The Importance of Prenatal Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 22nd, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: healthy pregnancy, pregnancy, prenatal yoga, yoga for moms

Today, more and more women are taking prenatal yoga classes for various reasons. Some start due to their doctors’ advice or hearing about it from a friend or loved one. Others are veteran yoginis continuing their practice and some simply want to stay fit while connecting with baby.

Pregnancy and the Gift of the Feedback of the Body

by guest | May 8th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Yoga | tags: desi bartlett, gaiam, meditation, motherhood, mothers-day, pregnancy, Yoga

A guest post from Pre and Postnatal yoga and fitness expert, Desi Bartlett.

The Perfect Posture for a Pain-Free Pregnancy

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | January 10th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Yoga | tags: Aligned and Well, baby bump, back-pain, biomechanics, Clicking Sacroiliac joints, Coregeous, diaphragm vacuum, diastasis recti, Dr. Kelly Starrett, Eden Fromberg, Esther Gokhale, EveryDay Paleo, expecting, Gokhale Method, Katy Bowman, Lila Yoga NYC, Moblitywod, neck pain, post-baby body, postnatal workouts, posture, pregnancy, pregnancy posture, pregnant, prenatal, prenatal yoga, Sarah Fragoso, spinal alignment, standing, Yoga Tune Up, Yoga Tune Up Therapy Ball, Yoga Tune Up®

posture for pregnancyOver my career I have worked with thousands of postpartum women who are chasing after the body they had pre-pregnancy. After one, two or several kids, a laundry list of body complaints plagues them:

  • Diastasis recti – a soft-tissue split that occurs down the middle of the rectus and does not reconnect
  • Clicking or painful SI (sacro-iliac) joints
  • Peeing while sneezing, aka, “Snissing”
  • Low back pain
  • A feeling of disconnect from the core

This is just a short list of some of the common after-effects of child-bearing. I know from my students’ own stories that my Yoga Tune Up® approach has helped them to awaken their bodies, heal birth traumas and bring a greater sense of body peace than they had pre-pregnancy. I developed my approach through years of experimentation, study and listening to my students and experts.

But I had not yet been through the rite of passage of pregnancy myself. Until now. I am expecting in late February!

Hope and the Post-Baby Body

Nancy Alder by Nancy Alder | May 16th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: baby, children, Gaiam Hope Project, handstand, kids, Lao Tzu, mother, motherhood, parenting, Plank Pose, post-baby body, pre-baby body, pregnancy, pregnant, Samuel Smiles, strength, strong, Yoga, yoga class, yoga-practice

Hope and Post-Baby BodyKnowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.~Lao Tzu

Although all mothers know this, no one can truly warn you before it happens: Your body is never the same after you have a baby as it was before you got pregnant.

Sure, we see images of movie stars who bounce back from having babies more toned and fit than they were before pregnancy, but the reality for most women is much less seamless. Having a baby affects you inside and out: You stretch and move differently, and your anatomy changes — permanently — from that growing being inside your body. That pair of skinny jeans, your high school dress and your once stretch-mark-free body often become just a distant memory. This change can make women feel imperfect or less attractive than they remember themselves to be.

When I walked into the room for my first “official yoga class” (read: not with a DVD at home, which had been my practice for years) I felt weak. I was mom to a two-year-old and a four-year-old and I was out of shape. My stomach was flabby from cesarean sections, my leg muscles shaky and my self-image less than ideal. Feeling neither powerful nor like a rock star, I just hoped that yoga would help me get back the body I once had.

It wasn’t until the day that I held Plank Pose in yoga class that I finally got it: I still had an amazing body.

The Gathering Mama: Get Fit for Childbirth the Natural Way

Katy Santiago Bowman by Katy Santiago Bowman | April 29th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: babies, drug-free, gathering, home births, mothers, natural childbirth, pregnancy, squats, walking

pregnant woman streching on the grass

If you want to start a debate at the next party you go to, bring up birthing politics. Hospital or home birth? Drug-free or an epidural? Birthing tub or stirrups? And remember that not so long ago, there was only one option. It was called, “You’re doing this now, whether you want to or not.”

“I Celebrate Now”: How to Stay Positive in Trying Times

Patricia Moreno by Patricia Moreno | March 25th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, exercise, Fitness, happiness, IntenSati, intenSati Method, intention, Patricia Moreno, positive thinking, pregnancy, self-affirmation, stress, stress-relief

I have been sharing this with many people, but I have not yet shared it with you, though some of you may already know: I am pregnant. I am 16 weeks pregnant, and I am obviously thrilled. The first few months were a combination of excitement, joy and also worry if it would really be real this time!

Eating to Conceive

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 29th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: babies, baby, conception, dairy, diet, eating, fertility, folic acid, foods to conceive, male fertily, pregnancy, pregnant, prenatal vitamins, sperm counts, whole grains

Maybe it’s the spring air, but it seems like so many people I know are either pregnant at the moment or trying to get pregnant. And as with anything having to do with one’s body, what you eat can have a huge impact on your fertility. For anyone who might be hit with spring baby-making fever, here are some tips on how you might be able to increase your odds of getting pregnant by eating better.

Good News: Whale-Inspired Yoga, Pregnant Bellies Become Art

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Conscious Living News | tags: art, composting, dreams, exercise, Fitness, food, pregnancy, shopping, urban living, whales, Yoga

Nico the Beluga Whale at the Georgia Aquarium

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Secret to Michelle Monaghan’s Post-Baby Bod? Eating Organic!

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | February 17th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Celebrity Planet, Family Health, Green Living, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: breast-feeding, Michelle Monaghan, organic, pregnancy

Michelle Monaghan in the film <I>Made of Honor</i>.

Michelle in Made of Honor.

Everybody always wants to know the secrets to how celebs bounce back so quickly after pregnancy. For Michelle Monaghan, it’s breast-feeding and eating organic.

Lisa Marie Presley on Getting Back Her Pre-Baby Body Organically

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | January 15th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Celebrity Planet, Family Health | tags: healthy-eating, lisa marie presley, organic foods, pregnancy, prenatal, weight-loss

The new People features a photo spread on Lisa Marie and the twins. Photo courtesy of People magazine.
The new People features a photo spread on Lisa Marie and the twins. Photo courtesy of People magazine.

For some reason, I’ve always liked Lisa Marie Presley. I don’t know if it’s because she reminds me so much of her iconic father — or if it’s her take-no-bull attitude. I think it’s the latter. So since the 40-year-old singer gave birth to twin girls last year — their names are Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love — I’ve been dying to see which magazine the first photos of they’d would land in.