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My Favorite Prenatal Exercise

Jan 19, 2019

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I like to check in with my mind/heart/body/soul EVERY day to see what I need more (or less of) in my life.

Then I listen and take action!

When I ask myself this question every day, I almost alwaysย answer the same way….”I need alone time with God.”

So, taking action looks like this:

I stop what I’m doing, and read a devotional and reflect on the verses in my study bibleย with a blanket and cup of something to sip on (smoothie, tea, lemon water, coffee)… whatever I’m in the mood for.

My husband calls this morning spot the “Chair of Wisdom” haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then I finish whatever I was doing (much more settled and peaceful) because I knew what I needed and responded accordingly.

This goes without saying, but I love knowing that I don’t have to succumb to vices in life. That I can take responsibility for my mind, my actions, and ultimately my LIFE, by living intuitively and intentionally. I can craft the kind-of life I desire even when things don’t go as planned. It’s a beautiful gift from God that I don’t take for granted.

So, what does my mind/heart/body/soul need more of lately?

Exercise.

  • I’m halfway through my pregnancy, which is wonderful (but awkward) when it comes to working out.
  • I can go for a walk, but it’s harder these days to bring my dog with me, because she’s so large and my core isn’t as strong.
  • I can go to the gym to use the treadmill, but I can’t enjoy a Zumba class or lift weights over 40lbs.
  • It’s too cold to swim.
  • I’m too far along to practice ballet, modern, or jazz dance because my balance isn’t as good.

The list goes on and on – you get it…

I finally found the perfect exercise for pregnancy: prenatal yoga classes!

I see why it’s a mama’s go-to…I’ve been using this dvd for awhile now, and I have fallen in love with it!

 

If you click on the image above, it will show you a little more about the specific workout I do!

I guess I enjoy prenatal yoga so much that my husband noticed.

For Christmas, he gifted me a few things to help modify the poses as I get further along in my pregnancy like a yoga chair and a foam block.

Below are a few things that help with yoga at any stage (pre-baby, with baby, post-baby or no baby). ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

 

Here are some things I’ve noticed since making prenatal yoga a ritual in my life over the past few months:

  • If I do it right before bed, my sleep improves tremendously. If I do it with Audri, our bond strengthens and she feels included/loved.
  • It instantly reduces my stress and anxiety.
  • It helped me overcome my first trimester depression which I talk a little bit about in this post.
  • My shortness of breath doesn’t come as often anymore, because I’ve been practicing deep breathing exercises.
  • It’s a fun way to connect with baby Averi!

 

As my pregnancy continues, I expect that yoga will better prepare me for childbirth.ย It already helps me focus on opening up for labor instead of being scared and tense.

Not to mention, I will be stronger, more flexible, and I’ll have more endurance!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you are encouraged to listen and respect your health needs, because you are worth it!

Photography Bryan Grayson

Jan 19, 2019 | Fitness, Mindfulness
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