Why do Yoga in Pregnancy?

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What is Yoga for Pregnancy like? And why do it?

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Once they pass the twelve week pregnant goal-post, one of the first classes for which newly pregnant mamas often sign up is… (drum roll please)… Pregnancy Yoga!

It’s all the rage! They must be on to something! Here’s why yoga is a beneficial activity to do during pregnancy and why it has earned it’s popularity among pregnant mamas!

Just like regular yoga classes, your Pregnancy Yoga classes will obviously vary, depending on your teacher. Some may be very slow with lots of relaxation time and meditation. Some may be faster paced and more intense. Some might include hypnobirthing breathing, visualisations and relaxations that you can take with you in to the labour room. Some might focus on labour and birth positions too. All will take you through poses and sequences based on traditional hatha yoga, but modified for pregnancy.

Prenatal Yoga safely keeps your body supple and strong, soothes away aches and pains, and keeps your mind calm and relaxed, promoting a healthy, happy pregnancy and birth. This is precious time you can spend nurturing yourself and celebrating your growing baby.

💙 Feel amazing during pregnancy…

Prenatal yoga will help release muscular and emotional tension from your body, relieving general aches and pains as well as reducing back, shoulder and hip pain. Yoga helps you improve and maintain good posture (even as your bump grows bigger), and improves the flexibility and tone of your muscles, reducing strain on your body. Practising yoga during pregnancy can help reduce pregnancy niggles such as discomfort caused by symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), sciatica, restless legs, indigestion and breathlessness. Your circulation is improved, leading to better immune function, more energy and overall health and wellness.

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💙 Relieve anxiety and promote happiness…

When you do yoga, you are effectively meditating! You are focusing on your movement, breath, sensations in your body and how each of these are linked. This kind of mindfulness is scientifically proven to create a sense of mental peace and tranquility which will you will experience whilst practising the yoga, and also once you leave the mat and go about your daily life. Here at Mama2shape, each of my full-length Prenatal Yoga classes, whether Live Online, or recorded in the Prenatal Yoga Studio, include relaxation and breathing techniques to lessen anxiety and to promote a calm, peaceful, uplifted mood. Deep guided relaxation and visualisations with positive affirmations allow you to bond with your unborn baby, take some time to nurture yourself, and experience delicious moments of peace.

💙 Feel empowered during labour and birth…

In general, yoga gifts you with a heightened sense of awareness of your body. If you practise yoga regularly, you become aware of ways to move which help meet a need for your body. This is true for Pregnancy Yoga, and so increasing your intuitive awareness of your body, your pelvic floor, and your posture will help you feel in touch with your body and empowered during the enormous physical event that is labour and birth. In many Pregnancy Yoga classes, including mine, tips for an active labour and birth are given throughout, along with movements and positions that help get baby into optimal position for ease of birth and keep labour progressing. You will learn breathing, visualisation and hypno-birthing techniques to use during labour for pain management and to allow you to enter a calm, relaxed and blissful state.

💙 Better postnatal recovery…

An antenatal yoga practice helps you develop a stronger and more supple body which will cope better during labour, birth and postnatal recovery. Simply practising yoga will tone your pelvic floor and you will also learn specific exercises to achieve this. A toned pelvic floor will recover more quickly after the pressure of pregnancy and birth. Yes, it is not just birth that damages the pelvic floor, but the weight of carrying the baby too. that is why even women who have given birth abdominally can still experience pelvic floor issues such as incontinence following pregnancy. Just a little anecdote, my baby was 10lb 1oz, born vaginally, and I have had NO problems with my pelvic floor. I put this down to the power of YOGA!

Through yoga, and the increased awareness you will gain of your body (and specifically in my classes where we cover this) you will learn how to relax your pelvic floor, which is essential for birthing your baby.  

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