During pregnancy there is a sense of uniting with your baby. Pregnancy yoga is a wonderful way to embrace this transformation and unity. It promotes relaxation through the practice of specific breathwork (Pranayama) and Yoga Postures (Asana), improving muscle strength and tone. It helps to calm the mind and reduces stress. This allows for better health and vitality throughout pregnancy.
It is wise to wait to join a pregnancy yoga class until after your 14th week. It is never too late to start and the practice of yoga will help to prepare both you and your baby by strengthening, toning and stretching areas of your body which play a big role in supporting your growing baby and facilitating an easier delivery and birth. You will also learn useful relaxation and breathing techniques for labour. You can continue to practice right up until the birth of your baby unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
Yoga – when practiced under the guidance of an experienced and qualified pregnancy yoga instructor – is an extremely safe practice for pregnancy. However – whether you are new to yoga or have a regular practice there are a few things to be aware of.
1. Remember always to move slowly and gently. Some yoga postures are not suitable for pregnancy and may be uncomfortable for you or your baby! If you any questions regarding this please always ask!
2. Due to hormonal changes in pregnancy joints become looser. It is helpful to be mindful of this, avoiding the temptation to move into this new openness as it is easy to cause injury.
3. If something doesn’t feel good don’t do it. Be sensitive to the transformation occurring in your body and focus on connecting with your beautiful baby rather than pushing to your maximum capabilty.
4. Always keep the breath soft and gentle, focus on the exhale and letting go. It is important to avoid any breath retention or pumping during pregnancy.
5. It is very important to keep well hydrated during class. Always bring water with you. Remember to eat something light before class i.e. piece of fruit or some nuts and have a snack afterwards.
6. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded please let me know. Sit or lie down and be with your breath.
7. If you are feeling tired, please rest. Sometimes that is all that is needed!
8. It is advisable to use lots of extra props and support throughout class (these will be supplied) – even if this would not be part of your normal practice.
9. It is beneficial to practice breath work, sonic massage, pelvic floor exercises and relaxation techniques at home. These are all extremely helpful both in preparation for and during labour.
10.Finally if anything changes from week to week with regards to you or your baby I would be grateful if you could inform me.
I look forward to meeting you!
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