Yoga For Pregnancy: Connect with Your Body and Baby
Yoga and pregnancy go together wonderfully. In India there were certain yoga postures and breathing practices traditionally taught to help with strength, hormonal balance, and relaxation leading up to birth.
As pregnancy progresses, women will begin to sense change in feeling, change in heartbeat, digestive capacities and how the body reacts to certain movements. All of these sensations are recognized as thoughts, however they actually begin as bodily messages. By quieting the mind through yoga, it allows pregnant women to better tune into these messages which the body and baby are sending. Awareness of these thoughts, sensations, and emotions will help the journey of pregnancy by:
- Improving sleep.
- Reducing stress and anxiety.
- Increasing the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth.
- Decreasing lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath.
Listen to my full discussion on the benefits of yoga during pregnancy here.
All of the simple postures, deep breathing exercises and gentle stretching exercises on YOGA365 are suitable and non-strenuous for women who are pregnant.