I've been an avid yogi for over 14 years. It all started when I was a sophomore in college, the day I found out it was "Madonna's go-to exercise." Little did I know it would become life-transforming and a significant part of my daily routine. I give yoga credit for helping me get through medical school and some of the hardest days of my life. I became a 200-hour registered teacher in 2011 while I was finishing up medical school; I intended to teach, but being a busy resident and attending physician didn't leave me much time. Instead, I simply enjoyed doing yoga on my own and deepening my practice as much as I could.
When I got pregnant I knew that my rigorous Ashtanga Vinyasa practice would have to change as my body changed. I am now enjoying a slower, softer, and even more mindful practice. Don't get me wrong, I still get a good sweat in, but I'm engaging different muscles and concentrating on different parts of my body better than I did before. My arms have gotten stronger as well as my lower body. I still start off with my sun salutations but I'm making adjustments and not compromising my belly or form for the poses. I am resting more, staying even more hydrated, and honoring my body. I still get to enjoy my inversions, back bends, and intense balancing poses. I am a little more careful than I was before, but also practicing regularly for 14 years gives me the confidence to know what I can and can't do.
There are some adjustments that need to be made so you can enjoy a safe and healthy practice. Here are five of them that you'll want to make when you become pregnant: