Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self
the Bhagavad Gita
I have to admit I’m not a sportswoman and rarely do exercise, but at the same time I’m not a lazy couch potato. I love being active and always on the move (inc: mall hopping :p). However, I love doing yoga. It keeps mind, body, and soul in one rhythm and it definitely could relax your tone and at the same time build the strength of your body.
Prenatal Yoga in Surabaya
My obgyn suggests to do prenatal yoga and the best time to start during the pregnancy is in 2nd trimester. So, I enrolled a prenatal yoga class in Lineage, located in Total Life Clinic in Surabaya. This class is designed for pregnant women (obviously) in particular to train breathing technique (which is going to be useful while in labor) and relax some muscles. The yoga master is also a certified hypnobirthing therapist, Dr. Astie Young. She explains that there’s always a pain in every labor, but we have to accept it peacefully and let our body does the work by controlling our mind. Sounds complicated right? But once you do yoga, you’ll understand what she talked about. It’s how our body, mind, and soul connect and work together and it doesn’t work automatically. That’s why we need to practice prenatal yoga.
Prenatal Yoga in Jakarta
When I moved in Jakarta, I was 7 months pregnant. So, I carried heavier load than before and because while pregnant your body consists more bloods and fluids, it makes my feet and ankles swollen easily (it’s also because I sit and stand too much). Yoga does help to ease the edema (swollen ankles & feet). Few times, I take a prenatal yoga at Rumah Yoga in Lamandau. Tia Pratignyo is the yoga instructor. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor from Swami Vivekananda Yoga University (SVAYASA) in Bangalore (India) and Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor from Birthlight. This class really makes me sweating and bit advanced (comapare to my previous experience in Surabaya) but still easy to follow. And voila! It does help to cure my swollen feet and ankles and it makes my body fit.
Prenatal Yoga at Home
If you don’t have time to take some prenatal yoga classes, you can do it your own exercise at home. There’s plenty of prenatal yoga channels on youtube which you can choose based on your need. My favourite is Pregnancy Yoga Series by Kate Appleton. She makes 5 episodes (10 minutes each) and you can do one by one each day or all 5 in a day. It’s really up to you. I usually combine each episode to suit my need, but I think the first episode and the last one are a must.