Some of the benefits of practicing yoga during pregnancy include:
1. Develops stamina and strength
As baby grows within our body, more energy and strength is needed to be able to carry the weight. Yoga poses strengthen our hips,
back, arms and shoulders.
Prenatal Yoga: Sun Salutation >>
Our balance is challenged physically as the fetus grows withinour body. Emotionally we are drained due to the increases in progesterone and estrogen. As we try to focus on holding and breathing through each yoga
pose, we are able to fine tune our balance, physically and emotionally.
Prenatal Yoga: Tree Pose >>
3. Relieves tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders
As baby grows, more stress is put upon these specific muscle
groups in our bodies. We tend to have more of a lordotic/lower back curve
due to the increased size of our bellies. Our hips get tighter due to the added pressure of baby’s
weight in our bellies. As our breasts increase in size, our upper back and
chest have more tension, along with our neck and shoulders.
Prenatal Yoga: Goddess Pose >>
4. Calms the nervous system
Through deep breathing, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which is
responsible for relaxation. When our bodies are in that mode, our
digestions operate properly, we tend to sleep better, and our immune system is
at its optimal.
Prenatal Yoga: Pregnancy Meditation
and Resting Shivasana Pose >>
6. Connection with baby
A prenatal yoga practice allows us to slow down and focus attention on what is going on within
our bodies. Through working with our breath and doing each pose, you become
more aware of what is going on within.
Prenatal Yoga: Chest Opener >>
7. Increases circulation
Circulation is enhanced within our joints and our muscles are elongated during practice.
Upon circulation of the blood within our bodies, swelling is decreased
and our immunity is enhanced, creating a healthy environment for a thriving
Prenatal Yoga: Standing Flow Poses >>
8. Breathwork practice
This is a good tool for labor during contractions. If we are consciously breathing, our blood
pressure and heart rate is regulated keeping us in parasympathetic/relaxation
mode. Calm mama equals calm baby.
9. Sense of community/sisterhood
It can be very comforting to be with a group of women who understand what we are going through.
10. Nurturing time
This time allows us to stop and slow down from our busy days.
Through the practice of yoga, you are setting intention in taking care of
not only yourself, but of baby.