Prior to pregnancy I was an extremely active yogi. I would be on my mat at least 5 days a week, if not more!
Once my belly started to make an appearance I found that my normal practice needed some modifications. No more tiger's pose, belly-up core, or twists! Along with the modifications, I noticed my body feeling drastically different moving through a flow. My joints hurt, my pelvic floor felt heavy, and my belly started to get in the way of my "graceful" flow, lol.
Around month 5 of my pregnancy is when I realized I needed to frequent pre-natal yoga classes more-so than my standard Vinyasa or Sculpt. This was hard for me because for me. Yoga means to me, leaving drenched in sweat. Doing a gentle practice was the last thing I wanted to do. None the less, I gave in and took my first pre-natal class and fell in love.
I was lucky enough to have been friends with my instructor, Katrina Van Tassell, prior to taking her class. I knew she was talented but it wasn't until I experienced her pre-natal that I realized what a special gift she has. Katrina's pre-natal yoga offers more than movement. Her guiding words connect you with your growing baby along with preparing your body & breath for labor.
I want every mamma-to-be to experience Katrina's gift so I spent some time interviewing her:
How did you get into teaching Pre-nantal yoga?
Teaching prenatal yoga is very special to me! The first yoga class I ever took was when my momma was pregnant with me! She had the urge to start doing yoga during her pregnancy. She fell in love and went on to be a teacher herself. I grew up doing some yoga with my mom but really got into it during college and went on to become a teacher. Though I teach a few different styles of yoga, I have an especially deep connection with prenatal yoga and my students. It fills my heart to the brim being in a room of strong, powerful, glowing goddesses. Women have a special energy that shines through when they are pregnant. Being able to help them channel that on their mat is a really powerful moment to be apart of.
What are the best poses for pregnant women to practice? And any poses to avoid in their practice? Additional advice?
The best advice I can give is to listen to your body. When you roll out your mat sit for a minute with both hands on your belly and really listen to what your body is craving. It knows best! Lots of women enjoy hip openers like badha konasana (sitting with soles of the feet together and knees wide), child's pose the the knees wide, prasarita (straddle legs) forward fold. Taking standing poses like warrior two or triangle with your back against the wall can also feel very healing and supportive. Take downward dog and forward folds with the feet wide, outer hip distance apart. Set yourself up with lots of props. Use blocks under your hands whenever you can. Sit on a bolster or a blanket. During pregnancy the ligaments are softer than usual and muscles tend to be more open, so don't feel like you always need to go to your edge. Avoid deep twists, lying on your belly, and lying directly on your back. Take savasana propped on a bolster or on your left side in a fetal position. But most importantly just breathe:) Be in the moment with your baby and your body, and listen to what it wants. Even talk you your baby! Spend some time enjoying the special bond you two are creating together.
Where can yogis take your class(pre-natal and normal yoga)? Do you take any private clients for pre-natal?
Yogis can find me teaching at Buddhi Yoga, Akasha Yoga, Bird Rock Yoga, and EOS! Though I don't have any regular prenatal classes at the moment, I love doing private classes with prenatal students. It really gives the student an opportunity to work on areas in their body that need some love and attention. Every body is different during pregnancy, so yoga won't be a “one size fits all” kind of practice either. I build a client's classes specifically for the client and her baby’s needs. Private classes also give me the opportunity to do more hands on adjustments and assists that can really help the student find release and relax more into the poses. Students can find me at KatrinaRaeYoga.com or email me at KatrinaRaeYoga@gmail.com.
I'm so excited to be hosting this Beauty Brunch with San Diego's best lash artist, Lashes & Paws! Yipppie! Please join us by RSVP'ing to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer is in full swing! What's a pregnant girl to do with her bump though?!
At risk of sounding like a complete lush, I have to share that most of my summertime activities prior to pregnancy would revolve around bar hopping along the boardwalk or sipping on a beer on a patio.
This summer I have taken to some new adventures that don't involve patio hopping on the boardwalk. Although, any friends that join sure can!
Check out these 5 options:
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Mission Bay:
A great workout and fun way to sun your bump. Don't forget your Beautycounter sunscreen!
Hiking Torrey Pines:
Bring your sweetheart or grab a few girlfriends for this beautiful hike that has trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The hike is a great way to get outdoors and get a good sweat on for you and your bump.
