When you think of yoga, visions of a skinny guy twisting himself into a pretzel probably come to mind. But if you're expecting or just gave birth, contorting your body probably isn't a priority. (Pregnancy and childbirth provide enough shape-shifting for most of us!) Don't worry — this 5,000-year-old collection of breathing and moving exercises that strengthens the entire body and soothes the spirit is perfect for everyone — even pregnant women and new moms!
"Your spirit as a woman has all the knowledge and power you need to give birth and to nurture your baby. It is in your genes. it has been there since you yourself were conceived. You can trust its wisdom." -- Gurmukh Khalsa
4 reasons why Pregnancy Yoga is a solution for you
1. Body knowledge
Yoga is a wonderful tool for becoming better acquainted with your body, says Jyothi Larson, author of Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby (Bantam, 2002). A regular practice also trains you to focus on different areas of your body, which is particularly helpful during childbirth.
2. Mood moderation
Yoga's emphasis on breathing and moving simultaneously helps you breathe more deeply, says Larson. For some women, it triggers feelings of deep relaxation and well being. The calmer and more relaxed moms are, the calmer their babies are.
3. Posture perfection
Pregnancy can cause even the straightest arrow to slouch. Then you start nursing, pushing a stroller, and lifting a baby and your posture may really suffer, says Larson. Some of the best yoga benefits are increased back and shoulder strength, which improves posture. Yoga also opens up your chest, making it easier to stand up tall.
4. Moral support
It reliefs to be heard by people who experienced the same as you in the pre- or postnatal period. Pregnancy Yoga offers you the change to express yourself about every detail. It eases the mind to be able to tell what’s on your mind. The moral support brings you in a state of understanding, which helps you to clear your mind.
Yoga has been used for centuries to help center a person and relive stress. In many countries yoga for pregnancy is considered the only option. Yoga can be a great way to stay flexible, relive stress and prepare for birth.
By using, stretching and cultivating the muscles for birth, you inherently make birth easier. The muscles are prepared by the yoga to do their job efficiently in labor. Not to mention the glorious relaxation skills that you can bring to your birth after the months of practicing.
Yoga can also alleviate the discomforts caused by pregnancy. There are poses for sciatic pain, round ligament pain, and yes, even morning sickness.
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