Statement of Inclusion
At Beinspired we warmly welcome men and women from all stages of life into our classes, and on our courses and retreats.
In particular, we are sensitive to different womanly needs. Menstruating women are offered practices to support their bleeding and rest when they need. Menopausal women are invited to adjust the room temperature as necessary (please do take the spaces by the windows/fans) and also rest when they need. Pregnant women are offered practices to support their pregnancy, and encouraged to rest as much as they need too.
I’ve experienced first hand fertility issues, complicated pregnancies and the shock that is early mother hood with recovery from birth (caesarean sections in my case), the demands of breastfeeding and intense sleep deprivation (all written about at length in my book Dancing with the Moon). I know how much yoga can support this, but also how much we need to honour the body’s need for rest and a gentle approach to yoga throughout these tricky periods. Rest is often best and the Sunday morning class is the best class to support this.
I also try to observe and honour the cyclical fluxes of menstruation and I am very aware that this is often given very little consideration by many yoga teaching environments, which instead (and often unintentionally/unconsciously) encourage greater disconnection from the changing physical, mental, emotional and physiological needs of a menstruating lady as she navigates ovulation and the premenstrual stage of her cycle in particular (embrace the rage!).
The same can be said of the peri-menopausal lady, who may find this stage of life incredibly disorientating and un-grounding. This follows to the menopausal lady, who may be going through a crisis of confidence and identity, let alone dealing with hot flushes, sleep disturbance and mood swings as she steps into the enchantress stage of life (welcome the spiritual shift!).
Therefore, with all this all in mind (and heart), I welcome the opportunity to support women at all stages of life through yoga and ask that you adjust the room temperature and the practices as you need, and honour your need for rest.
Bringing a baby to class?
I know what it’s like when you are really keen to get to a yoga class to support the post-natal period but on-demand feeding dictates otherwise. For this reason, I am keen that post-natal women are given the opportunity to bring their babes in arms (babies who fairly much stay in one place, so are not crawling or toddling) to our classes so that they can be fed as needed. The Sunday morning class may be best, certainly in the earlier post-natal period when you are healing from the inside out.
I appreciate this has repercussions for other students in the class, and I ask that as a student in that class, you consider any resistance you may have to this. I appreciate that increasing numbers of women are having trouble conceiving and may be challenged by the presence of a baby, but also believe that the presence of babies may in fact be the tonic needed, and will warm the hearts of most.
I also appreciate that many students welcome the quiet space where they can have a break from their care-giving and ask that you allow the mother and baby their own space – there is no need for you to care give, or to care take, the fact you have welcomed them into the space is enough.