The word Mentor, according to Wikipedia, has been adopted in English as a term meaning someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less experienced colleague.
This comes in many guises in life… teachers, parents, colleagues, bosses. For today’s #EncourageBeauty though I’d like to thank an individual who has opened my mind up to something new, that has gone on to help me hugely.
When I found out I was expecting a baby, my thoughts turned to my own health and wellbeing. The former I was pretty good at, eating healthily (most of the time!) and exercising at least three times a week. However I was very bad at the latter. Early starts, a busy job and late nights all meant that I spent little time looking after “me”.
I had toyed with Yoga practice in the past but found it flouncy and unfulfilling. How can a class that doesn’t give me immediate “sweaty” results, make any sort of impact on my health? I know now that I just had the wrong teacher.
Being pregnant made be look at my wellbeing with different eyes. I wasn’t just doing this for me, I was doing it for the baby too.
I found Yogamoo via Google as a simple local area Yoga search. Antenatal Yoga a stones throw away from home on a week night – perfect. Initially I signed up for a taster class, my ever dubious self, but as soon as I arrived, Laurence made me feel so welcome.
The others in the class too, all at different stages of pregnancy (I started at 16 weeks), were warm and lovely, and after that first class, an hour of postures and meditation, I signed up for the month.
Week after week, month after month, I went to spend an hour with Laurence, also attending a two-hour Sunday Labour Preparation workshop at 34 weeks. I practiced until 38 weeks, all the time getting more and more out of the sessions. Not only did I feel as prepared as you can for your first baby, I also relished the calm that hour brought over me.
Calum was born at 40 weeks, a day after his due date, after a relatively short labour (only a 3.5 hour active stage), in the water with no pain relief other than Gas & Air. My midwife even asked me when I arrived at the hospital if I’d been practicing Yoga as I was coping well… Powerful practice indeed.
Whilst I realise that this won’t be the way for all expectant Mums, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Laurence wholeheartedly for helping me achieve the birth I had hoped for. A wonderful Mentor in a subject I was so sceptical about. My mind has been well and truly opened to practice and I’ve since booked onto some Baby Yoga (when Calum was younger) and some PowerYoga courses run by Yogamoo. Very different, very difficult, but very rewarding. I’ve already seen a change in my body… And these classes are sweaty!
Thank you so much Laurence.
Who has been a stand-out Mentor for you?
Erin, Love from Cornfield… X