6 Reasons Why You Should Take a Prenatal Yoga Class
Are you wondering what your entire pregnancy journey would look like? Feeling anxious? Well, you are not alone.
Pregnancy brings many changes to a woman’s world, be it at the physical, mental, or emotional level. And for some of us, it could add more stress and anxiety, especially if it’s first-time pregnancy. Amidst all these external and internal changes, connecting with our inner-self is essential for our emotional well-being and the baby’s development. Don’t you think so?
This is precisely where prenatal yoga fits in as a positive habit worth adopting during pregnancy days and even post-delivery.
Gentle movements are advisable during pregnancy unless your doctors forbid you from doing them due to any medical conditions. As a thumb rule, check with your health care practitioner on this and get their approval before you decide. Once you get the consent, here are a few reasons to consider prenatal yoga.
➊ Manage the Mood Swings Better
Yoga is accepted worldwide, not only for the physical flexibility it provides but also for its soothing effect on the mind. During pregnancy, your hormones could wreak havoc, creating bouts of confusion, anxiety, and stress. ‘Cortisol,’ the stress hormone, is the villain here. It’s said that it further spikes up in the later trimesters. Don’t worry; here comes the good news. Per various studies, practicing prenatal yoga and meditation is proven effective in reducing cortisol production. As a result, emotionally, you feel better and in control than being carried away by the raging hormones.
➋ Safe Gentle Movements
Being physically active is essential during pregnancy. But it would be best if you carefully choose the proper movement. Even if it’s yoga, not all asanas are suitable during pregnancy. On the other hand, practicing prenatal yoga focuses on asanas that are safe and effective for pregnant women. It’s recommended that you attend prenatal yoga sessions under the guidance of a trained professional.
➌ Connecting With Your Tribe
Isn’t it a joyful experience to connect with soon-to-be moms in the same boat as yours?
Yes, it subconsciously gives you the message that you are not alone.
Attending group prenatal yoga classes provides a supportive environment where you meet your tribe of other pregnant women. For many women, being part of such a community that hears and supports each other itself is a healing experience. Here you could share your experiences.
➍ The Baby & Mommy Time
Prenatal yoga is designed not only for you but also for the baby within you. Unlike other physical exercises, here, the focus is on bonding with your little one. The beauty of maternal bonding is that it starts even before you see your baby’s face. The more you start taking care of your body, the more you feel the connection with the little one.
➎ Manage Your Body Aches Better
Due to changes in the physical body as the uterus expands, aches (especially in the lower back) are everyday during pregnancy. In prenatal yoga, the asanas that are followed are bound to bring relaxation to your muscles (for ex., the cat-cow pose, aka the Maarjaari asana, relaxes the back muscles and improves the flexibility of the spine).
It’s also helpful for the soon-to-be moms to sleep better and minimize conditions like nausea.
➏ Assisting the Body for a Smooth Labor Experience
In prenatal yoga, more focus is given to strengthening the hip area and pelvic muscles. The strength and flexibility of these muscles play a significant role in easing the labor pain and assisting the baby into the birthing position. While doing these asanas, always listen to your body and adjust the pace accordingly. The mindful breathing exercises taught in these sessions help pain management during labor. Many women who had attended prenatal yoga had reported having fewer complications during their deliveries. Yes, one more reason to join the prenatal yoga club!
For women, pregnancy brings challenges to deal with. Thankfully, we can manage them by practicing yoga and meditation and being mindful of our physical and emotional changes. It’s these practices that bring balance and ease in these demanding times. Find a prenatal yoga class that suits you. Get on the yoga mat and feel the peace and solace as you gently sway your body with your buddies. Enjoy your movement, your breath, and the guided meditations. It’s your me-time. Enjoy the sacred journey! Namaste.
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