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This is the first in a series of interviews with the teachers at Supernova Power Yoga. We begin with the guy who started it…

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How Practicing Yoga Supported My Pregnancy

My healthy baby girl! She sleeps in lotus pose 🙂 By Anonymous I’ve been asked to write a blog about my pregnancy and the role that yoga played throughout. While…

Get to Know Joe

This is the first in a series of interviews with the teachers at Supernova Power Yoga. We begin with the guy who started it all—founder Joe Giglio! When did you…

How Practicing Yoga Supported My Pregnancy

My healthy baby girl! She sleeps in lotus pose 🙂 By Anonymous I’ve been asked to write a blog about my pregnancy and the role that yoga played throughout. While…

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My healthy baby girl! She sleeps in lotus pose 🙂 By Anonymous I’ve been asked to write a blog about my pregnancy and the role that yoga played throughout. While I can’t compare how pregnancy would have been without yoga, I can say that when asking others about their pregnancies,…

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How Practicing Yoga Supported My Pregnancy

My healthy baby girl! She sleeps in lotus pose 🙂

By Anonymous

I’ve been asked to write a blog about my pregnancy and the role that yoga played throughout. While I can’t compare how pregnancy would have been without yoga, I can say that when asking others about their pregnancies, I often heard many negatives. My answer was mostly ‘I can’t complain’.

While I feel fortunate to have had a fairly ‘easy’ pregnancy, I believe that this is in large part thanks to continuing yoga. I believe this also played a large role in having not the worst delivery as well. Practicing through structured courses at Supernova also made this easier then going it alone .

I continued practicing up until 36 weeks pregnant when my monthly unlimited class pass ran out. I had been practicing on and off for 15 years prior to this. At first I was nervous about practicing while pregnant—could I still ‘do’ it? Would I be judged? Would it be too hard? Should I even be practicing?…

Firstly, I was very pleasantly surprised by how supportive the members of the Supernova studio were. Many had positive comments, were supportive, and none made me feel as though I should quit practicing. Secondly, one great thing about yoga is that it is adaptable and that the instructors are super helpful. There were positions that I could no longer do as I used to, but there are modifications for every move out there, allowing me to make the most of the flow. Lastly, when I felt like I did need a break, child’s pose was readily available!

Below are some common symptoms associated with pregnancy:

Loss of balance
Yoga incorporates poses that work against gravity, this helps you maintain your balance. Holy crow!

Headaches
Constipation
Swollen hands and feet

The flow of yoga gets your blood circulating and pumping, helping to ease all of the above.

Mood swings
Yoga is not only a physical practice but a mindful one as well. Being in the present throughout practice can, at least, help enliven your mood throughout that period of time. Plus, class is often accompanied by a lingering yoga ‘buzz’

Fatigue
There were many times that I felt too tired to attend but forced myself to go. Some days it took up to 10 mins to stop feeling this way, but once class was over never once regretted attending. The practice is invigorating throughout and afterwards as well.

Delivering my Baby and Yoga

The benefits that I believe helped with delivery are: Deep breathing, Mind / body connection and staying in the present. Practicing deep breathing helped me make the most of my contractions and was praised on my deep breaths by the Doctor.

The mind-body connection you practice in yoga helps to focus on where your being asked to push and to focus on the proper area.

Staying in the present allowed me to focus on the task at hand and what I could do to achieve it. My baby was in distress the entire time and while I was scared and wanted to panic, I focused instead on doing what was asked to get her out as quickly as possible. The Doctor also complimented me on this focus and I told her it was all yoga. I also thanked yoga when a healthy baby girl was delivered with relatively few pushes that did not cause any rips or tears.

While I cannot say how this experience would have been without yoga, I can say that I truly believe that it made the entire process easier. I could go on about the benefits of such but think this is lengthy enough! Bottom line, pregnant or not, yoga has many benefits for you should you chose to practice, so what are you waiting for?!

Namaste 🙂

Get to Know Joe

This is the first in a series of interviews with the teachers at Supernova Power Yoga. We begin with the guy who started it all—founder Joe Giglio!

