Pregnancy is a sacred and spiritual journey to welcome a child into the world, but can also be challenging, as adjustments are made to the changes in body and mind. So what can you do to have a pleasant experience for nine months?
The practice of Yoga while pregnant allows women to remain active when other forms of exercise might become too cumbersome for a blooming baby belly. Yoga also provides a conduit for the mother to spiritually bond with her unborn child.
How Yoga helps an expectant mom:
- Yoga helps pregnant women embrace their new bodies and to love and appreciate the growing curves.
- Despite a growing baby bump, stretch marks and puffiness from water retention, yoga enables women to understand that their bodies are vessels of remarkable strength and miraculous wonder.
- Yoga is safe and effective for pregnant women when practised under guidance, in addition to providing relief during pregnancy; it can help prepare your body for labour and delivery.
- The conscious effort to take deep breaths during the performance of postures quells stress hormones and triggers relaxation. The ujjayi pranayama and alternate nostril breathing techniques are meant to be highly beneficial for the mother and the child by encouraging more oxygen flow in the body.
- While yoga is a safe workout for pregnant mothers, it is advised that during pregnancy women should avoid poses that require you to be still or lie on your back for long periods.
5 Safe Yoga Asanas You Must Try During Pregnancy:
Marjaryasana /Bitilasana (Cat/Cow Pose) :
If you’re experiencing back pain, you will need to manoeuvre between the two poses. This basic set of movements stretches the spine and permits your belly to relax. Start on all fours. Inhale and look up, allowing the back to bend gently (without placing emphasis on the low spine). As you exhale, push your spine up, tuck the head, and curl inward, looking down and toward the navel. Continue to move through both poses as you inhale and exhale.