Monday, 26 August 2013

365 Handstands- Week 6

Day 36

Day 37

Day 38

Day 39- A quick handstand before we take India out to dinner for her 6th birthday. Little bubba practicing yoga with me.

Day 40

Day 41- Working on my tuck to handstand

Day 42- Enjoying the chest opening wall supported handstand

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Family Yoga

Doing yoga with your children is not only a lot of fun but it can help children to establish a love for moving their bodies and exploring the world through movement. My daughter always loves to join me when I'm doing yoga and we enjoy these impromptu moments more than if I try to give her a more traditional lesson.

A lot of my day is spent with my baby close to me and often I want to move and stretch my body when she is snuggled close to me. The great thing about baby wearing is that it allows you do just about anything while you give your baby that all important attention and care. I like to practice a few balance poses while my baby sleeps but it's important to be sensible and only do what you feel comfortable with.

I had a fun and playful yoga session with my girls and it left me feeling full of energy. Here's a few of the highlights.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Monday, 12 August 2013

Friday, 9 August 2013

Postnatal Yoga

With all the new demands, postnatal yoga is not about setting aside your normal one hour session everyday to be alone in you practice. Often five minutes to practice is a blessing. We need to let go of the attachment to our old practice and incorporate yoga into everyday moments. Moving your body purposefully in those spare moments will bring the benefits of a longer practice without needing to organise a solid block of uninterrupted time.

Here are a few of my favourites for these early postnatal weeks and months.

Plank pose was made for the postnatal mama! It strengthens your arms and wrists which helps you to carry that growing baby around. It also strengthens the abdominals and builds core strength, helping your body to return to its pre-pregnancy state.

Downward dog strengthens the back and relieves tension in the shoulders that is caused from carrying and feeding a baby. It also stretches the backs of the legs and the feet, and calms the brain relieving stress and mild depression that can occur as you get used to the demands of motherhood.

Supta Virasana improves blood flow to the abdomen which aides digestion and can improve the function of the reproductive organs.

Paschimottanasana is a great counter pose to Supta Virasana. It stimulates the liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries making it a great pose for mamas. It is also calming for the mind and reduces fatigue- great if you've had a long night with an unhappy baby.

Child's pose is another favourite for calming the mind. I like extended child's pose as it helps to relieve tension between the shoulder blades. Having your toes tucked under stretches out the bottoms of your feet and toes. 

You can practice this series as individual poses or if you are blessed with more than a couple of minutes you can practice it as a sequence resting in Child's pose to finish your practice.

Thursday, 8 August 2013


I've been experimenting with juices and I'm really addicted to my daily juice at the moment. I've also been getting into health doco's, here's a link to the trailer for a really great one called Food Matters.

Here's my new favourite juice...

1 cucumber
1 stick of celery
1 apple
1 lemon

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

My Postnatal Body

There is so much hype surrounding women and how quickly they should 'get back into shape' after they give birth. The truth of the matter is that you do put on weight through pregnancy and your body does change and this is completely normal, you need those extra fat stores to establish and sustain healthy breastfeeding while your body recovers from the marathon effort of giving birth. No matter what, physically, mentally and spiritually pregnancy and birth will change you and every pregnancy and birth will be different and bring different learning experiences.

Despite my knowledge of this I must admit that until today I have at times felt a little less than sexy. Half my clothes still don't fit me, I have stretch marks, a round belly, and my hips have disappeared but today I decided to hold my belly with the tender love that I did when I had a baby inside me. And guess what? I was suddenly flooded with a new sense of love and total awe for my beautiful body and its ability to grow and birth another human being.

At a time when women choose to hide their bodies or hit the gym with an unhealthy obsession I'm showing the world my body. I'm choosing to embrace the beauty of my soft round belly and show that even with stretch marks and a bit of extra weight a woman's postnatal body is beautiful.

Monday, 5 August 2013

365 Handstands- Week 3

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17

Day 18

Day 19- Feeling out of balance tonight, using the wall to build strength.

Day 20

Day 21