I wrote this a few days ago, but pressed the wrong button and didn’t publish it… Oopsie!
Fact of the day:
I’m moving all over the place now, but you may not feel me yet because I’m so small.
Right you are, little one. I still haven’t felt any movement down there although within the past two days, the belly has gone past the point of “slightly bloated” and moved into the realm of “preggers.” I’m hoping my recent online maternity order arrives soon.
One of my friends told me yesterday that I carry myself differently now, and that it was really sweet to see. She couldn’t elaborate much on that, but I suppose I could speculate that I may seem a little more serene or pensive.
After I finished writing yesterday, I practiced. I was tired of my own excuses. It was a brief practice, but it felt good to breathe and escape my thoughts for a while. I skipped the balancing standing poses and just practiced up to baddha konasana. Backbends and dropbacks have been feeling quite strange lately, as if there isn’t enough skin around my abdomen to allow the bend to take place. I don’t bother walking my hands in towards my ankles as that seems way out of my realm right now.
A word on modifications… I’ve been stepping back instead of jumping back, and I’m not as diligent about my jump-throughs, I just make sure I land softly. I leave my legs slightly apart in forward folds, and I don’t stretch 100% in any of the poses anymore. In Parivrittta Parsvakonasana, I rest my left hand on my right knee, and reach my right arm back to grab my left thigh. In Marichiasana C and D, I bind the same way as in A and B, and then twist to the opposite direction, as it feels incredibly uncomfortable to shove my knee into my belly when I attempt the correct pose. In Pasasana, I squat with my legs wider, and wrap around one knee, as per another pegnant ashtangi’s advice. I skip Shalabasana A through Parsva Dhanurasana. And I no longer reach ankles in Kapotasana. I don’t even try. I’m happy to grab the toes, and attempt to find some grace and softness in the pose and in my breath. And I feel that belly stretching.
I’ve been skipping Supta Vajrasana, but what’s new… I rarely attempt that pose at home anymore. I haven’t attempted Bakasana B in quite a long time, it just seems out of reach. Maybe I’ll try it one of these days, but I’ve just been repeating Bakasana A instead. I don’t have a problem with Bharadvajrasana, but haven’t quite figured out what to do about Ardha Matsyendrasana. Right now I just don’t twist very far into the pose or I just skip it when I’m feeling tender.
When I’m very tired, I skip a few vinyasas between sides.
If anyone else has any suggestions or experiences, please share! I found along the way that there are so many differing opinions on what is appropriate and what is not that I ended up forging my own way with my own levels of comfort.