I have been meaning to find a pregnancy yoga class for, oh, about 19 weeks now. I've had the contact numbers saved in a gmail folder, I've talked to pregnant colleagues, but I never actually DID it. First it was work. Then work again. Then general slackness. Then sickness.
But finally this week, I got off my bum (not literally, I was in my trusty office chair) and phoned around, and found a class
at the local parents' centre for Thursday night. I wasn't sure quite
what to expect; knowing that some preggy yoga classes are basically
focussed ordinary yoga classes (i.e. pretty much a workout), whereas
others are more of the deep breathing and feeling centred ilk (it
didn't matter much to me which one I got- I just didn't know).
After a 3k walk there (thanks to a wrong turn) I was hot and running late
and feeling a little flustered, but I had time to lay my towel out and
settle myself down before we started. I wasn't even last there, quite.
The class was very much "deep breathing and feeling centred", and it was
great. The stretches were easy and relaxing, and we focussed on the
problem areas we'd all identified in the beginning (mostly rib and lower
back pain- ho boy, do I have a lot to look forward to). The instructor
kept up a running commentary about various pregnancy/labour related
things as we stretched, which eased the tension- you just have to relax
and stop feeling like a spoon
when you're in a room full of women talking about the bodily processes
involved in pregnancy and labour! At the end, we had 10 minutes to give
each other back rubs and chat, followed by 5 minutes of relaxing on
beanbags and "connecting with our babies."
I left feeling a little taller, a lot calmer, and with an
inexplicable craving for chickpeas... Looking forward to next Thursday!