I love Torrey Pines hiking trails because you could go everyday and have a completely different experience.
San Diego brings you an opportunity to shop fresh & local by offering a farmer's market in various neighborhoods almost everyday of the week.
By far, my favorite is the grand Little Italy Farmer's Market. You can eat and shop your way through the afternoon as you go up and down several blocks of Little Italy.
PuttPutt at Belmont Park: Nothing is more nostalgic feeling than trying to get a golf ball through the hole of the moving windmill blades at a putt putt course! I recently re-lived childhood memories by playing a round of putt putt at Belmont Park.
Be prepared for some laughs as you try to hit the ball and your tummy (if you're showing) getting in the way! I didn't even try to bend over to pick the ball up out of each hole to avoid any grunting the occurs with the pregnancy bend, lol.
San Diego Fair: Food! Food! Food! Treat yourself for an indulgent afternoon with some guilty fair food pleasures.
Personally, I love pure sugar in the form of a giant cotton candy!
Dry brushing is a new concept to me that I'm testing out to see if I will attain any of the proclaimed benefits. With my pregnancy I have experienced so much change in my body and can see how this simple process can help!
First things first, I purchased a dry brush and cracked open my essential oil kit. The next steps were super easy and therapeutic:
4. Once completed, clean off the brush and jump in the shower.
5. When you're out of the shower, moisturize with a natural oil or lotion like Beautycounter's Body Body in Citrus Mimosa or Body Oil in Citrus Rosemary.
Continue this process at least once daily for 30 days and start seeing a change in your health and body.
I just started my journey and will be posting my results at the end! I'd love to hear if you're doing dry brushing and anything you've experienced in the comments below!
Essential Oil DIY: Scented Sachets ✨ This DIY literally takes less than one minute! The perfect gift for showers, birthdays, you name it! You can find out all the items needed and steps to make this delightful scented gift watching this video! 💐
I find great pleasure in creating a visually appealing meal. This pineapple boat dinner was so easy to make and is healthy to boot!
This meal is great because once you prepare it once, you'll get the gist of things and be able to make substitutions to your liking.
Vegan? No problem! Substitute the BBQ shrimp for BBQ Jackfruit!
Avoiding carbs? Substitute the quinoa for cauliflower rice!
Cut one large pineapple in half from top to bottom.
Take a knife and cut slices into the meaty part of the pineapple, carefully as to not pierce the exterior skin.
Remove the pineapple chunks until you are left with a hallow boat in each pineapple boat. Save these chunks to use for the salsa!
Since the shrimp and salsa are so flavorful, I recommend keeping the quinoa simple. Use any brand of your liking and cook per package directions for approx. 3-4 cups.
Keep Quinoa warm until ready to be placed in pineapple boat.
Easy. Chop all the goods up and mix it together!
Once all the elements of the boat are complete, spoon the shrimp & quinoa in each pineapple boat. Serve with pineapple salsa on the side.
Superfoods that resemble the organs they nourish! How cool is that?! Avocados are rich in folic acid and vitamin B9 amongst other benefits that help with uterine health. Eat up avocado mammas!
Check out the other superfoods on the grid below to see what other foods help the organs they resemble. So cool!
San Diego's @holymatchaa has taken every girly-girl's dream and made it a reality💕. Grab your girlfriends for a cup of matcha and a gluten free matcha donut🍩🍵! Pregnant mammas, no fret, @whattoexpect reports that one cup a day is a-okay for you and baby.🤗
The 1980's movie, Blue Lagoon, has given me a calming feeling about the experience of being pregnant and delivering. Granted, this is a Hollywood depiction of a fictitious scenario. However, I feel it inadvertently gives a fantastic concept of how your body knows what it's supposed to do during these milestone stages of life. Like many women, I bring myself down a dark hole of all the possibilities of things that could go wrong in pregnancy & labor. What it really comes down to is that women have been getting pregnant and delivering without knowing anything about pregnancy/labor before the age of internet. Why can't I simply trust the process and my body to do what nature intends it to do?! 🤗🌊🌴🌺Ps. If you haven't seen this movie yet, add it to your watch list😍❤
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Beautiful With Baby started as a result of owner, Betsy Bennis, experiencing numerous career set-backs in the fashion & beauty industry. Betsy has always had a passion for empowering other women by helping them connect with their inner & outer beauty through fashion, beauty, & personal development.