Why should I do Pregnancy Yoga?
Yoga offers you a wonderful starting point to relax and enjoy your pregnancy and is widely recommended by midwives and doctors to expectant mothers.
Consistent practice enhances the vitality, mobility, general health and emotional well-being of the expectant mother; it also provides a valuable quiet space in which to form a bond with the unborn child and to prepare for birth.
More than anything, these classes will help you to become more comfortable with yourself during pregnancy, get in shape for labour and aid recovery once the baby is born.
Who is Pregnancy Yoga suitable for?
As certain yoga practices or postures may be contra-indicated during pregnancy, it is strongly recommend that pregnant ladies attend specialist classes. These classes offer a wide range of different styles and strengths to suit all needs, suited to all stages of pregnancy from 12-42 weeks.
When should you start Pregnancy Yoga?
It is recommend that you do not come to class in your first 12 weeks as your body and that of your baby are changing rapidly at this time and some yoga practices may be risky.
From 12 weeks onwards, if a scan has confirmed your pregnancy is proceeding normally, you are welcome to come to class.
What to expect in a Pregnancy Yoga class
Pregnancy classes work on building strength both internally and physically using stamina building exercises, breath and sound work—suited to all stages of pregnancy from 12 to 42 weeks.
Though each class includes moderate exercise, the emphasis is on safety and appropriateness for you, and on the safety of your child. It's not recommended to do excessive aerobic exercise, fast movements, inversions or jumping practices during pregnancy or straight after birth.
Attending a general yoga class during pregnancy
If you had a regular yoga practise prior to becoming pregnant you may choose to continue attending a general class while pregnant. However, please remember to tell the teacher before the class starts and to abide by their decision whether the class in general, or any specific practices within it, will be inappropriate for you. This may depend both on the stage of your pregnancy and the amount of yoga experience which you have.
The benefits of pregnancy yoga
. Your body gets more support
. Your important muscle groups get toned
. You're better prepared for labour and delivery
. You will connect more with your baby
. You may find relief from common pregnancy complaints
. Relieves tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders
. Calms the nervous system
. Increases circulation
. You could have a healthier pregnancy
. You will make friends with like minded mummy's
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