Tuesday, 18 August 2015

YOGIC TONIC TUESDAY - Pregnancy Yoga Benefits

Pregnancy Yoga Benefits
After doing Yoga all the way through my pregnancy I knew that it was something I would want to teach when I started training as a yoga teacher. The pure peace I experienced throughout my whole pregnancy and birth was something I can only put down to the yoga. How do I know it was the yoga? Because I was going through a challenging time in life but the yoga just let me take one day at a time and stopped me from thinking and worrying, instead I just stayed connected to the experience of my baby growing and nourishing us both. It was my life saving tool and I know this when I look back.
Pregnancy Yoga is a tool that not only helps the body stay strong but it also helps with the birth and the journey you face once baby is here. Lets list just 5 benefits of pregnancy yoga.
  1. Created strength in your body for pregnancy & birth.
  2. Helps prepare you for labour.
  3. Balances both body and mind bringing harmony.
  4. The breath work promotes relaxation as the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in to use.
  5.  A deep connection with your unborn child is created.
Here is a little link about the parasympathetic Nervous system http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/a-clinical-overview-of-the-nervous-system.html
What to expect at a class? Well all classes are different obviously, all teachers have there own unique way of teaching so i can only go of what i do in my pregnancy yoga classes. You do not have to have done yoga before, actually I believe this is a perfect time to begin if you have never done yoga before as its modified for your needs not only because your pregnant but also because you may come with concerns or problems within the body (that you must tell your teacher may i add so she can modify accordingly).  
In class you will work through breath work, pelvic floor work, standing postures, seated postures, possibly mantras and mudras and finishing with a beautiful relaxation that can connect you even deeper to your baby and self.
To get you started i have attached one of my FREE pregnancy yoga videos to watch. You can subscribe to my channel for any new videos i upload also. I recommend making sure you are given the go ahead from your doctor before doing this video. Do not do this video if you are less than 14 weeks pregnant. And if you have SPD then i would search out a local teacher with knowledge on the topic to do a class with guidance - I only included one modification for this so discourage you from doing it unless you have extensive knowledge on alignment in yoga and your concern.

I hope you do try Yoga if you are pregnancy, don't keep putting it off. If you are already doing Yoga and you are pregnant then I wish you a beautiful birth.

Thank you for reading <3

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