“Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens. Just wait for the birth, for the the hour of the new clarity.” —Rainer Maria Rilke
For yogis, Rilke’s advice is close to the basic tenet of practice: There is a perpetual orientation of receptivity, as well as an awareness that the cycle of death and rebirth is constant. Yoga takes on both meanings of cleaving—it is a separation and a unification at one time.
The practice of yoga during pregnancy has become increasingly common, and can be incredibly profound for mothers both in their process of connecting to and birthing their baby. We spoke to women at various stages of their pregnancies to learn more about the ways yoga supported them through the process. Read on for a glimpse at how their practices and provided clarity in their transition to motherhood and as their children grow.
Whether I’m on the mat, in my playful Acroyoga practice, sitting in deep meditation or navigating my daily life, it …