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Musings from Eva Balistrieri, 2017 Trainee

As a woman in my mid twenties, with basically zero knowledge of how my body works and how it will adapt to one day carry a child, I was curious, and figured I owed it to myself to learn more. With my newfound love of Ashtanga, however, I was also slightly skeptical. I had heard several stories of women continuing their practice well into the third trimester, headstand & all, with modifications (mainly the common sense ones; no deep twists, wider stance, no jumping, always make room for the baby...) Would this training conflict too much with Ashtanga, leading me away from the practice I finally connected to? Is prenatal yoga something you can use common sense/intuition for, or is there a method? Basically - would this be worth it? Unequivocally, yes...
— http://www.evaloubal.com/musings/part-one-of-my-prenatalpostnatal-teacher-training
Either it’s great irony or it’s the universe guiding me into new waters —but if you would have told me even six months ago that I would be a) doing a prenatal/postnatal teacher training and b) that I would have the opportunity to be in attendance for my best friend’s birth, I would not have believed you. Up until this point, childbirth, for me, was shrouded in mystery. I think it is for most people, until you either go through it or seek the resources. The reality is that there are so many stories, and so many options; so many unknowns and so many misconceptions about what takes place “behind the door.”...
— http://www.evaloubal.com/musings/part-two-yoga-childbirth