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Wonderful series of prenatal yoga videos

Dear expectant mums, I’ve been blessed this year with 3 healthy yoga babies ! Mingus, Oskar & Kayla were my first yoga babies and I’m sure there’ll be more. All 3 mums are doing well and have told me that practicing (prenatal) yoga really helped them feel good in their bodies during their pregnancy. This makes me extremely happy. It’s wonderful to be able to share the teachings and the gift of yoga with other beings, especially to the new citizens to this world.

So if you are expecting a baby, you might want to consider joining a class nearby (try looking up teachers and studios on YogaTrail). If you wish to practice at home (as well) then this is a great series of videos of prenatal yoga by a lovely lady: Katy Appleton of Apple Yoga.

Another great website with very useful info and videos can be found here with many free videos.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Prenatal yoga certificate obtained

In February I spent a prolonged weekend with a bunch of wonderful yoginis and Carla Anselm from Open Sky Yoga Center (USA) to learn about prenatal and postpartum yoga. We had a wonderful time, Carla is very entertaining and knowledgeable. It was an intense 3 days mini TTC.

prenatal yoga certificate

Prenatal yoga certificate

After the training we were supposed to do quite some homework, that I did bit by bit and finally handed in last month ! And yesterday the certificate and Carla’s feedback came in the mail ! It truly made my day.

I’ve been applying the teachings to my classes which held several pregnant students and it’s simply great to be able to offer them the guidance they need in that sacred special time of their lives. I even taught a couple of online (Skype) classes to my BFF who’s living in a different country.

All in all, it’s such valuable knowledge and I’m very grateful to my wonderful teacher for her guidance. Obviously this is only the beginning and I’m striving to take many more courses and learn from my students to be able to develop myself continuously.

 


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Prenatal & postpartum yoga TTC weekend with Carla Anselm (USA)

20150206_162158The past 3 days I’ve spent learning about and practicing prenatal and postpartum yoga. As a yoga teacher we get people with lots of different bodies and conditions in our classes. Pregnant ladies or young mothers can definitely do yoga, it’s actually very good to prepare for giving birth and to get back into shape (mentally & physically) after giving birth. However, there are several things to know about a pregnant body, one can’t simply do everything that one is used to as the body undergoes lots of changes and needs to protect the fetus.

Hence, I’m extremely pleased to have been able to train with Carla these past 3 days. There was theory & practice, lots of laughing, getting to know the other students, yummy lunches by #Oups catering,  sunshine and sharing.

Next steps for me are to develop a class appropriate for each of the 3 trimesters of pregnancy and to teach a class to a pregnant lady. So if you are pregnant (or know a lady that is) & are based in Brussels, let me know, so we can arrange your free prenatal yoga class !

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20150207_115546The 20 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training offers already certified yoga teachers the opportunity to learn how to safely guide pregnant students through each trimester of pregnancy including the postpartum period. Learn to adapt yoga practice to support, nourish and honor the journey of pregnancy, as well as the benefits of practice and the contra indications.

Teachers will explore the anatomy and physiology of the birth process alongside yogic philosophy in order to safely welcome pregnant students in their classes with confidence.

Through sounding, relaxation, pranayama and modified asana, we engage techniques to harness the inner strength, focus and stability called for in childbirth and motherhood to promote health and well-being.

Biography

Carla Anselm (RYT 500, Doula) has been a student of yoga for over a decade. She began her training in 2001 at Shatki Yoga Center in New York City. Continuing her training within the Iyengar tradition, Carla completed François Raoult’s Essential Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training at Open Sky Yoga Center in 2007. In 2009, she was certified as an Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher by Judith Lasater. Carla is also an experienced doula and prenatal yoga teacher. Filled with curiosity and the call to live her yoga practice with an authentic voice, Carla continues her studies with both François Raoult and Dr. Douglas Brooks.