The focus in a post-natal yoga class is not only to bond with other new mothers, but also to create a supportive, encouraging and non-judgemental environment where babies can thrive in unfamiliar surroudings and connect to each other through yoga asana (postures) pranayama (breathing) and mantras (healing sounds).
Physically, new mothers are plagued with tightness and lack of strength in the lower back and abdominal region as well, stiffness in the shoulders, upper back and chest from nursing. Overall fatigue and weakness is still prevalent at 6 weeks so it's important to locate an instructor who has the appropriate training in post-natal yoga for a safe practice.
Benefits of post-natal Yoga:
- Strenghtens the abdominal muscles.
- Helps the uterus to return to it's normal size.
- Releases tension in the shoulders.
- Balances hormonal levels.
- Promotes better and deeper sleep.
- Reduces stress, anxiety and fears of being a new mother.
- Creates a healthy and supported environment.
- Strenghtens the pelvic floor muscles.
Bonding and connecting with babies.
Q: When can I start post-natal yoga?
A: When you're received the ok from your OBGYN, usually after the 6th week (vaginal birth) or 12th week (cesasean birth). I usually recommend 12 weeks post-partum as mothers are usually more rested and babies have a bit more of a routine.
Q: What do I need to bring to class?
A: Your yoga mat, a water bottle, a blanket for baby and small hand toys. You may wish to bring a baby carrier for some standing poses.
Q: What age are the babies?
A: The ages are 6 weeks up to a crawling age.