more aerobic component to your workout. Yoga, especially the slow, more traditional type, is great for strength and flexibility, but doesn't necessarily get your heart rate up and make you sweat the way you need to in order to really burn fat. I'd consider incorporating speed walking, Pilates, or at least a faster paced yoga workout (e.g. power yoga or fast flow) and I bet that would make a difference.
  2. Of course, everyone should check with their doctor but mine was very supportive of yoga during pregnancy. I'm currently in my 3rd trimester and have been practicing consistently for the past few months. I've found it to be the only kind of exercise that really feels good right now, and it's been really helpful with pregnancy-related lower back pain and sciatica. I recommend doing a few prenatal yoga classes (even online) to learn modifications to ensure your safety and comfort before going to a regular class. The general rule of thumb I've learned is to avoid abdominal twists, any poses that put pressure or weight on the belly (including backbends), any that rely heavily on engaging the core (e.g boat), and advanced inversions (because of fall risk and because they may make you dizzy or nauseous). After the middle of your second trimester, it's also not good to lay flat on your back as it cuts off blood flow to the baby. In terms of comfort and ease of practice, the typical modification is to widen your legs in standing and sitting poses to improve stability and make room for the baby. I've found that my lower back is extra bendy but also very sensitive so I usually avoid even gentle backbends like upward dog. I also recommend doing any balancing poses near a wall so you can catch yourself. If your arm strength isn't great and/or if your hands get slippery, you should also be really careful with planks, chaturunga, and any time you're suspended with your belly facing down.
  3. Thanks for the feedback, yogafire! The strange thing is that this has actually happened with more than one instructor. If there are any yoga teachers out there, I would be really interested to hear your thoughts!
  4. Thanks, Anahata. I appreciate the feedback. Curious to hear if others agree. My pov is that coming to class pregnant isn't actually different from any other physical issue or difference, like having an injury or being full figured. Seems like having a pregnant person there just makes people nervous because of liability or something. I'll try talking to the teacher to see if that helps.
  5. I'm currently 8 months pregnant and, for the past few months, yoga has been my saving grace as it has helped to calm me and allowed me to stay active. Having now done a lot of prenatal yoga, I have a good awareness of what modifications I need to make and also how to listen to my body. And knock on wood, so far I've continued to stay pretty fit and healthy. For a variety of reasons (scheduling, just to have some variety, or to be able to attend with friends), I would still like to try to go to non-prenatal beginners or open level classes from time to time over the next two months until my due date. I always explain to the teachers beforehand that I'm able to modify on my own and happy to just do what I can. Inevitably during class, though, they always seem to make a point of announcing at several points that they are changing their plan on my behalf. I think they're just trying to be thoughtful and accommodating, but it makes me uncomfortable. It seems like my presence is a disruption and, I imagine, irritating to other students who may feel cheated out of their twists and inversions. I'm curious to hear what others, especially teachers, think. Am I violating yoga etiquette rules by attending these normal classes while l'm (very) pregnant? Is there a different way to approach this with the teachers?