How To Get Quality Rest for a Dream Pregnancy

You spend about a third of your life sleeping. If you are fortunate enough to make it to the ripe old age of 90, that’s 30 years asleep! Unless you are a parent. Take off a couple years worth for each kid, and another few months if you were the one who carried and nursed the baby. Sleep, of course, is a hot topic among new parents- maybe the hottest. It starts in pregnancy due to a combination of hormones, stress, and a little one pressing on body parts you didn’t know you had. Here are some tips for getting better rest while you await the birth of your sleep destroyer...er, I mean bundle of joy.

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Lotus Blossom Yoga Welcomes Four New Teachers

Hillary and I love teaching prenatal yoga and wish we could be available to meet the demands of our students who would like to attend weekend and evening classes. Unfortunately, family commitments limit our availability. If only we could clone ourselves! (Even if science could make that possible, I’m not sure I’d be comfortable with that idea, so we will do the next best thing.) Starting Tuesday, September 3, we welcome four wonderful, talented teachers to the Lotus Blossom family: Adrienne, Lisa, Casey, and Rebecca.

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What’s your style?

Looking at the schedule of a yoga studio reveals a plethora of yoga styles: vinyasa, yin, Iyengar, restorative, slow-flow, prenatal….Wait, prenatal?! Is that actually a style of a yoga? It makes sense on a schedule to label a class as prenatal because, of course, it targets a very specific audience. However, prenatal is not in itself a style of yoga. I may be getting into semantics here, but prenatal is really a sub-heading of any style of yoga: A prenatal class may be vinyasa, yin, Iyengar, restorative, or any other style for that matter.

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Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training

Back in the 90’s, when the electronic music scene was big in the Bay Area, it seemed like everyone wanted to be a DJ. There was even a song, “(I Just Want to Be A) Drummer” that listed all the people who wanted to be a DJ: “....my girlfriend wants to be a DJ, my cat wants to be a DJ, my goldfish wants to be a DJ…” Perhaps it just seemed that way because back then that was my social scene and I was DJing.  Now that I’ve been teaching yoga for nearly 15 years, and managing a studio for a decade, it seems like everyone wants to be a yoga teacher. And a majority of yoga studios are capitalizing on this by offering teacher trainings.

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