Prenatal Yoga - Connect with the baby growing inside you and prepare your body and mind for labour and delivery
Pregnancy must be one of the most amazing experiences a woman goes through, and probably there is no better way to stay fit, calm and prepare for childbirth than with Yoga.
Research suggests that Prenatal Yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. Some of the benefits include:
* Improved sleep;
* Reduced stress and anxiety
* Increased strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
* Decreased lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
* Decreased risk of preterm labour, pregnancy-induces hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction (slowing baby's growth)
A typical Prenatal Yoga class starts with slow and deep breathing techniques (Pranayama) that helps with the shortness of breath and teaches you how to manage better the contractions during labour. The class continues with gentle stretches that keep your joints moist and release tension while exploring their full range of motion. Students are then guided through a variety of standing, balancing or seated asanas (poses) aimed at developing strength, flexibility and balance. The class ends in modified Shavasana (corps pose) to help you relax your muscles and restore your heart rate and breathing rhythm. You will be gently encouraged to connect with the growing baby inside you with the help of a guided visualisation.
You will leave the Prenatal Yoga class feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, with a sense of well-being and love for yourself and your baby.