“Sacred Sounds Yoga” in Greenwich Village!
Two of my friends are certified Yoga instructors. They swear by it. I’ve tried a few times but Yoga never hit me the same way. That is until I tried prenatal yoga. I still feel the urge to sob right now. Took the class about an hour ago. The release of tension was emotional and so relieving.
I’ve heard that prenatal yoga helps with childbirth. I have been so sluggish. I kept putting it off. This past week I was completely winded going up the stairs at my apartment. Then last night I got the most severe charley horse in my calf in the middle of the night. I decided, THAT’S IT I’M GOING TO YOGA.
There’s a beautiful studio off Bleecker street called “Sacred Sounds Yoga.” It’s in Greenwich village.
They are located at 163 Bleecker street, 2nd Floor between Sullivan and Thompson streets.
212-533-YOGA or http://www.sacredsoundsyoga.com
They offer prenatal yoga, aerial yoga, kids yoga, core flow, open flow, candlelit flow, tween and teen flow and many more.
I had no idea what to expect. I first met Tamara at the front desk. She was super sweet and directed me where to go. Once in the room, I met the instructor Juliana. She had the most calming voice. You set up your station with a mat, a pillow, two foam blocks and two blankets.
To start the class Juliana talked about breathing. How the throat connects all the way down through the birth canal. She talked about all the anatomy surrounding childbirth and how to focus on each. She said that pregnancy is like snowflakes. None are the same.
At one point she said something I had yet to hear anyone say, “it’s ok to be sad.”
Do you know how powerful that statement was?
Everytime I express a fear people say, “Awwww stop you’ll be fine.”
Everytime I say I’m bummed missing my girls nights with wine people say, “really who cares you’re having a baby? ”
Finally someone acknowledging that it’s ok to not be 100% happy at all times. I felt like crying right then and there.
Next we each introduced ourselves. We talked about what our bodies were feeling and what we needed to work on. I met a beautiful woman Monica. She’s around the same week as me. It was both our first time at a prenatal yoga class. It felt like a mini mama support group. It was interesting to see what each woman was feeling at different stages of pregnancy.
Then we moved into the stretching and breathing. Juliana explained every step and movement you should feel. She never made us feel rushed. Every time she said I would feel something I did. She helped me connect my heart with the babies heart. Something I hadn’t stopped to do yet. In every new position she referenced each individual need. Some had back pain so she adjusted the pose for them. One girl had the calf pain like I did so she helped us relieve it.
In regards to the charley horse Juliana suggested I drink more water. I definitely don’t drink enough. Afraid to have to pee too often. She explained that the baby takes so much nutrients that if there isn’t enough it will take from our organs and bone marrow. So interesting. I’m currently chugging water.
It was an hour and fifteen minute class that did a world of good for my body and soul. So many times I felt like crying. I’ve been holding back emotions around people. Sean doesn’t understand what I’m feeling. Nor do I expect him to. The hormones make you uber sensitive. I feel like men should take the class too. Maybe help them connect to the breathing.
All I needed was someone to listen and give advice. Juliana helped in so many ways. I walked home breathing better and feeling calm. No shortness of breath on the stairs coming home. Juliana suggested yoga twice a week and swears it will help with childbirth.
If you’re a momma to be, I highly recommend prenatal yoga. Come by and try a class at Sacred Sounds Yoga. Every Tuesday and Friday at 4:15pm and Sunday 9am. They provide the mats so you don’t have to lug yours around. Already looking forward to my next class. I’m gonna tackle this breathing!!!