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So I am four weeks post-partum and still really sore from the physical exertion of labor. My lower back (with two bulged disks), hips and shoulders are very specific problem areas that are very tight and irritated. I am STILL taking Ibuprofin two or three times a day to manage pain, and really need to strengthen my body again, so I decided to stop being lazy and start doing yoga again.

Before I got pregnant and during the first trimester I had been doing yoga four or five times a week at they gym while E played in the daycare area. It was wonderful. Unfortunately the gym daycare area does not accept newborns so I need to come up with another way to get my yoga in. I found some free yoga zone classes on hulu and decided to try the 30 minute gentle yoga class.

Here is how it went:

Get baby to fall asleep at boob and put him in the swing, thinking that it would be ideal since you can see him while you practice.

Turn swing classical music on to keep him quiet.

Start video and let it play through the commercial while digging out sad neglected yoga mat from closet.

Dig toddler out of closet and drag her into the living room.

Unroll yoga mat.

Toddler goes and stomps all over yoga mat because it is fun to stomp on things when you are wearing one shoe. It makes different noises when you stomp on something with one bare foot and one shoed foot, don’t you know?

Baby wakes up because he hates laying on his back right after he eats (gassey little man).

Lay baby in basinette on his tummy and get him back to sleep. Worry constantly about your baby sleeping on his stomach in the other room while you are doing yoga.

Sit on yoga mat and start the opening sun salutations.

Toddler laughs at you and starts lifting up her arms and putting them down while panting, mocking you and your deep relaxing breaths.

Try not to laugh. You are supposed to be relaxing!

Laugh because your toddler just started tickling your upraised arms.

Get toddler hug.

Do childs pose while your child sits on your hair demanding you put on her other shoe. Why she cant do this her self we will never know since she put on her other shoe with no problem.

Put on her other shoe.

Baby cries so you get up and pause the video to check on baby.

Baby is sleeping without your help.

Continue yoga.

Downward facing dog. Toddler plays underneath you and loves this bridge game. Toddler decides to sit under you and makes it impossible to change poses until you feel like your arms are going to fall off.

Get up and rewind video because you held downward dog for way too long.

Side leg lunge. Toddler crawls under your leg.

Baby wakes up so you go nurse him in bed and leave him there after moving all the blankets and pillows.

Worry about leaving your baby alone in bed even though you took all the safety precautions.

Reset husbands electronic devises that toddler was playing with while you were nursing baby in bed and remove toddler bodily from bedroom.

Change toddlers diaper, praise the lord that you just got your new laundry machine because that was one nasty diaper, then put her down for nap time in her crib where she decides to play instead of sleep.

Write a blog while waiting for her to fall asleep, which she will never do.

Feel accomplished that you got a good 9 minutes of yoga done.

 

How do you get your daily exercise in with very involved little ones around?

 

About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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