Baby Talk: A Q&A With Two Hearts Pre & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Cecilia de la Rocha
by Anne Clendening
Cecilia is Two Hearts’ pre/postnatal yoga teacher, and was an absolute doll during our chat for this blog. I could have talked with her for hours, but she was in the middle of planning a birthday party for her little almost-four-year-old girl. She tells us here what yoga has meant to her, about pre/postpartum depression, crazy hormones and creating strength and flexibility during and after pregnancy for the body and the mind.
“It’s tons of things… it’s everything coming together, it’s finding fitness
and flexibility in your body, it’s having a therapist all to yourself and
it’s finding a body that reminds you that you’re still the same you.”
Where are you from?
I’m from Mexico, and I’ve been here 10 years, in August.
And you have two kids?
I do! My little girl is going to be four years old, and my boy is six.
Did you do yoga when you were pregnant?
Yes, actually my profound practice of yoga started when I was pregnant. With my second pregnancy I came to Two Hearts, and the yoga was heaven for me. I don’t have family in this country, and yoga was the one telling me, you don’t need anyone… you can find your strength, you can find your breath and you can find the best of you either pregnant or not pregnant, either with someone or not with someone.
I went through pre- and postnatal depression with my second pregnancy, and I can say that I did a really brave job during yoga to get out of that depression.
So yoga really helped?
A lot. Tons.
Do you find a lot of moms come in with pre- or postnatal depression?
Yes, I do. And I can see it, because I can see the kind of eyes that I had, and that kind of feeling like, I’m not good enough to do the stretches, I’m not good enough to stand up, I’m spending my entire pregnancy with morning sickness… And I say, yeah, you can do much more than this! So yes, I see the people, even if they don’t say it, because it’s hard for a depressed person to say, “I’m depressed.” And I’ve been there—it’s not easy to say it.
In L.A., there are a lot of women who don’t have family here. L.A. is a city that comes and goes for people, and that’s how I was. And I see that you need someone to encourage you—like, go ahead, you can do it! Once you find that depression and you’re alone, you’ll find your family will be your friends, your yoga, your yoga teachers or someone.
How long have you been teaching pre/postnatal yoga?
In August it’ll be two years!
Is there one pose you can tell us that’s great for flexibility?
Pigeon Pose. I love it, even not pregnant I still do it! And you can do it with a bolster under your hips or in between your legs and another prop, like a block or a bolster under your forearms to rest, because the belly is on the way and the hips tend to be a little tighter… I just love that pose!
And what about one for strengthening?
Warrior 1. I love it, it’s the pose where you have everything—open hips, strength to the legs, strength in the arms… it’s such a strong and open pose.
What advice would you give a pregnant woman on staying safe during yoga practice?
I would say just no twisting, but in general, I think a pregnant woman can do a lot of things, more than what they think they can do. You need to have the strength to be a mom, in your mind and your body, and you have to have that confidence that you can do a lot of things during pregnancy. Of course, if there’s something your doctor says you cannot do, than listen to your doctor. But we used to think that pregnancy was like, you’re pregnant? you’re sick! But, it’s not like that!
How would describe Female Balancing Yoga?
Female Balancing is the same thing as working for that strength. It’s balancing those hormones that are going crazy, especially if you’re toward the end or right after pregnancy. It’s a roller coaster of hormones! Everything changes in the mind, changes in the body and your entire world is changing all the time. So when you do yoga and you find that balance of strength and flexibility in your body and in your mind, it can work to stabilize your hormones.
What do you love about teaching?
I love to share and teach what I’m teaching myself and what I’ve learned, so others can use it in the best possible way.
What say are the benefits of pre- and postnatal yoga?
It’s tons of things… it’s everything coming together, it’s finding fitness and flexibility in your body, it’s having a therapist all to yourself and it’s finding a body that reminds you that you’re still the same you. Because when you’re pregnant, you’re feeling everything different, you’re breathing differently, you’re senses are so different and this moment gives you the sense that you’re still the same one, whoever you are.
Cecilia de la Rocha teach Pre/Postnatal and Female Balancing Yoga. She likes to bring comfort and alignment during pregnancy and after. Her experience as a mother of two adorable kids, and her vast yoga experience safely guides mothers into their most authentic experience creating a community of strong mothers and mothers-to-be.
From nyrnaturalnews.com, a fantastic article on yoga, pregnancy and depression: “We have now gone some way to prove that it can help. It was not a small effect either. This has the potential to really help mothers who are feeling anxious about their pregnancy.”
Anne Clendening was born and raised in L.A. She is a yoga teacher, a writer and occasionally slings cocktails in a Hollywood bar. She is a columnist on elephant journal, and you can visit her web site for all things life, love, yoga and other good stuff at Anne Clendening Yoga. Peace, Love & Beatles ❤