“Each class was for me a time to become more intimately acquainted with my son. It forced me to slow down for that hour and really think about my relationship with him. I visualized giving birth,holding him and spending the rest of my life with him. It made me feel better about myself as a mother-to-be.”Maria T, Carlsbad, CA
Pregnant women are trying yoga for the first time, and experienced yoginis are adapting their practices in prenatal yoga classes. Doctors and midwives are recommending prenatal yoga to their patients, while hospitals are providing access to prenatal yoga as part of a healthy route to a more comfortable pregnancy, a healthier birthing process, and a healthy baby. You can become relaxed and energized, reduce anxiety, improve your health, and increase strength and flexibility.
Research has shown that practicing prenatal yoga 3 times a week can shorten labor, and lessen labor pain. How? Synchronization of breath awareness and muscle relaxation help to decrease tension. This also reduces the laboring mother’s perception of pain. According to the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth, “practicing yoga postures over time alters pain pathways through the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing one’s need to actively respond to unpleasant physical sensations.”
One study proved that practicing yoga can help expectant mothers’ experience a healthier pregnancy: “Occurrence of complications of pregnancy (pregnancy-induced hypertension, intrauterine growth retardation, pre-term delivery) shows lower trends in yoga group.”1
Why suffer through back pain during pregnancy, when yoga can relieve that back pain? Some women may feel like resting is the only option, when, in fact, stretching and strengthening back and belly will improve the ability of the abdominal muscles to better support the low back and all that extra weight growing in the front. “I really had no pregnancy discomfort this time and I KNOW it was due to prenatal yoga.” Vicky W., Oceanside, CA.
The joy and excitement of a new family member on the way can sometimes be overwhelmed by the stresses of a constantly changing body, morning sickness, edema (swelling), and worries about the challenges facing new parents. Yoga is the oldest form of stress relief dating back 5000 years. Yoga techniques reduce stress through controlled breathing, meditation, physical movement, and stretching. Yoga is defined as “Union”. By bringing together mind, body, and spirit, improvement of one’s health and well-being are the biggest payoffs.
Why suffer, when you can actually enjoy your pregnancy? Nancy B. from Poway, CA says, “I have loved your class and look forward to it every week. You have been such a joy for me and have really helped me enjoy…no love, this pregnancy.THANK YOU!” Erin N. from Escondido said, “Prenatal yoga made me feel physically and emotionally strong. I felt such a strong bond with my baby during and after every class.”
Looking for Prenatal Yoga classes in Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos? Prenatal Yoga with Yoga Janda can be found at Babies In Bloom at 1948 Via Centre Vista, CA 92081. There are classes two days a week in Vista and you’ll also find classes online. You can practice anywhere with Liza on YogaDownload.com
Or on the Classes and Events Page at www.pph.org
1.Research on Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy
Efficacy of yoga in pregnant women with abnormal Doppler study of umbilical and uterine arteries.Narendran S, Nagarathna R, Gunasheela S, Nagendra HR.
Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (sVYASA), Bangalore 560019.
PMID: 16008324 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Jun;11(3):459-64.