I love taking yoga at Power Life. I love teaching yoga at Power Life even more. But a few weeks ago (9 weeks, to be exact) — I found out that I was pregnant. And let me tell you, the emotions were immediate, from excitement to overwhelm and pretty much everything in between.
After I finally processed those feelings, I started to think about my yoga practice. I wondered if I could still teach or be a student of yoga. The answer is of course, with some adjustments.
If you just found out you’re pregnant and are wondering what comes next, read on to hear more about my experience!
Talk To Your Doctor
This is number one on the importance level. Every body is different (you should know this by now if you listen to your teachers’ themes with open ears and an open heart) and there’s really no blanket response for what is good for a pregnant woman.
For example, after talking to my doctor she recommended that I not only stop taking hot yoga, I stop teaching it as well. If you’ve read my other blog posts, you know that I have other medical issues that are a concern, so adding heat to my practice just wasn’t a safe move.
The good news? We offer more than just heated classes! Our Power 1 classes are set to 85 degrees and Restore is completely unheated. During the summer, you can sneak into a Power Barre or Power Sculpt class at X degrees as well!
I’m also still taking online classes, where I can be in charge of my own heat and take breaks when and if I need them. It’s a huge blessing that this is still a part of the Power Life experience in my opinion.
But there are plenty of teachers and students at Power Life that stay in the heat throughout their pregnancy. Because of this: Your doctor should be your first stop. Everything else comes secondary to that opinion.
The only person with an opinion as important to your doctor is yourself. Your body is going to tell you what feels good and what feels bad when it comes to physical practice.
It’s important that you take it easy at the start until you understand your capabilities—and it’s crucial to understand that you might not be able to do what you did when you weren’t pregnant, and that’s OK! In fact, that’s the beauty of it.
When you come to your first class as a pregnant woman, take time to be gentle to yourself and explore your practice as if it was your first time. You might find yourself in a child’s pose more or realize that maybe an extra moment in Wide Legged Forward Fold just feels right.
Whatever your new practice is, embrace it.
If you do go to a class at Power Life when you are pregnant, make sure you tell your teacher beforehand!
Just like you’d tell them if you recently had knee surgery, it’s important that they’re aware of your medical conditions so they can help provide the safest practice for you and your babe.
He or she will offer alternative poses for things that might not feel good or be safe in your new body. For example, instead of Low Cobra pose, they might recommend another heart opener, like Cow Pose, that doesn’t involve laying on your stomach.
If you’re new in your pregnancy and not yet announcing to the world yet, you can ask for those alternative poses at the beginning of class. If you’re clearly showing, a teacher will likely just provide it verbally in the moment as needed.
Take it from me: It’s just nice having another person worried about your wellbeing, even if it’s just for an hour in a studio. Don’t be afraid to ask for their support in class.
Your body is going through a massive transformation. Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Taking care of yourself should be your number-one priority during this time.
Here are a few of the ways I’m (trying) to do that for myself:
(I’d love to hear how you, or someone you loved, took care of themselves when pregnant! I’m looking for all the recommendations I can get.)
At the end of the day, it can feel really weird to change your entire routine and stop doing some of the things you loved doing before pregnancy, like drinking wine while watching the Bachelorette. But, it’s only for nine months!
So make sure you do everything possible to make yourself feel comfortable, supportive, and successful during your pregnancy.
I promise: The studio will be waiting for you when you’re a new mom.
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Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life.
Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.
Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters.
Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.
We validate parking for THREE garages in the area!
Two Light garage located directly north of the studio. Please bring your ticket inside for validation.
Three Light garage at Main and Truman. Garage entrance on Truman. Please bring your ticket inside for a validation sticker.
Power & Light garage at 13th and Grand. Please ask for a parking pass at the studio front desk. (Hot tip: the Power & Light garage has a ton of space! But be sure to give yourself a little extra time to walk to the studio.)
If you find that you are running a couple minutes late due to parking, please call the studio to let the instructor know to wait for you before locking the doors.
We have partnered with our friends at Greenslate to provide 1 hour and 15 minute validated parking for Power Life students in the lot at 36th and Harney (just south of the Cottonwood Hotel). Read below to learn how to take advantage of this perk:
Step 1: Scan the QR code located in the lot.
Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).
Step 3: Ask for the validation code at the Blackstone studio front desk and enter it on your phone.
Step 4: You are all set! Have fun at class!
The validation provided by Power Life and Greenslate is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Need to add additional time to your parking space? You can do that conveniently from your phone!
This option is valid once per day per license plate.
There is a paved lot and gravel lot on the West side of the building.
Meters on Court and 4th (by Peace Tree) for $0.25/hour, 9am-9pm Mon. – Sat. 12-hour max
Meters on 4th (to the North) for $1.25/hour. Mon – Sat. 4-hour max.
All meters are free on Sundays and major holidays.