Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes in many different ways. Some of these changes are due to hormonal fluctuations. Others are caused by the additional mechanical stress on the musculoskeletal system of carrying another human being in one’s uterus. It is important to be aware of what these changes are so that you can better understand what’s happening in your body and learn ways to support the changes to be as comfortable as possible. Read More

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Benefits of a Prenatal Partner Class - or Why Should I Drag my Partner to Yoga on a Saturday Afternoon?

by Andrea Dixon When I first started teaching prenatal partner yoga classes, I was pregnant with my first child. Since I was pregnant along with my students, my husband came with me to be my partner in the partner classes. I knew it wasn’t his first choice of things to do on a Saturday afternoon, but he was agreeable and sweet about it. After our son was born, he confessed that he actually hadn’t really wanted to go at all, but he was glad he had since what he learned was so helpful to him when he supported me in labor! I’ve heard similarly from many other students and their partners through the years, so I know my husband is not alone in his experience. Partner prenatal classes offer ways to support your shared experience of awaiting your child, connect with each other and with your baby, as well as tangible tools, poses, and ideas for partners give supportive during pregnancy and birth. Read More

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Prenatal Teacher Training weekend 3 recap

What an amazing weekend. The community this group has created is a joy to be a part of! Sara joined us to kick off our weekend with a discussion on mindfulness, using the text, The Miracle of Mindfulness, as a starting point. It was a rich, emotional and tender discussion, and it brought up ideas and concepts that we returned to throughout the weekend. Later in the weekend, we did other mindfulness exercises, including the Raisin Meditation (from Mindful Birthing, one of my all-time favorite books). Read More

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Teacher Training weekend 9 recap

This was the last weekend of teacher training for these wonderful students! It was a fun but busy weekend. On Friday night we talked about ethics as a yoga teacher. There are several ways in which we need to pay attention to ethical considerations. In no particular order, there are the ethics of the student/teacher relationship, the ethics of professionalism, and the ethics of knowing your limits as a yoga teacher. I like to tell the students that there are some things that should be obvious, but are not. For example, it should be obvious that a yoga teacher (who is not also a doctor) is not qualified to give medical advice. However, students will ask you all the time what they should do about various injuries. It's always important to listen to their concerns, ask if they're seeing a medical professional, and advise them against doing anything that aggravates their injury. But trying to diagnose or treat any condition is outside the realm of what a yoga teacher is qualified to do. Read More

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Prenatal Teacher Training weekend 2 recap

This is always my favorite weekend of the prenatal teacher training, because our main focus is birth! Throughout the weekend we talked about birth from various perspectives – historical (what influences and developments have brought us to what we have today in the US), cultural (how we tend to view pregnancy and birth), medical (what options women have in childbirth), and of course what actually happens in a woman’s body during labor and birth. Throughout the weekend we return many times to the questions of: what does this mean for our pregnant students? how does this show up in a prenatal class? And – most importantly – how can we best support our pregnant yoga students to have the most embodied, powerful, and positive experience, regardless of what unfolds during her transition to motherhood? Read More

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Teacher Training weekend 8 recap

On our second-to-last weekend together, we talked about teaching yoga basics. Teaching yoga to new students can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a yoga teacher. Yoga can bring so many benefits in both physical and mental realms and it’s wonderful work to bring those benefits to beginner yogis. But teaching yoga basics is also a huge challenge, and not one that should be taken lightly as a teacher. Read More

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Teacher training weekend 7 recap

This past weekend was our 7th weekend together. It was somewhat of a catch-up weekend, allowing us to revisit some poses and concepts in a little more depth. Our teaching practice focused on longer holds and getting comfortable with silence. We also had a couple of wonderful guest teachers who shared some special teachings. Read More

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Teacher Training weekend 6 recap

This past weekend was our sixth weekend together. The asana focus was on seated poses, primarily twists and forward folds. These poses are important for everyone, although they are often not given the same amount of attention as the other pose groups. Seated poses are important for creating and maintaining openness in the hips. It is hard for many people to sit on the floor and we have limited mobility in the hip joints due to constantly sitting in chairs. So work on this can help to keep us healthy through old age. Read More

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Teacher Training weekend 5 recap

The asana focus of our 5th weekend of teacher training was arm balancing and inverting. This is always a fun weekend to teach because there is always one or two breakthroughs with the students. Sometimes it is overcoming fear, sometimes there was a simple piece missing in a pose that made all the difference. It’s also a good opportunity to talk about honoring your own path and not being distracted by the journey (or handstand) of another student. We also continued to make our way through Pada 2 (Sadhana Pada) of the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. Read More

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