You can practice in your oldest joggers with leaky nipples, in your own bedroom, anytime (yes!). “For me, my daily yoga practice is about how I feel, and I love to separate how I feel on the inside with how I look on the outside,” says Kat Farrants, founder of online yoga company, Movement for Modern Life. “So often public classes seem full of people obsessed with how they look. The tricky thing is, we are conditioned to experience our bodies based on how we think people experience us – and that distances us from really truly living in our own skin.” Given the profound nature of childbirth, and the impact it can have on our physical selves, it’s more important than ever NOT to put pressure on ourselves based upon how we look.
1) No one cares about how you look
The gauntlet run that is ‘getting a newborn baby up, dressed, clean, fed and out of the house’ is a nightmare some days. Take the pressure off by giving yourself an afternoon of yoga, without having to leave the house. “I have no idea who on earth has 90 minutes to do a class, plus the to and fro to get to there, and of course, just as you plan your day around one class, suddenly your little one needs to nap, be fed, changed or picked up off the floor after an epic tantrum, and there go all your best-made plans for the entire day!” says Kat Farrants. “It’s so much easier to just choose a class at home where you can be in control of your timetable! As we are increasingly aware, self-care is an absolute essential for you and your family – it allows you to be your brightest, best self and to make the best decisions for you and your baby, and that’s only possible if you nourish yourself with healthy choices which are easy to fit into your life.”
5) It takes the pressure off of leaving the house