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Pregnancy Yoga: supporting women during this time of change

Did you know that many women first approach yoga during their pregnancy?

Be it to alleviate back pain or to relax, a large number of expectant mothers chose yoga to support them through this phase.

Pregnancy yoga can be extremely valuable to both mother and baby.

Research suggests that prenatal yoga can help:

  • improve sleep
  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • alleviate common pregnancy ailments
  • increase strength and flexibility of muscles needed for childbirth

Women are invited to tune in to the miracle their body is making, strengthening the connection with the unborn child. Going to yoga is an opportunity to take time for themselves before baby comes; to go within, to explore their feelings and emotions, and find a sense of peace and calm.

The practice during this time needs to be adapted to the energy levels and needs of the moment. It’s often a mild sequence combining stretches and strengthening poses. The physical exercise, together with breathing techniques and relaxation, brings balance to mind and body.

On the mat, mothers learn new skills they can use during labour. One of the most important is how to use the breath to calm the mind; another is becoming familiar with poses they can use during labour to ease the process.

On top of this, a wonderful benefit of prenatal yoga may be joining a community with other women. Sharing the journey with other mums can help go through the changes more serenely.

Committing to take some time each week to care for the body and honor the changes that she is going through, is really one of the best things a mother can do for herself and the baby.

It should be noted that not all types of yoga are suitable for expectant mothers.

Not only there are postures that should be avoided during pregnancy, the pace of the class should be slower than the average flow or ashtanga class, allowing time to rest and have a sip of water when needed. The temperature in the room should also be just right: not too hot, not too cold. All forms of hot yoga should be avoided.

Especially if new to the practice, look out for specific Pre Natal classes with a qualified teacher, who will be able to guide you through a safe practice.

Note: Best to wait until the end of the first trimester before starting yoga. The second trimester is a great time to start practicing. With a healthy pregnancy, pre natal yoga can be done until the end of the third trimester. If any health concerns are present or mothers are unsure whether yoga would be suitable for them, they should consult a doctor first.

I teach weekly public pregnancy yoga classes, check out my schedule here.

I also work privately with students 1:1.

Contact me for more info.

 

 

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