Why Prenatal Yoga

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Set aside your ego and honor where your body is on this journey. Practice loving compassion for yourself and baby. Prenatal yoga is one of the best things that you can do for yourself, as well as your growing baby.

The prenatal yoga poses we do in my Born to Breathe classes are safe for every trimester and will strengthen, center and calm your body and mind.  Some of the benefits of practicing yoga during pregnancy include:

1. Develops stamina and strength  As baby grows within your body, more energy and strength is needed to be able to carry the weight.  Yoga poses strengthen your hips, back, arms and shoulders.

2. Balance  Your balance is challenged physically as the fetus grows within your body. Emotionally you are drained due to the increases in progesterone and estrogen. As you try to focus on holding and breathing through each yoga pose, you are able to fine tune your balance, physically and emotionally.

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 your bodies.  You tend to have more of a lower back curve due to the increased size of your bellies.  Your hips get tighter due to the added pressure of baby’s weight.  As your breasts increase in size, your upper back and chest have more tension, along with your neck and shoulders.

4. Calms the nervous system  Through deep breathing, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which is responsible for relaxation.  When your bodies are in that mode, your digestion operates properly, you tend to sleep better, and your immune system is at its optimal.

5.  Preparation for Labor  You are working with conscious breathing during each yoga pose, which may sometimes be challenging. This transfers into the time of labor, allowing one to practice being “comfortable with the uncomfortable” through your breath work.  As you inhale, you acknowledge the tension that is felt. As you deeply exhale, you let go of it more and more with each breath.

6.  Connection with baby  A prenatal yoga practice allows you to slow down and focus attention on what is going on within your bodies. Through working with your breath and doing each pose, you become more aware of what is going on within.

7. Increases circulation  Circulation is enhanced within your joints and your muscles are elongated during practice.  Upon circulation of the blood within your bodies, swelling is decreased and your immunity is enhanced, creating a healthy environment for a thriving baby.

8. Breath work practice  This is a good tool for labor during contractions.  If you are consciously breathing, your blood pressure and heart rate is regulated keeping you 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 you are going through.

10. Nurturing time  This time allows you to stop and slow down from your busy day.  Through the practice of yoga, you are setting intention in taking care of not only yourself, but baby as well.

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