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Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga

Yoga can help a woman prepare for pregnancy by offering techniques to relax and strengthen the entire body.

In general, yoga exercises work on the strengthening of the body’s reproductive organs, as well as the pelvis, to facilitate a more comfortable pregnancy and an easier delivery.

The good functioning of the organs will ensure a supply of blood and nutrients to the developing foetus that is at an optimal level. Breathing or pranayama exercises use techniques that will help to ensure a high amount of oxygen supply is available and delivered to both the mother and the baby.

Fitness during pregnancy will be increased by utilising these particular exercises. Mudras and Bandhas use the psychological and physical stimulation to affect the overall functioning of the reproductive organs. By using meditative practices, an expectant mother will be freed from worry and fear about the development and birth of the baby. Meditation also seeks to allow the mother to connect in a powerful way with her developing foetus. Deep relaxation is important in the development of the baby, preparation for delivery, and as part of the recovery process. Using techniques from Yoga Nidra, which is known as yogic sleep, a woman can gain incredible benefits from deep relaxation.

A yoga session should be carried out on a weekly basis or more frequently throughout pregnancy in order to obtain maximum benefits for both mother and baby. The benefit that yoga has over other exercises is that while most other forms of being active are focussed on building strength and control of the body, yoga accomplishes this in a gentle manner while teaching the body to soften and give.

Women will feel a deeper connection with their body and their baby, and be able to let the process of birth occur naturally without strain, while letting go of the baby who is emerging from the womb. Yoga is also able to train a woman to breathe properly in order to facilitate the muscle contractions in sync with proper breathing techniques to make labour as easy as possible.

Some of the pain of labour is due to a woman trying to resist the forces of labour in an unconscious manner. Once she learns to breathe along with the sensations of stretching and maintaining a particular pose, she will be able to work with her body’s natural process of contraction. Yoga may be practised at home once techniques have been learned from a yoga teacher, video learning or as part of a class. Yoga balances the body and mind, and teaches a woman how to focus on her body while at the same time reducing levels of stress. 

By incorporating yoga into pregnancy care, a woman will feel better about her pregnancy and feel more comfortable throughout this important life experience.


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