For 2016 we are honoring a yogi from our community every month. This July we invited Claudia Reich to demonstrate our pose, Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose), and share her yoga journey. Namaste, Claudia!
Your daily practice throughout your pregnancy has inspired us, and we can’t wait to meet your daughter, Clara Lucia!
I still remember the beginning of my yoga story: it was a Saturday morning in Philadelphia and I arrived late at the studio, dehydrated and imbalanced.
I quickly learned that in regards to yoga I was never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again.
After practicing yoga in Philadelphia for about 3 years, I moved to NYC to begin a new chapter in life with my husband. I searched for balance again but was not successful; something inside me had changed and I was in need of a different type of yoga.
After almost a year of being absent from the room, a friend of mine invited me to Yoga 216. Being in the studio quickly became a daily practice.
Once again did it run true that it was never too late to get back into the room. Not only did I find it physically invigorating, but I was able to connect the balance of mind, body and spirit. Those walks from the subway to the studio were cleansing and meditative just in time to get in the room and really work on my practice.
A year quickly rolled by and in October 2015, I found out that I was pregnant. The room and the studio family helped me in every step of my pregnancy.
The prenatal classes gave me the infrastructure to be able to adjust my daily practice. Movement meditation helped with getting my mind ready for the changes happening in my body, establishing a relationship with the baby and preparing for labor and post-partum.
I still remember Naomi, the prenatal teacher, giving me all the tips to deal with the nausea during my first trimester. I also received guidance on the Yoga Birth Method and how it would help me in having a peaceful, well-intentioned birth at the hospital.
I was not alone in my pregnancy either! Nicole, the studio owner, was also pregnant and our due dates were two days apart; we shared stories, lessons and experiences.
Never have nine months gone by so quickly! Soon enough I woke up to my membranes breaking, and immediately all the lessons I had practiced in the studio became second nature.
I practiced yoga and breathing techniques for each part of the early, active and transitional labor.
This studio was vital in helping me deliver the baby after a 32 hour labor and in dealing with all of the changes that quickly ensue with a birth.
I am so thankful of my experience and how the studio supported it each step of the way—it was perfect.