And it was awesome!
There is something very cool about being surrounded by a lot of baby bumps as you complete an hour of practice. Being relatively early in my pregnancy, I also felt the need to complete the most challenging of the poses, as the mom next to me was 39 weeks and crushing it. Truly, it blew my mind.
But, more than anything, I think that yoga class reminded me how powerful having people around is– how important it is to surround yourself with others full of energy, with people who can make you feel like “I can do this.”
At my studio, each class begins with a check-in, and to me (the girl who thinks everyone would benefit from therapy) this was such a cool element to add to a class! The women in this room shared what they were feeling, most laughing but also willing to share their anxieties and frustrations, their realities of work and family and life. I absolutely loved it.
As someone who was new to my city, I knew I didn’t have deep relationships with these women. But, I so appreciated everyone willing to sit in that circle and share how they were doing, to listen and graciously receive what everyone else shared. I feel like those small nuanced moments are how a sense of belonging and shared-experience can start. These women all live very separate lives, but a couple times each week they come together on the mat to share and stretch. And I won’t lie, Shavasana has never felt as good as it does pregnant!
I would encourage you to see what you can find in your city. I scoured Meet-ups and Google, and finally found this gem. I hope you find one as well.