The benefits of antenatal yoga.
I started teaching pregnancy yoga classes in order to be able to pass on the benefits of yoga to mum’s and mum’s-to-be!
The three most beneficial reasons for pregnant ladies to participate in pregnancy yoga classes are
- Allows time for Mum and baby to bond
- Breath work is beneficial for child- birth and the meditation for later months.
- Improved postures generally, with a greater understanding of the pelvis for optimal foetal positioning.
My favourite part of teaching antenatal yoga is that I am able to see the benefits to the ladies immediately. The Mums-to-be come out of class having learnt something which they have reaped the benefits of and also feel relaxed and ready for the rest of their day/evening.
Having spent time in one of my antenatal classes Mums-to-be, walk away having spent the time connecting with their baby and having listened to their bodies. They have learnt something that will help them during their pregnancy and child birth. A particularly important part of the class is connecting with other Mum’s and sharing experiences, which is really beneficial for first time Mum’s.
Five words which best describe my antenatal classes
My advice to any lady who is considering attending a pregnancy Yoga class would be
- No previous Yoga experience is necessary to attend a pregnancy Yoga class as it is suitable for beginners and all other levels.
- Wait until you are 14 weeks before attending a pregnancy yoga class and ensure that you inform your health professional of your attendance.
- Clothing should be loose and comfortable to keep you cool and it is preferred that you practise in bare feet to avoid slipping.
- Bring a bottle of water and take smalls sips. It is ok to eat a healthy snack before class if you heaven’t eaten for several hours. Try not to eat a meal one or two hours before class.
- Listen carefully to your body, it is often the best guide of what you can or cannot do.
- If you feel any discomfort, stop. It is better not to hold standing positions for too long.
- Particular attention should be paid to the pelvic floor awareness during postures and breathing practise.
- Be gentle with yourself and enjoy your practise.
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