Research has shown that practicing prenatal yoga 3 times a week can:
Lessen labor pain
- Synchronization of breath awareness and muscle relaxation help to decrease tension. For pregnancy, this also reduces the laboring mother’s perception of pain during labor.
- According to the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth, “practicing (prenatal) yoga postures over time (during pregnancy) alters pain pathways through the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing one’s need to actively respond to unpleasant physical sensations.” So laboring mothers perceive less pain in labor.
- One study proved that practicing prenatal yoga during pregnancy 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.”
- Prenatal yoga relieves 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 during pregnancy and all that extra weight of a growing baby in the front.
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.
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1.Research on Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy
Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (sVYASA), Bangalore 560019.
PMID: 16008324 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Jun;11(3):459-64.