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MEET OUR GUEST:
Catherine Middlebrooks is the founder of BRB Yoga, and the creator of the Heal Your Core With Yoga program. She helps busy moms restore their core strength and find calm in the beautiful chaos of motherhood.
She has more than 10 years of yoga teaching experience and a master’s degree in experimental psychology.
Catherine is currently traveling the country in an RV with her husband and two young children. Find her at brbyoga.com.
WHERE TO FIND CATHERINE ONLINE:
Transition to Motherhood:
Catherine described her transition into motherhood as a very peaceful period for their family. She enjoyed the process of being pregnant, and thus she felt really strong coming out from her childbirth experience. But as each day progresses, Catherine realized that her baby would be just as hard as everybody else’s. As she tried to get back to yoga, she noticed that her body was not recovering after her childbirth.
In this episode, Catherine explains why and how some of the yoga poses she practices on a regular yoga setting seemed to be contributing in maintaining instability in the core. In addition, she explains the cause of abdominal separation.
As she started to learn more about this, it started to impact the way her business evolved. She realized that there are lots of online yoga programs out there where you can get quick videos from various online sites but what isn’t out there is a really good resource for how you can do yoga in a way that not only is safe for diastasis recti but actually helps you bring back the integrity of your core and the pelvic floor.
According to her, that’s where Heal Your Core With Yoga Group Program came from. It really was designed to let people use yoga as a way to feel calm and feel strong but also really find proper alignment in their body and find that core strength that they need to regain after they have a baby.
The reality is, there are lots of women who don’t have a separation who are still doing stuff that’s putting strain on their core and their pelvic floor.” ([14:39])
Some of the key symptoms to look for that indicate that you can benefit from core strengthening are incontinence, hip pain, back pain, and just the general feeling of lack of support in the core area. Catherine also shared her thoughts about the 6-week postpartum “cleared for exercise” recommendation and how it affects women post-partum when it comes to having a realistic expectation of how long it’s going to take for their body to function the same way as it was before pregnancy.
Catherine shares that, yes, an hour of yoga a day can help but what’s a lot more determinant of your core strength is what you’re doing the rest of those 12-waking hours. That’s going to have the biggest impact on how strong you are physically throughout your day. Yes, we need to talk about yoga but we also need to talk about the way you stand, the way you sit, the way you move and pick things up. Aside from yoga, she also discussed the common symptoms every woman experiences postpartum that are common but not normal.
Referenced in the Show:
Heal Your Core With Yoga Group Program