Pregnancy Yoga
Posted by: cnyha on May 25, 2009 in news

Pregnancy and birthing are wonderful stages in a woman’s life. In Prenatal yoga, you will connect with your innate feminine wisdom that guides you through your pregnancy. You will learn yoga postures (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama) that are specifically designed for pregnancy, as well as for the “grand finale” of birth.

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga During Your Pregnancy
There are many emotional and physical benefits gained from prenatal yoga. In prenatal yoga, you will strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation to both mother and baby, aid in digestion and elimination, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort. You will develop a deeper understanding and connection with your body and your baby, and learn important relaxation techniques and positioning options that can be used during birth. The strength and stamina you will build during the classes will help lead to a faster postnatal recovery.You will also practice specific postures designed to help alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy including:
· nausea and constipation
· emotional and physical fatigue
· varicose veins
· swelling and inflammation around your joints
· low back pain and sciatica
· headaches
· fear and worry

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga for Labor and Birth
Regular practice of prenatal yoga can help promote relaxation, strength, and confidence during your birth. You will remember and draw upon the tools you learned in class to facilitate the labor process, soothe and empower yourself by finding your own rhythm, and improve your physical comfort. Most importantly, you will be familiar with the muscles of the pelvic floor and be more likely to use them effectively. You will also know ways to relax during and between your contractions. These benefits can all lead to a safer and more emotionally satisfying birth.

At least 2 classes per week are recommended to help facilitate a more comfortable pregnancy, birth and postnatal recovery. The classes are open to students of all levels and abilities.

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