In the rush to return to pre-pregnancy levels of fitness, many postnatal yoga students jump back too quickly to exercises and movements that can prolong postpartum healing and recovery. This workshop hosted by prenatal yoga expert Lily Dwyer Begg will offer ways to develop confidence and learn practical skills to best support yoga students who recently gave birth. Learn potent deep core work that lays the foundation to stabilize and support yoga practice after pregnancy and childbirth.
As a yoga teacher, you will leave feeling empowered to support students who have recently given birth. As a yoga practitioner, you will leave with a toolkit of exercises to access your deep core.
Optimizing yoga to support postnatal yoga students
In this workshop you will learn:
- A timeline of different phases of postpartum healing and recovery
- Common postpartum injuries and discomforts your students may experience
- Yoga postures that are contraindicated for your postpartum students
- Deep core exercises that are supportive for your postpartum students as well as for your advanced yoga practice
- When it's appropriate to refer a student to a medical professional
What is postnatal yoga?
Lily says postnatal yoga can be mistaken as "watered down" or modified yoga that anyone in a class can do. Instead, it should be considered a potent, specialized way to slow down and recalibrate body alignment post-pregnancy.
That recalibration is important for postnatal yogis as their bodies return to a pre-pregnancy state.
What to expect when you're no longer expecting
Lily says there are two critical things to consider as one comes out of pregnancy - proper nutrition and rest. This is essential to getting strength back and preparing for more intense training later on. The body needs to heal from delivery or a C-section; they've earned that rest!
Returning to form
As the body starts to gain strength, instruct your postnatal yoga students to slowly ramp up their exercise. Be mindful of body changes and practice poses that accommodate them. This means potentially avoiding intense core workouts that can stress the stomach. Always check in with your postnatal students and see how you can better support them.