The journey of becoming a yoga teacher.
This weekend we learned all about yoga and pregnancy from Jane Austin. She took us from the pre-natal to the post-partum stages, explaining the do’s and don’ts and debunking a lot of the misinformation about yoga and pregnancy, along the way.
One of the biggest take-aways was to not have any preconceived judgments of what pregnant women can and can’t do. Instead, ask them what feels good to them and give them the space to trust their own intuition, since they know what’s best for their own bodies. Some pregnant women can do handstands, if this has been part of their daily practice, as long as they do it against a wall for support. Keeping calm and carrying on seems the most appropriate mantra for teaching pregnant women. We are there to guide them to make the best choices for themselves — “to establish the parameters of safety,” as Jane so eloquently put it.
I think we all realize what a huge responsibility this is, while also learning not to put all the pressure on ourselves. So, again, this process of becoming a yoga teacher keeps coming back to knowledge, combined with trust – trusting in ourselves and trusting in others. It’s also a reminder, as we have heard from Sean, not to make any assumptions.
And, while it’s hard to fit everything we need to know about pregnancy in one weekend, Jane did an amazing job of providing us with all the essentials. We can always take additional classes and workshops to enhance our knowledge of working with pregnant women.
We also were graced by Dina Amsterdam’s presence on Friday night. With a rain storm outside, it was so warm and cozy to come together again after our Thanksgiving break, as Dina led us through a luscious meditation on lovingkindness. Looking forward to one more class from Dina in January.