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#tbt to early March, when we were moving our way through Module Two of Amala's Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. Mini features coming soon from several of these amazing women. For more information on our upcoming 95 hour training for 2018, visit www.amalaprenatalyoga.com
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Finalizing our interview with Graduate Feature, Eva Rich @little.tree.e --------------------------
Q: Do you feel you have the skills to navigate through your postpartum experience?
Eva: Amala’s third module is all about the postpartum body and mind. I loved the openness about postpartum depression/anxiety and “the myth of motherhood,” or the pressures that mothers can feel. We had incredible postpartum support at the hospital and they were very open with us about all of this too, which was refreshing. I’m definitely paying close attention to my needs day to day - making sure I shower, sitz bath it up, eat nourishing foods, and ask for help when I need it. My husband has been amazing, as has our community here, and our biggest obstacle is just receiving all the love without feeling guilty or like a burden. My biggest takeaway from the training in the postpartum sense was the notion that in tribal villages, women had 40 days to heal and the whole village would come to take care of them. So I find myself resting, processing, healing, being in awe of the whole experience, being vs. doing (though feedings can feel like doing! ha) This time is so precious. I’m just trying to soak it all in and not be sad that time is already passing quickly.
I believe in something my doula told me which is that this child will be my greatest teacher. She will guide me :)
Learn more about Prenatal Yoga and how it supports women not only during pregnancy, but in preparation for labor and beyond. The Pregnant Practice workshops are coming up in September and October. 95 hour Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training is approaching in 2018. Visit www.amalaprenatalyoga.com for more information
Part 10 of Amala's interview with Eva Rich @little.tree.e -----------------------
Q: How did your training from Amala prepare you for childbirth?
Eva: Well I can tell you right now, on a practical level, it’s why we hired a doula. It’s why we chose a midwife. It’s why my “birth intentions” looked the way they did. Amala taught me that I had a voice and that I could stand up to the system, if I wanted to. Prior to the training, I seriously had no clue. And the education it gave me allowed me to educate my husband and bring awareness to things that he was in the dark about. I know he was grateful that I had taken the training. It empowered us to ask questions, to challenge, to do research, to know our options...and we were over the moon about our birth experience. I’m super emotional about all of it and I know I always will be; it was so beautiful and we are so grateful to our birth team and the postpartum support we had. It makes me emotional about the work that Cassie & Lela are doing too. It is so valuable, and so much more than a yoga teacher training.
Part 9 of our Amala's interview with Eva Rich @little.tree.e -------------------------
Q: What is your biggest takeaway from the training?
Eva: One thing Lela said that has stuck with me was, “allow your definition of strength to evolve.” I love everything about this - for both prenatal and non-prenatal students. What are the limits we create for ourselves? What are the definitions we create in stone? What would it look like if we made them with clay? If we held space to modify and change depending on how we are right now vs. some fixed idea of how we think we should be? We live in a world where people are so hard on themselves, rigidly trying to conform to meet their self-created definitions. There is a collective softening that needs to happen and it can only begin from within each person. It’s like that courage quote: “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”” Allow yourself to roar on days when roaring feels good. But don’t get stuck in thinking that roaring means you are strong and anything less is failure. There is great strength in vulnerability and asking for help. We are all constantly evolving and the more we change with the changes (without judgement on our past or pressure on our future) the more brilliantly we will shine.
Amala's Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training is set to begin January 25th, 2018. As a participant in Amala's 95 hour program, you will learn how to design meaningful classes to teach your pregnant and postpartum students relevant yoga philosophy, pranayama, asana and meditation. Visit www.amalaprenatalyoga.com for more information about the program as well as application information.
Amala Graduate, Eva @little.tree.e, talks about our training in the next part of our interview -------------------------
Q: How has Amala’s training affected your teaching?
Eva: I really respect Amala’s teaching principles so I like to structure my prenatal classes the way in which I was taught. This includes a community component in the beginning of class, followed by a well-balanced practice that leaves room for moms to make the practice their own, ultimately leading them back to their own inner teacher. Amala helped me add an educational and therapeutic component to my teaching and also helped specify my language. I’ll also say, I’ve taught many things I learned from the training to non-prenatal students and it is just as beneficial. It equipped me with a whole new set of tools for my toolbox and made me a stronger, more confident, more versatile teacher.