We got some good news recently. Initially in our discussions with the Department of Immigration, they had told us that I would not be eligible for Medicare until my Permanent Residency was granted. Turns out that’s not the case. Once I filed my paperwork I was automatically granted a Bridging visa which makes me eligible now!
I can’t express enough, what a huge relief this news was. It means we now have a bit more disposable income to spare on things like, say, yoga classes.
Despite this good news, I’ve been having a stressful few weeks at work and have been having awful tension headaches. Normally I cope with this by popping a Nurofen and moving on. But that’s a no-go at the moment, and I’m reluctant to take Panadol even. The heat and humidity don’t help and staying hydrated is hard when you’re already getting up multiple times a night to pee.
So I thought I’d give the yoga thing a shot. I’d taken a few classes back in San Francisco and never really got into it. But it does seem like a natural fit for pregnancy, with its focus on breathing, managing your pain, and of course stretching those muscles.
I did my first pre-natal yoga class at Yoga in Daily Life. I found it good for relaxing but I didn’t break a sweat or feel like I was pushing myself at all. I wondered if maybe this class was better for someone further along as most of the other women there were 20 weeks+.
This week I tried a class at Jivamukti and absolutely hated it. It was an hour and 15 minute class and we didn’t even start moving until 45 minutes in. We spent the vast majority of the class talking about our pregnancies. I know it’s good for the instructor to know how we’re feeling in our bodies that day, but this somehow turned into one woman’s anti-vaccination rant and a ridiculous amount of privilege being thrown around.
I got looked at in horror when I shared that I missed being able to take Nurofen for my headaches. You’d think I had said I was a heroin addict. These ladies told me “Go see a naturopath” “I’ve got a great accupuncturist” “You should start getting regular massages”.
Um, I may have Medicare now, but I’m not made of money. Or time, for that matter. Which is why I can’t justify $18 for a group therapy session followed 15 minutes of stretching. I’ve got friends. What I need is some damn exercise!
So if anyone has any yoga class recommendations in Sydney I’m all ears. Inner West is preferable, but if it’s in the city or the North Shore train line, I could probably make it work. Or other headache remedies would be really lovely. I know the stress on my body is only going to get worse, so it would be great to start trying to mitigate that now.