If you’ve practiced yoga during pregnancy, what’s your main reason? How has it benefited you most?Nicole teaches prenatal yoga at Alluem and has been practicing since 1998 after spending 15 years of her youth as a modern and ballet dancer, instructor and choreographer. She became certified through YogaWorks, which also introduced her to prenatal yoga. Once she had the experience of two yoga-filled pregnancies herself, she connected more deeply with a desire to support women through their childbearing years - helping them feel great in their bodies and enjoy the journey of motherhood. She received specialized training in prenatal and postnatal yoga through the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC. Through this training, Nicole refueled her vision for a world where more women are having conscious births, wherein they are knowledgeable about their bodies, inspired to trust their intuitive wisdom and able to recognize their own power to choose and participate actively in the unfolding of their birth experience. Nicole's prenatal classes offer expectant mothers a balanced and safe practice designed to help release stress and anxiety, relieve typical aches and pains of pregnancy and cultivate strength and confidence for birth and beyond. She is eternally grateful for the numerous teachers, students and her family who have illuminated the path for exploring her never ending inquiries of the mind and the heart. She is honored to be part of the Alluem Family and to share the gift of yoga!
Whether you have tried yoga or not, come on in to the studio for a prenatal class on Thursday nights at 7:00pm or Saturdays at 12:15pm! All levels and stages of pregnancy welcome!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
"Sit up straight. Get your head off the desk. Feet on the floor. Stop rocking your chair. Sit still." These are the words I heard day in and day out at school. We're taught that in order to learn and be focused, we must be still. Not true. We all learn and absorb material differently. Some of us are visual learners, some auditory, some kinesthetic. Me, I'm a kinesthetic learner...hands on! I needed to move and touch and experience. Tell a kinesthetic learner to sit still and that's all they learn...they learn to put a ridiculous amount of energy into staying still, that they don't hear a word the teacher is saying. Who benefits there?
So, let's try some chair yoga you can do right in school that may not be as crazy as the pose to the left, but is subtle enough to help the kinesthetic learners focus.
Ground Your Feet - Sit up straight feet with feet flat on the floor. As you inhale, push your right foot into the floor, exhale release. Inhale, push the left foot into the floor, exhale release. Keep going nice and slow. The breath calms and the pushing of the foot is so subtle you barely see movement, but brings focus.
Seated Twist - Time for a break? Take a twist! Reach the left arm across the body and hook the right arm onto the back of a chair. Inhale sit up taller, exhale twist. (Be sure not to do this during a test.) And switch sides.
Seated Cat n' Cow - Hands on the knees, inhale open the heart and arch the back. Look up for Seated Cow Pose. Exhale round and almost push into the knees for Seated Cat Pose. Keep going for a couple rounds.
Eagle Legs - Gotta move those feet, but can't go far? Wrap them up! Lift the right leg up and over the left thigh. Keep the right foot going and wrap it around the left calf. While you're all twisted squeeze the muscles, hold and then release. Feel a fresh flow of blood right into the legs and feet!
Take 5 Breath - Feeling anxious before a test or maybe you just aren't understanding what the teacher is talking about? Don't panic. Take 5. Place one hand on your thigh under your desk and tap your fingers out to the count of 5 as you inhale. Pause and then exhale out counting backwards from 5 tapping it out on your thigh.
Then of course, there are plenty of fun ways to use a chair within our yoga practice,
that we may not be able to do in school, but grab a chair at home and get to stretching!
Don't forget to throw in a round of Musical Chair Yoga!