Prenatal Yoga Course is suitable even for complete beginners and every mum must be over 13-14 weeks (usually after first scan).
Pregnancy is one of the most amazing experiences of a woman’s life. Many women are surprised by body changes that pop up. During this special time yoga practice can help address some of these changes in a positive way.
Yoga has long been recognized, by doctors and midwives to be one of the most effective means of easing birth.
Breathing techniques learnt in prenatal yoga can be used at any time during pregnancy and after. The breathing exercises relax the nervous system and bring increased oxygen to the body and therefore the baby. Many women find them very useful during labor to help deal with the contractions and later to sooth the baby.
Pregnancy yoga is different from general yoga. Yoga poses are adapted to accommodate the changes in the body and help relieve some of the common ailments often associated with pregnancy such as: backache, heartburn, nausea etc. By practicing yoga, the body is strengthened and toned. Many women find that they regain their shape and fitness quicker after giving birth.
Yoga during pregnancy is generally very safe and is a great way to connect with your baby. The classes are also an opportunity to meet other mums-to-be who live locally.
Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga
For example, studies have suggested that prenatal yoga can:
· Improve sleep
· Reduce stress and anxiety
· Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
· Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
· Helps to meet and bond with other pregnant women
Postnatal sessions are suitable for mums after they are signed off by GP with babies before they are 'on the move' (no previous yoga experience required).
Yoga is a wonderful way to look after the body in the months after birth. It brings a sense of well-being and equilibrium, minimizes tiredness and aches and pains and helps to keep a good posture and to relax. New mums naturally dedicate most of their time and energy to their new babies, and this can lead to tiredness and feeling overwhelmed. Postnatal sessions are an unique time only for the mum to feel good, and to revitalizes.
During postnatal yoga, special attention is brought to re-toning the abdomen and pelvic floor muscles. At the same time practicing mindful breathing with yoga poses, that gently stretch, rebalance, alleviate tension and fatigue from body and mind.
A specially designed sequence of postures strengthening the lower back and releasing accumulated tension in the shoulders and upper back, which may be tired from holding, nursing and carrying.
It takes approximately six months for the body to fully recover from pregnancy and childbirth. Wise and careful choice of exercises is essential to keep your body in good shape and health. Postnatal yoga supported by a qualified teacher is one of the safest and most effective way to recover after pregnancy and labour.
It is important to rest initially. The first 6 weeks after birth are a time for bonding with the baby and for the mother to recover. By the end of this time, women might be ready to return to their regular activities, but it is important to listen to what the body is ready to do. Women should be careful and not rush back into usual activities. Consult your GP for advice on when to resume practicing.
Benefits of Postnatal Yoga
Anna Caplin, a fully qualified Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teacher, accredited by Yoga Alliance UK.
“My yoga sessions for mums and mums to be are very gentle and safe. They are designed to help to enjoy pregnancy and the period after with minimal discomfort, cultivate breath awareness and strengthen the body in preparation for labor and assist recovery. Every one of them will include yoga sequences specifically adapted for pregnancy or postnatal period to appreciate the benefits of practice. Every class ends with a guided relaxation allowing the body to release tensions and the mind to become still. Yoga during pregnancy creates the unique connection between the mother and baby. Both mother and baby are nourished and energy is renewed. Postnatal classes empower new mums to accept changes in their bodies and adapt to their new role. Yoga in my opinion is also a safe way to get fit, healthy, vital and strong again.”