I have been on the fence about doing the Energy Makeover since I was in my second trimester of pregnancy at the beginning of this year. I finally decided to join, but not necessarily for the reasons you would think. (I mean, ok, I do want to get stronger and eat better and if weight loss is a by-product, then who am I to complain?)
1) It Will Help Reduce Injuries
What?? You may be thinking - won't it potentially cause more injuries? Potentially. But yogis love to lay in their joints. They love to sink into their hip joints in pigeon. They may mistakenly sink into their shoulder joint during side plank. You get the picture.
This is why, contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of yoga injuries. When you lay/sink into a muscle joint, ligaments may stretch. Ligaments are not meant to stretch and because they lack blood flow, they do not heal very quickly. (Think the infamous ACL injuries many athletes suffer from.)
The Energy Makeover will help build muscles that are weak - especially those areas around the joint - and therefore reduce the likelihood of injuries.
2) It Will Identify Muscular Imbalances
We all have them. We are more dominant one side and therefore, stronger on one side. Identifying muscle imbalances is important because it will allow you to strengthen that weaker side. And you guessed it, help reduce injuries (see #1).
3) But What About My Flexibility?
What about it? I think it will indirectly increase my flexibility because it will actually allow me to identify those tight (vs weak) muscles and actually create a yoga sequence that will address those muscles.
So there you have it. A yogi's perspective on the Energy Makeover. I will try to post weekly updates on my progress (i.e. likely pics of me lying in a pool of sweat). To learn more about the Energy Makeover, click here. To learn more about Anne Matthews, creator of the Energy Makeover, fertility focused acupuncturist, personal trainer and all around awesome lady, click here. You can also find her on Instagram at @energytreeanne.
As a yoga teacher, it was almost a given that I would practice yoga while pregnant. I naively thought I would be able to continue my vinyasa flow style practice with modifications to accommodate my growing belly. HOWEVER, that was definitely not the case. I did practice throughout my pregnancy my practice was so different in each of the trimesters.
Poses where you can’t go wrong during all trimesters pregnancy:
While everyone is different, practicing yoga during pregnancy helped me stay somewhat energized, kept my weight in check (I gained about 30lbs – however my son arrived 3 weeks early so keep that in mind!) and really helped calm some of the anxiety that can come with pregnancy. You really can’t go wrong!
Note: Please consult your OB and/or midwife prior to starting any exercise routine (yoga included!)
If you want to learn more, I will be teaching a 5-week prenatal series at Liberty Life Yoga starting September 30th! For more info, please contact email@example.com