Pregnancy Yoga Classes
There are many positive benefits to taking a yoga class during pregnancy. Most classes are practised with a group of people, led by an instructor who is knowledgeable about the particular type of yoga class they are teaching. The instructor should advise on what yoga movements and what level of difficulty is the right level for an individual to be practising at.
Yoga is a form of exercise that can be participated in by beginners as well as the more experienced yoga enthusiasts. As learning and conditioning of the body occur, this allows for a progression into the more advanced levels. There are several different forms of yoga that one can practise …
Hatha yoga is a gentle yoga that focuses on posture and alignment of the body. Muscle tone, flexibility and a relaxed mind are accomplished through this form of yoga.
Anusara-inspired yoga uses energetic movements to foster a deeper connection with the body as a whole. It is common for partner work to be used in this type of class.
Flow yoga uses a dynamic series of positions that synchronise the breath with movements.
Power yoga also uses a series of sequences to encourage deep breathing, strength building, and flexibility. Beginners may feel challenged with this type of yoga if they have not practised movements before.
Core yoga focuses mainly on the body’s core strength through non-impact and repetitive movements.
Ashtanga yoga’s focus is on breathing and performing common yoga postures. This form of yoga class is excellent for all levels.
Kundalini yoga uses energetic movements that focus on the spine and its range of movement, coupled with breathing exercises. The rhythmic actions awaken the body and senses.
Anusara yoga uses very precise principles of aligning the body with energetic movements. The philosophy behind this class is to establish a deep connection with the body, mind and the spirit.
Different forms of yoga may be of benefit to certain physical or mental challenges that a woman may be experiencing. Finding the right form of yoga to achieve the maximum health benefit is important. A variety of yoga classes may be participated in in order to maintain interest in the practice of yoga. The variety of classes that are offered allow one to experience different techniques in order to challenge the body in several ways.
Other forms of yoga not suitable for pregnant women
There are certain forms of yoga that are not suitable for pregnant women, but are good to know about for later on, when you are no longer pregnant and are looking for a new form of yoga to practise. These are:
Yin yoga – this is useful for enhancing joint flexibility and mobility through a healing of the body’s connective tissues. Pregnant women should not take this class.
Hot Yin yoga is practised in a room that is heated to 30ºC, and is therefore not recommended for pregnant women. This is a slower-paced class used for deep stretching exercises especially focussed on the hips, pelvis and spine. As a more therapeutic class, it can be used to balance the active nature of the more energetic and “yang” style of classes.
A hot class uses an even higher room temperature of 40ºC to enhance participants’ ability to sweat and release toxins. Strength and flexibility are focussed on. Again, this programme is not recommended for pregnant women.