When did you start practicing yoga? 
I attended my first yoga class in 1995.
What circumstances got you onto your mat for the first time?
I was 27 years old, physically, mentally and emotionally in the worst shape of my life.  I had been an athlete all through high school and college and had really let myself go. I was at least  50lbs overweight, going though a break up with my college sweetheart, and had moved back in with my parents. One day my back went out, and I could not walk or even move for three days. I knew I was in big trouble, and that I had to get back on my feet and in shape. As soon as I was able to walk again I joined the company gym where I worked in Boston. I started going every day during my lunch hour, lifting weights, and doing cardio. It felt good to get my body moving again, but something was missing. I was left feeling uninspired, and exhausted, and in a battle against myself. The back pain was still there, and it seemed like I wasn’t getting to the root of the problem. I started doing all kind of weird stretches to try to work out the sore spots but nothing really helped. Then one day I noticed some people doing yoga in the fitness room. It seemed intriguing but I was a bit intimidated to go in until I saw somebody I knew in there and she waved me in. From the moment I walked in, the instructor took great care of me. It was if she knew exactly how I was feeling, and she gave me exactly what I needed. All I remember about that first experience was that it went by very quickly and my back felt better for the first time in years. This was something my body had been calling out for, but even more it had relieved and cleared my mind.  I had finally found a ray of hope.
Tell us a little bit about your teacher. Why did you choose to study under Baron Baptiste and other Master Baptiste teachers?

Joe Giglio (3rd from left) with Baron Baptiste (3rd from right) at Baptiste Yoga’s Level Two teacher training.

The first time I took one of Baron Baptiste’s yoga classes was sometime in 1999. My first few years of yoga was very basic, gentle asana that helped me heal old wounds and build new strength and flexibility. As I was able to do more I explored different styles of yoga. There was an explosion of yoga studios around Boston at the time, and I tried a bunch of different studios, teachers, and styles. Then one day a guest teacher came into the gym at work and introduced us to the power vinyasa flow.  I LOVED IT! The freedom, power, and grace of the flow was awesome and made me feel amazing!  I was hooked. So I started looking for power vinyasa yoga classes. I came across Baron Baptiste while reading a article about him in Boston Magazine, talking about his background, style and his new yoga studios in Boston and Cambridge Massachusetts. I convinced my two roommates to join me on an adventure to try these studios out—which by the way were heated to 98F for 90 min long. Although I got death glares from both my friends we all survived!  I took me several months to go back to Baron’s studio though. It was overwhelming in a good way and I needed time to process my experience. Something big had opened up in that space for me and it was calling me back. I spent the next ten years going Baron’s Cambridge studio just about every other day. It would be fair to say I took over 1200 classes at that studio led by a dozen fantastic instructors during that time period, most notably Baron, Coeli, Claire, Rhea, Gregor, and Brandon among many others. What I loved most about the Baptiste studio teachers was that they were all unified in the practice sequence and methodology but unique unto themselves. These instructors practiced what they preached. They were shining examples of what the practice can do for you if you do the practice and created a studio space that became  home for thousands of people going through the same kind of thing that I was going through. We were working together for our own good. It was awesome.

What makes Power Yoga (in all its forms) different from other styles of yoga?
I believe there is a lot of confusion around the term “power yoga”. Physical yoga practice or “Asana” practice is known as “Hatha” yoga.  Hatha means power or “force”. So in a sense anytime you practice yoga postures you are doing power yoga. Asana practice is the practice of skillful action. All physical yoga styles are rooted there. What separates Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is that simultaneously breaks free from dogmatic tradition while at the same time encompassing the essence of classical yoga. You will find all the lessons of Bhagavad Gita and yoga sutras through the Baptiste system but you are your own guru—there is no master. Baron’s system based on the five pillars of Vision, Breath, Core, Heat, and Flow, and incorporates up to 54 postures with pranayama (breathing) technique and mindful meditation all at once! It is simply the best and most effective system I have come across in my 23 years of experience. While the system can be quite challenging at times it can also be modified and adapted while being just as powerful and potent.
Why do you teach yoga?
I just love sharing what I love. After playing football from Pee Wee to college, I spent ten years coaching high school football in Greater Boston. After years of going to concerts as a music lover, I spent 15 years touring around New England playing live music in a band. After 15 years of practicing yoga I began my teacher training. I love yoga for the way it makes me feel and I want to share that with the world.  I am grateful for the studios and teachers that supported me through the years, and all of the good friends I’ve met through practicing yoga. Its a dream come true to be able to teach and practice yoga everyday, sharing what I love.

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