Yoga for Pregnant Women
Yoga for pregnant women is becoming more popular than before.
Many pregnant women say it is a great way to keep fit. Practicing yoga during pregnancy is
one of the best ways to mental preparedness and good physical shape for an expectant mother.
It is excellent at preparing the mother’s body for labour and maintaining internal
harmony. Using the right yoga routines women find it is a great way to stay fit, as well as helping them with
breathing and relaxing.
There are two parts to yoga, meditation and exercises. I will start by looking at the
Meditation has many benefits and is an important part of prenatal yoga aiding in helping
lower the stresses of childbirth. Meditation can also help enhance concentration and inner focus as well.
Plus, it helps to also bring awareness of oneself and a deeper sense of connection to your unborn child.
Apart from the above it is also useful in helping you after the birth to centre and quiet
the mind which helps restore a sense of balance, leading to a greater capacity to handle the demands of
To get the best results meditating on a regular basis for example once a day or once every
two days. Of course this is dependent on how much time you have to spare and what fits in with your
On the Yoga exercises for pregnant women, I would also advise you to consult your doctor
first before doing any exercises. Even if you are experienced you should check with your doctor first. Next go to
local classes if possible. There are many Yoga for pregnant women classes out there with
experienced teachers, and this gives you a chance to meet other mums to be.
There are a lot of good instructional books and DVDs specialising just on Yoga for Pregnant
Women. Read the reviews and get hold of a good one.
Even so, avoid any poses which you feel uncomfortable with. Do not do any exercises such as
back bends, headstands, handstands, the Camel and Upward Bow. All pregnant women should avoid face-down postures
that stress the weight of the body on the belly, including cobra, locust, and bow poses. You will also want
to stay away from poses that might stretch your lower torso muscles too much, especially your abdominal muscles.
Avoid balancing postures where overbalancing could occur.
Early research suggests that yoga done correctly during pregnancy is safe and may improve
outcomes for the mother before, during and after. Increased physical fitness coupled with the ability to relax and
control breathing is definitely a boost to all pregnant women.
Yoga for pregnant women is an excellent way to tone your muscles, increase your stamina, improve blood
circulation, relax and relieve tension through controlled and deep breathing.
Get a video or book that is specifically designed for Yoga for Pregnant mothers or contact
your local prenatal yoga class. You will be pleased you did.
There are many other variations of yoga apart from these that I just mentioned however they all
feature the same philosophy of getting the mind and body to operate as one to bring about a harmony in your daily