Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy and Beyond
The monumental changes occurring in our bodies when we become pregnant demand that we are more in touch with and sensitive to our physical and psychological needs and the needs of our unborn child.
Yoga teaches us to be aware of the tensions and resistances we hold within our bodies that can contribute to physical and mental disharmony and disease. Never more so than in pregnancy and childbirth is it so important to allow the process of growth and change to unfold creatively.
Yoga is the perfect exercise for pregnant women, preparing the body and mind for giving birth and for the demands of motherhood. We make space in our bodies and in our lives to be more present, we learn to let go of tension and fear and to trust in our birth giving instincts.
The practice of gently stretching in the yoga poses improves posture by bringing the whole body into alignment, strengthening without tightening the muscles and protecting the joints whose ligaments are more vulnerable under the influence of the pregnancy hormones.
Flexibility and stability are increased and some of the minor ailments of pregnancy can be avoided, such as back ache and symphysis pubis pain. Internal pelvic diameters are maximized, thus encouraging the descent of the baby into the pelvis in the weeks leading up to the onset of labour.
Circulation too, is improved and tissues remain healthy. Pelvic floor muscles are toned, thus reducing the risk of trauma to the mothers perineum during giving birth.