The power of Women has been on my mind. A LOT. The strength of our bodies. Our minds. The strength to change outcomes. To change elections. I think this is why I am drawn to pregnancy, birth, and mothering. I am drawn to it not because its soft, but because it’s bad ass and powerful. I am drawn to it because it isn’t a power that has been given to us, but one that comes from our hearts.
Our power is love. FIERCE LOVE.
When I sit down to plan a prenatal class I like to think about the why. Why this pose? Why this sequence? Why is this good or challenging or important for my students? One thing I always include is Virabhadrasana I, II, and III. The Warrior poses are wonderful during pregnancy. They lengthen and strengthen the base and work to connect the mother to a sense of physical power in her hips and thighs that is so integral during birth. When paired with the breath, these poses work to unite the mind and body.
These poses ask us to do more than just create a strong, stable foundation. They ask us to extend our arms outward. They ask us to open our hearts. More times then I can count, I have found myself standing in Warrior II, strong through my legs, arms extended long and been overcome by an immense feeling of love, and power, and protectiveness over all that I hold close. By embracing the opening created and consciously invoking love during these poses we move beyond the shape.
We become warriors of love. We become Mothers.
It is my hope that women will continue to step into this role and embrace the power that comes from this level of openness. I wholeheartedly believe this is where real change will stem from. From women. From a FIERCE LOVE.