Benefits of prenatal yoga classes:

We teach you how to bring greater awareness and support to your body, especially your muscles and pelvis! With a focused practice on the pelvic floor bringing stronger, more flexible perennial muscles, this yoga class may help in the delivery process by reducing the risk of tearing, urinary incontinence and allowing you to participate in the birthing process in a more conscious way.

Pregnancy has a profound impact on a woman’s being. The journey towards motherhood can be one that is emotionally, psychologically and physically challenging. Yoga is a safe and ancient practice that can help bring balance, flexibility and strength during this miraculous time in a woman’s life.

  • Techniques such as Yoga Nidra which promote deep relaxation are useful for alleviating symptoms such as nausea and lethargy.
  • Yoga promotes an openness and a state of contentment that are helpful in releasing attachment and worries.
  • Evidence has shown that women who exercise regularly during pregnancy avoid excess weight gain.
  • Yoga helps to improve mood and sleep patterns and reduces stress. Studies have shown that it can also help prevent pre and postnatal depression.
  • Regular yoga practice may also contribute to a shorter, easier labour and less likelihood of induction.

In the second trimester

This is the perfect time to begin cultivating strength and stamina. The initial lethargy and nausea has decreased and the mother to be is often feeling at her best. Yoga builds strength in the internal support for the inevitable challenge to balance and ease that happens as the baby grows.

Yoga practice helps us to avoid injury as we strengthen muscles that support the movement of bones that occurs with the release of the hormone relaxin. Poses helping to alleviate and prevent musculoskeletal conditions such as pelvic instability and back pain. Yoga helps the mother connect to her baby. Using visualization and meditation techniques that allow the mum an hour each week to connect with their unborn baby, take notice of how their body is changing and address any issues that may arise.

Yoga has many techniques to assist in labour:

  1. Breath work
  2. Mediation
  3. Surrendering of expectations
  4. Learning to listen to your body

In the third trimester:

This is a time for practicing restorative postures and bringing body awareness. We learn techniques such as meditation, breath work and visualisation that will be helpful in labour. We focus on cultivating energy and preventing injury as relaxin is high and the ligaments are softening throughout the body. Yoga helps prevent weak knees, lower back pain, sacroiliac and joint instability.

Breath work during labour, helps to keep us calm and focused. It also helps to avoid anxiety that can prolong the birth process. Learning to breathe through the minor discomforts of yoga practice is a great tool mums can bring into the labour ward.

Gentle hip and pelvic openers at this time, improve blood supply, relax the muscles and clear energetic blocks that prepare the mother for birth. Many of these poses can be utilized during labour, helping to ease contractions whilst encouraging gravity to assist in the baby’s delivery.

During the last trimester:

We practice ‘letting go’ of the pelvic floor which encourages dilation of the cervix during labour.

Yoga helps prepare women for child birth by helping them to become more aware of their breath and learning how to concentrate on their breathing to focus their minds.

The benefits don’t stop when baby arrives as yoga has taught mums a range of skill they can take into motherhood, such as becoming more patient, dealing with stress, relaxation techniques and remaining calm during the challenging times.