Other than the fact that you’re probably now living in yoga pants why should you practice pregnancy yoga?
Yoga is the perfect exercise for pregnancy because it is based on the philosophy of listening to your body and modifying movement where you need, which for the ever-changing pregnancy bod is essential.
Yoga also strongly focuses on the breath which helps to calm down your stress response and teaches you how to manage stressful situations (very handy given the fact that you’re headed towards birth and parenting, which let’s be real, is no walk in the park.
While initially practicing yoga will be probably be more about your physical body, as you spend more time on your mat and practice other areas of yoga, like meditation and pranayama (breath work) you’ll often find that yoga impacts your mental and emotional health positively as well. We often find that the effects of yoga end up coming off the mat as well, you might be motivated to eat better, to rest more and may even find that it gives you the clarity to choose how you spend your time more wisely.
As you head towards the unknown of birth and motherhood a yoga practice is a great way to stay calm and grounded when it feels like everything else is changing around you (because it is!). It’s also a great way to start building a community of other Mums who you can call on later when you need advice about bub or just need a friendly ear to cry to about the exhaustion.
Yoga has the power to impact all of us on many levels.
During pregnancy it has even more benefits for both mother and baby.
Before you jump straight into a yoga class however there are some things you need to know to keep your pregnant body safe and comfortable. While it’s recommended that you find a teacher who is trained in pregnancy yoga to work with, you can practice at home as long as you follow these guidelines.
If you’ve never practiced yoga before falling pregnant it would be best to start with a studio in your area that specialised in pregnancy. Most studios will recommend that you start after the first trimester as this is not the time to be commencing any new type of exercise, but rather it’s a time for lots or rest and nurturing.
If you can’t make it to a studio there are many pregnancy yoga classes online that you can practice safely at home following the guidelines above. Or you could get started straight away with this pregnancy yoga for beginners class below.
Also, you can watch the guidelines of pregnancy yoga here.Bettina Rae is a yoga teacher, counsellor and Mum to two young boys. She runs an Online Yoga Circle for mothers to help them to improve fertility, overcome loss, practice during pregnancy and birth, and to reconnect with themselves after having children. Her active community of women also gather monthly for women's circles (both online and in-person) for yoga, group meditation, healing and sharing their stories. Connect with her on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.
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