For beginners and experienced yogis to help prepare your body and mind for childbirth. Mindfully connect with your baby, strengthen your body, learn breathing techniques and optimal birthing positions.
Pregnancy is an amazing journey for a woman, both mentally and physically. Practising pregnancy yoga can help a woman adapt to the changes in her body in a positive way, learning safe and effective yoga poses, breathing techniques and comfortable relaxation.
This gentle relaxing approach to yoga helps to reduce fatigue and tension while promoting strength, flexibility, increased energy and circulation. It can be used to relieve some of the common ailments associated with pregnancy – back pain, nausea, heartburn, shortness of breath and swelling (oedema). It can also help women prepare for the delivery of their baby and gives them time and space to connect with their unborn child. Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the challenges of being a new parent.
What to expect:
Modified yoga poses avoiding belly down positions, lying on your back, crunches, forward folds with narrow legs, deep twists, inversions and hot yoga. This picture shows Adho Mukha Svanasana Downward Dog. This is a lovely stretch for easing out any stiffness in the back of your legs and stretching out your back and shoulders. A slight widening of the feet is recommended to accommodate the growing belly and create space in the pelvis. After 30 weeks only hold for 30 seconds. Avoid with reflux, very high or very low blood pressure, placenta problems, and/or are being monitored weekly for excess amniotic fluid.
Please inform your pregnancy yoga teacher of any previous or current complications in your pregnancy. You may need a signed consent form from your GP. Your teacher can recommend and adapt certain postures for you e.g. Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction (PSD) and Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) avoid wide leg poses