Yoga for pregnancy: my first session

“Don’t get me wrong, I love yoga! But my first pre-natal yoga experience was just awful.”

Pregnancy Yoga | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

I went to my first session this weekend. To be honest, I’m quite disappointed. I mean, yes, I expected to do a lot of breathing exercises, but I thought there was going to be a lot of stretching as well. Maybe it’s just me; I’m a beginner at pregnancy yoga after all. But the session that I went to didn’t leave me feeling amazing or revitalise (which is so unlike all the yoga sessions I’ve been to before I was pregnant). It certainly didn’t relieve any tensions in my muscles; in fact, it made my lower back pain worst (which, again, never happened before). The studio itself wasn’t great – it was dirty and didn’t have a relaxing feel to it. Anyway, I didn’t feel good. There are quite a few more other places that offer pre-natal yoga in my area; I’m going to try another one next weekend and I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, I found this YouTube video and the routine looks pretty good – I might just try it out before the weekend.

Pregnancy massage

“Pregnant? Treat yourself to a nice pregnancy massage. Your body will thank you afterwards.”

Pregnancy Massage | www.angeliquelee.co.uk | Jour Sarah/commons.wikimedia.org (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spa_Picture.jpg)

Don’t underestimate what pregnancy can do to your body. I’d like to think that I’m quite fit – I mean, I do yoga every week and I cycle to work everyday. Still, my body aches, my muscles hurt and I’m constantly feeling tired; most nights, I’m in bed by 10pm, and even then, I rarely get a good night sleep. So, I’ve decided to give pregnancy massage a go. I love getting a massage. I used to go at least twice a month. I don’t know why I stopped (let’s just blame my hectic work schedule, or maybe I’m just downright lazy), but it’s a habit that I really want to get back into. I mean, everyone needs a ‘pampering me’ time every now and then, right? I just have to make that effort of calling the centre, booking for an appointment and actually go. Anyway, the pregnancy massage – I’m lucky because there’s a centre that offers it not too far away from where I live, and it’s really good! The price is a bit steep: £48 for 60 minutes and £68 for 90 minutes, but it’s worth every penny; my therapist was amazing, I felt so relax and rejuvenated afterwards. I’m definitely going back. If you live around the area, try them out: Greenwich Natural Health Centre, 70 Royal Hill, London SE10 8RF. I think you won’t be disappointed. They don’t just do pregnancy massage, they offer many other therapies as well.

Disclosure: this is a non-sponsored post; all opinions are completely my own based on my personal experience.