Many of us know the benefits of practicing yoga (stress relief, improving flexibility, etc) but not everyone is sure of benefits of pre and post-natal yoga. For some, pregnancy is stressful. It seems like there are so many things to worry about (and the baby isn’t even born yet!). yoga can help you make time to not only bond with the tiny babe in your belly, but also to clear your mind and slow your thoughts. Quietly moving in and out of the poses, you can practice listening to your body and become more aware of all of its beautiful curves. As your body prepares for baby’s birth day, it’s important to maintain core strength while improving flexibility, stability, and openness in the hips and pelvis in a way that won’t compromise your joints (which can be weakened by pregnancy hormones)
A well trained prenatal yoga instructor can help you modify your practice to safely support your changing body through each trimester. No matter what your birth plan, practicing deep breathing and focusing activities can help you feel more prepared for the big day.