Backbends instead of pushups

Since I’ve had rather extreme experiences so far with group ex instructors, and I’m still figuring out what my position is on modifying prenatal workouts, I’ve been spending more time hiking, kayaking, and swimming this summer than practicing yoga. I go through phases like this once in a while, when I step back from the studio and find myself questioning, what did I really get out of my practice? Is the studio where I want to be spending my time?

Well, my body has answered those questions for me, in the form of lower back pain, really tight hamstrings, and irritability.

Time to get back into down dog. 

I tried a new teacher, and, praise be, her response to my baby bump didn’t rub me the wrong way or make me feel like I was on the verge of shattering into a million pieces. Some of the modifications she had me do:

Twist the other way

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This one I’ve seen on the internets and even in classes; you twist the other direction, so you’re opening, rather than twisting. It’s kind of funny looking at everyone else, but the woman next to me was really friendly and smiled every time we turned toward each other, so that made it less awkward.

prenatal yoga modifications

Camel during vinyasas

I can still sort of fudge my way through a vinyasa; I usually do knees-chest-chin instead of a full chaturanga, but putting any pressure on my stomach gives me an instant, instinctual, THIS IS WEIRD! reaction, so my vinyasas have been… a little unconventional. She suggested for some of them, I come to my knees from plank and into camel, then rejoin the class in down dog. She explained that you get a similar heart opening as in updog, without the chance of belly-floor contact.

That’s a modification I hadn’t seen before, and I loved—camel is one of my favorite poses anyway, so I was happy to trade my shuffling knees-chest-chin for a glorious, if quick, heart opener.

And the timing couldn’t be more perfect, since today’s prompt for the #liveinprAna challenge is all about backbends. Show us yours!

Tuesday, August 25: Backbends. Any backbends. All backbends. #benditlikebackbend Show us how you get bendy! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: It’s #transformationtuesday y’all, whether you’re bendier than you used to be, more adventurous, or even faster, we want to see! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna


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