One of my favorite therapeutic yoga classes I offer is prenatal yoga. There is something extremely magical about teaching to a class of babies and mothers. I often joke about who I am really teaching to, but the fact is both the mother and her baby are gaining benefits from the practice. Some benefits of prenatal yoga include improved flexibility, stress reduction and most importantly strengthen the bond between mother and baby.
Specifically, prenatal yoga supports the body in it’s transitions through each trimester. For Example, offering flexibility to the hamstrings and gluteus maximus which tighten in response to rapid growth of the uterus. Offering relief to the hips which often tighten during pregnancy due to balance changes and overcompensation in the ligaments supporting the vertabrae. There is also a very large emphasize on creating strength and stability in the body to counteract the increased elasticity produced in the ligaments of the body due to increased levels of relaxin. The pelvic floor is also a large area of focus for prenatal yoga. The pelvic floor helps support the extra weight created through pregnancy. It is also important to focus on the floor of the pelvis as it helps to hold the body in place and support the skeletal structure. There are many specific physical benefits that accompany regular prenatal yoga practice and each individual experiences specific areas of improved mobility and stability in the body.
Stress is a large component of our lives in the western world. The physical demands put on us, especially during pregnancy can make this magical time seem unmanageable and down right unenjoyable. A consistent yoga practice during pregnancy can allow us time and space to feel supported, comfortable and free of aches and pains. Pranayama (breathing exersizes) and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) are two very important pieces of helping women to slow down and de-stress during pregnancy. (please refer to my previous post about Yoga Nidra for more information).
Additional to working as a Yoga Therapist, I am also a counsellor working with children and families. In my work I see how important it is for parents to build a strong attachment with their children. The experience a child has in attaching to their primary caregiver, literally shapes their capacity and ability to build healthy attachments in the future. I like to emphasize attachment when teaching prenatal yoga. Strengthening the attachment with your child in stages of pregnancy is a profound gift to both the mother and her child.
I hope I have been able to highlight just some of the benefits to prenatal yoga. If you are interested in working one-on-one with me or attending my prenatal class, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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