Usha Anandi. 27 | JANUARY | 2020
The way you move your body during a movement practice entrains it to move through life in a certain way.
The way you practice is the way you live.
After working in the field of birth for years, I have seen the first-hand immense wisdom, primal instinct, and sheer power that pregnant people contain within them.
One of the things that drives me insane is the widespread belief that during pregnancy mothers are fragile, delicate beings that should walk around the world fearful of everything in order to protect themselves and their babies.
I mean come on, they are about to face one of the most courageous initiations in life – why are we treating them like they’re fragile?
Mothers don’t need to be surrounded by unsolicited advice, horror stories, or projections during their pregnancy – they deserve a safe, sacred, and masterfully guided space that reminds them of their POWER.
That’s why I’ve spent years developing and fine-tuning our world-renowned 85-Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, to provide accessible, revolutionary education for the yoga teachers, doulas, midwives, nurses, doctors, childbirth educators, mothers, and truly ANYONE who feels called to support mothers on their journey.
Before I share with you my top 5 poses for an empowered pregnancy, let’s talk about what an ‘empowered’ pregnancy means.
Many births in our modern world are driven by a highly medicalized, intervention-based, money-making system. We only need to watch this amazing movie to understand how our medical care for mothers and baby has shifted in the last one hundred and fifty years.
Humanity exists today because of one simple fact – womxn give birth.
Our bodies are infused with a primal intelligence that is often misunderstood and forgotten by our modern medical system.
To have an empowered pregnancy means to be equipped with the education and emotional support to make an informed decision as to what is best for the Mother and baby.
An empowered pregnancy means giving yourself permission to cultivate a sense of presence in a place that exists beyond the fear, judgment, and projections of the modern medical system.
It means knowing that your birth is uniquely yours. That no book, doctor, midwife, friend, or relative can ever explain to you how your birth will be. It means facing the fact that no one can ‘deliver’ your baby for you – that your body is equipped with all the wisdom, knowledge, and instinctual knowing it needs.
It means courageously opening up to the unknown – because even in the most modern and technologically advanced care, we never know how birth is going to go.
What we practice, we become.