A Spynga Mom’s Post Natal Odyssey

 

Sari and Sage belly

I want to start off by thanking you for following me + Spynga.

As some of you know, I am one of the co-founders of Spynga the Yoga + Cycling studio as well as a mom of one amazing girl with another on its way by weeks end! As a devotee to vinyasa yoga, indoor cycling, and strength training for over a decade, being committed to practice of these kinds helped me with post-baby #1 recovery but in all honesty, the confidence that becoming mother infused, I never felt stronger in my life.  My time on the yoga mat is one that is always sacred to me whether I am simply breathing, sitting still or flowing. My practice always informs me of what is truly in my heart and gives me a greater understanding of who I am daily.  Whether my intention is to restore, strengthen, ground, or explore, teachings of self-respect and self-love is what continuously shines through and enhances my connection to those I meet on my path, my higher self and all phenomena.  The magic I feel as a student and teacher never dulls and is ever evolving. My affection for indoor cycling, originally inspired by my business partner and dear friend Casey, is the one activity that makes me feel physically and mentally powerful and clear. It is a rush like no other and I love conveying that through my classes. I learned over the years that stability serves as an essential component to a lifelong physical practice and discovered that strength training helps to prevent injuries and gives me the equilibrium to challenge myself. I truly believe in these physical, mental and spiritual modalities in conjunction with fueling your body and heart with love, good food and GREAT people!

Let me be clear. I don’t pretend to be an expert on pre/post-natal anything. Quite frankly, I believe that pregnancy and parenting is one giant science experiment with your body – and then your sanity. Just to bring a new life into the world, our physical bodies endure such unbelievable changes to accommodate such a gift.

With my first and current pregnancy, I taught 5-6 classes a week (not that I did them all to say the least) but I did keep up with my yoga practice (as modified as it became) 1-3 times a week throughout my pregnancy (depending on how queasy I was) and spinning at least once a week. In the last 4-5 weeks I have dialed that back to mostly walking down the street to my car. I am carrying this baby super low so anything physical other than a brisk, short stroll is highly uncomfortable.

As a business owner, mother of a toddler, wife, friend, and sister, life is just about to kick into another high gear state of busy-ness (a word which I have come to dislike as we are all infected with this busy-bug).

Like you, I am trying to balance work/life more than I did yesterday, become the best mom I know how to be and continue my quest to become a better human.  My weekly posts won’t be about weight loss, breast feeding vs. bottle-feeding, poop, sleep training or getting your pre-baby body back or let’s face it, even some kind of version of that. It starts with feeling human again, moving again and fueling the mommy brain with nutrients for energy as well as words of wisdom for the soul.

I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child, or at least an awesome community of experts that know more than you – so that is who I will be connecting with in the weeks to come; colleagues and contemporaries in my industry, chefs, nutritionists, doctors, business coaches, and other moms who keep it REAL and tell it like it is- beautiful, wild and crazy!  Of course I will also disclose my postnatal favorite finds, classes, recipes, places and will include lots of faces!

I will bring you all this through personal experience, experts and humour (a must!)  Please note that all recommendations of any subject are my opinions and mine alone. I will pre-suppose that you will exercise good judgment for any special conditions/injuries. Always consult your doctor or other professional before starting anything.

About Sari Nisker
As a co-creator and co-founder of Spynga® The Yoga + Cycling Studio, Sari wakes up grateful everyday that she gets to spend her time teaching her passion and empowers people to take their lives to the next level. Sari has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching yoga for over a decade. She has worked as a private and group instructor in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto. Sari resigned from the corporate world, leaving a career in beauty and skincare product marketing, to rediscover the bright inner beauty inside her and guides her students to reveal their true beautiful, strong, and authentic selves through yoga. Her background includes an array of insight from the Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin schools of yoga. Stirred by curiosity and affection for cycling, Sari takes her yoga mantras to the bike and teaches Spynga’s® signature and trademarked class, The Spynga® Flow.  Sari challenges her students to go inward with every peddle stroke and is constantly amazed by the exhilaration of every indoor cycle ride. Sari received her 200 Hour RYTT Yoga Alliance certification from Sonic Yoga in New York; Prenatal certification from Be Yoga in New York; Yoga 4 Kids Certification from Sherry LeBlanc in Toronto, and 100 Hours of Anusara-inspired yoga, Yin Yoga Certification in Toronto and is considered an E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance. Sari received her indoor cycling instructor’s certification from Mad Dog Athletics. She is currently completing her Life Coaching Certification with Robbins-Madanes Core Coaching, an Anthony Robbins company.

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