To fulfill my observation requirements for the Yoga Tree 200 Hour Teacher Training, Jane Austin let me observe her prenatal class in exchange for volunteering in her postnatal class. The two classes couldn’t be more different.
The prenatal class was dark and quiet, soft and soothing. The expectant mothers left calm and peaceful.
Then the strollers rolled in, and the room filled up with mothers and babies ranging from a few weeks to several months old. Mothers rolled out blankets and playpens and set up shop. There was squawking and crying and cooing.
Three of us volunteers moved around the room, picking up babies as they cried (with mother’s permission of course), walking and rocking them until they were quiet and then picking up the next baby. I was completely in awe of Jane as she led the class unfazed as if there were no distractions, plucking up crying babies as she walked the studio.
It reminded me that in other parts of the world, and not that long ago in our history, children were raised in villages and women worked together to take care of the children. For an hour in the Valencia studio, a small village is created where women support each other to get what they need: time to rest, time to do yoga, and support to talk about what is going on.
Even though I spent an hour in the cacophony of baby sounds carrying babies up and down the classroom, I left feeling completely energized and alive. It felt so special to be part of this little village, if just for an hour. If you’re a momma with a new baby, definitely go to Jane’s postnatal class and feel supported by this pop-up community.