If you are thinking about Pre-natal Yoga classes, here are some things to think about. These gentle classes are designed to support the anatomical changes and to find comfort in the physical changes that pregnancy bestows on new mothers. Yoga asana or poses that focus on hip opening stretches, stamina strengthening standing poses to help prepare for labour and delivery, shoulder opening stretches to help prepare for motherhood mixed with gentle and guided breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation is the key focus in pre-natal yoga.
Pre-natal Yoga Benefits:
- Help build stamina and strength.
- Improves circulation.
- Regulates breathing.
- Helps relieves stress.
- Harmonizes the triadic relationship and functioning of the body, mind and breath.
- Reduces fatigue and anxiety.
- Produces fresh oxgyentated blood to circulate around the abdominal organs and pelvic region.
- Strengthens the adductors (inner thighs) and abductors (outer thigh) muscles for support during the labour.
- Balances hormones.
- Promotes proper blood circulation to uterus.
- Stabilizes the thyroid, pituitary and pineal glands.
Creates a powerful connection and unification with baby.
Q: When can I start pre-natal yoga classes?
A: You can start these classes as early as the 6th week but it is recommended to wait until the 12th week to begin a regular practice. Once energy levels or nausea has subdued and the mother has more energy.
Q: What should I bring to class?
A: All you ever need is a yoga mat, a water bottle and the mindfulness to honor the many different and sometimes drastic changes that pregnancy has to offer.
Q: If I have a regular practice and want to continue in regular class, what should I be cautious of?
A: It's best to omit deep backbends, deep forward folds and deep twists. Stay away from poses that constrict and place a lot of pressure on the belly/abdomen. It's best to avoid postures where you lie on your stomach, even in the early stages of pregnany, safety first!
Q: How long can I practice yoga for during my pregnancy?
A: However long it continues to feel comfortable. It's a gentle form of exercise and is safe to do so until one's due date or even a few days after, if there are no complications and your OBGYN has given the ok!