Benefits of Prenatal Yoga:
- Soothes the discomforts of pregnancy
- Strengthens the body and mind in preparation for labor and birth
- Relieves stress and helps promote relaxation
- Increases flexibility and overall muscle tone
- Enhances the bond between mom and baby
- Provides an opportunity to connect with other moms-to-be
Did you know?
Continuing regular, vigorous exercise throughout pregnancy:
- does not increase the incidence of either miscarriage or birth defects.
- will help you deliver an average of 5 to 7 days earlier once term is reached.
- will limit weight gain and fat deposition, but only if a woman exercises for more than three hours per week.
Why I recommend Prenatal Yoga?
Yoga is always a good idea, and during pregnancy the benefits and rewards grow exponentially. Having a baby is an exciting time in a woman's life. But it may also be overwhelming. You may be faced with many new decisions about your own life and your baby's. You can also get bogged down with all types of baby information and feel anxious or confused. It does not help that your hormones have you on a roller coaster of emotions, and that you may be feeling tired, extra sensitive, and uncomfortable with all of the physical, mental and emotional changes you are experiencing.
Yoga is here to help you as you ride the wave of feelings and constant changes. Yoga helps to ease tension and stress and promote relaxation, while deeply connecting you with your baby. Conscious movement with breath awareness that develops strength in critical areas (abdomen, pelvic floor, back, and legs) can enhance your experience of pregnancy and birth by offering you skills to make yourself more comfortable during pregnancy and enable you to cope more effectively in labor.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time for you to learn more about yourself and your own power. "Most women's experience of pregnancy, labor, and delivery is nowhere near as empowering as it could be" (Christiane Northrup). Yoga will awaken your inner power by moving you inward, directly and deeply connecting you with your hara, your bodies center of creation. You will learn to trust and surrender to your body's wisdom.