My discovery of pregnancy yoga occurred totally by accident. I was filling in for a fellow yoga instructor at a local museum. This venue always attracted an eclectic mix of enthusiastic yogis, college students, and various art loving bohemians. During the class I noticed that one tiny brown haired lady was truly doing her own thing. When we went into a series of twists, she performed a series of down dogs. If we went into bow, she did a forward bend. This was beyond modification. Little sister was having her own class. I began to make my way around the room offering adjustments and support as needed until I finally arrived at the brunette lass still deeply immersed in her own unique flow. Upon spotting me she popped up and as if reading my mind, “Sorry, about going solo, I love the class, but I’m too big now for my normal session. A full appraisal revealed that the wee woman was not so wee after all. Large with child she was passionately doing yoga for two. Her desire for the benefits of yoga well into her third trimester inspired me to learn how yoga can improve the well-being of mother and unborn child.
The stability that yoga provides is not just physical, but, also mental and emotional. Yoga mommies feel stronger, more able to cope with life. Most yoga instructors will teach their students the importance of staying in the moment. This powerful ability allows moms-to-be to deal with the right now and know that they will have the necessary strength to deal with future challenges when they arise. My students often remark on how empowered they feel as a result of their yoga during pregnancy versus their previous pregnancies sans yoga.
Being a mom is arguably the most stressful job any woman will undertake. The nine months leading up to motherhood are no walk in the park either. Stress can wreak havoc on the mind and body leading to illnesses such as depression, anxiety, or high blood pressure.
These illnesses are especially dangerous during pregnancy as their effects harm both mother and unborn child. A regular yoga practice during pregnancy can alleviate the stress that expectant mothers often experience. A major tenet of yoga is breath control. The steady rhythmic breath used during a yoga soothes the nervous system of mother and baby reaps the benefits. That breath control will also come in handy once labor begins allowing mom to focus and relax as deeply as possible.
Yoga during pregnancy can empower the muscles used during labor. Poses like bound angle, goddess pose and full squat stabilize and strengthen the pelvic floor while opening the hip muscles. This gives the mom to be extra muscle she needs to complete the rigors of labor. A toned and conditioned pelvic floor can also lead to a speedier labor. Twenty minutes of pregnancy yoga a day can give a lifetime of benefits to mom and her little yogi to be.