Pregnancy and postpartum are times of massive physical change, some of which may feel welcome… and some of which most definitely may not. The language of “getting in shape,” “staying in shape,” and “getting my body back,” so frequently used to talk about pregnant and postpartum bodies, implies that women are in control of what’s happening in their bodies— or if they aren’t, they should be. And that’s just not true. Pregnant and postpartum bodies are constantly changing, and need to be. When we really accept and allow that truth, then we can find ways of encouraging our bodily health and strength and resilience and well-being in ways that also serve our minds and spirits. In this article on the Tune Up Fitness blog, two other Yoga Tune Up(R) teachers and I share tips on how to embody your body during and after pregnancy.
Pop quiz: Define the diaphragm. Describe its shape, location, and function, and explain how it relates to overall health and well-being.
How did you do? If you’re like most of us, not so well! But the diaphragm is a muscle that is worth getting to know better, as it can help unlock access to your rest-digest-repair parasympathetic nervous system and be a tool for self-calming and clearer thinking.