5 minutes of bliss as you work through relieving any stress or pain in the body during pregnancy
Yoga can help women get through their pregnancy with minimal discomfort. It also helps the birth and post-delivery stages.
As baby grows within our body, more energy and strength is needed to be able to carry the weight. Yoga asanas strengthen hips, back, arms and shoulders.
2. Health and Balance
Our balance is challenged physically as the fetus grows within our body. Emotionally we are drained due to the increases in progesterone and estrogen. As we try to focus on holding and breathing through each asana, we are able to fine tune our balance, physically (body), mentally (Psyche) and emotionally (Spiritually).
3. Rid Stress and Relieve tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders
As baby grows, more stress is put upon these specific muscle groups in our bodies. We tend to have more of a lordotic/lower back curve due to the increased size of our bellies. Our hips get tighter due to the added pressure of baby's weight in our bellies. As our breasts increase in size, our upper back and chest have more tension, along with our neck and shoulders.
4. Calms the Central nervous system
Through deep breathing, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which is responsible for relaxation. When our bodies are in that mode, our digestions operate properly, we tend to sleep better, and our immune system is at its optimal.
5. Labor Preparation
You are working with conscious breathing during each yoga asan, which may sometimes be challenging. This transfers into the time of labor, allowing one to practice being "comfortable with the uncomfortable" through our breathwork. As you inhale, you acknowledge the tension that is felt. As you deeply exhale, you let go of it more and more with each breath.
6. Communicate and connect with baby
A prenatal yoga practice allows us to slow down and focus attention on what is going on within our bodies. Through working with our breath and doing each asana, you become more aware of what is going on within and find that connection with baby.
7. Increases circulation
Circulation is enhanced within our joints and our muscles are elongated during practice. Upon circulation of the blood within our bodies, swelling is decreased and our immunity is enhanced, creating a healthy environment for a thriving baby.
8. Breathwork practice
This is a fabulous tool for labor during contractions. If we are consciously breathing, our blood pressure and heart rate is regulated keeping us in parasympathetic/relaxation mode. Calm mama equals calm baby.
9. Sense of community/sisterhood
It can be very comforting to be with a group of women who understand what we are going through.
10. Nurturing time
This time allows us to stop and slow down from our busy days. Through the practice of yoga, you are setting intention in taking care of not only yourself, but of baby.