Prenatal Yoga combines gentle breathing, stretching and toning, which can have many benefits for a pregnant woman, whether she is an avid yogi or beginner.
Get Moving! If you’re struggling to find ways to be active in pregnancy, prenatal yoga can be a great way to integrate gentle and safe exercise into your routine.
Reduce Stress Using breathing, visualization and meditation, yoga helps to calm anxieties surrounding the different stages of pregnancy.
Increase your Energy A gentle yoga practice can be the perfect remedy for your fatigue. Even a short 20 minute practice will give you a big boost!
Reduce Swelling Tired and swollen feet can be common, especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Yoga helps with circulation and reduces swelling, especially in poses like legs up the wall.
Yoga Breathing For Labour Using different types of breathing and sounding from yoga can be essential tools during labour.
Pelvic floor toning Specific pelvic floor, ‘Kegel’-like exercises will help strengthen the muscles that are used for labour and can lessen the complications that could arise.
Ouch! Pain be Gone Common aches during pregnancy including back aches and sore feet. Because the front and back of the body are so over stretched, prenatal yoga often focuses on stretching the sides of the body. This helps to work out the kinks that have developed over time.
Connect to your Growing Baby Visualizing the connection between you and your baby, is truly magical. As your pregnancy progresses and you start to actually feel your baby’s movements, it’s so wonderful to take the time in stillness and marvel at those little kicks.
Love your Changing Body Each woman is different, each pregnancy unique… What you may feel in your body could be completely different from your best friend. Your yoga mat gives you a space to be with your body as it navigates through these changes. Taking the time to connect means that we can truly marvel at this amazing process of creating life!
Cultivate Community A prenatal yoga class can also be a way to join a community of soon to be mamas and share experiences about pregnancy. It’s wonderful to relate to others going through this life changing experience.
Martina is an expectant mama, certified yoga instructor and wellness blogger. While studying and playing tennis for the University of Colorado in Boulder, she uncovered her love for yoga and everything holistic. Upon returning to Montreal, she became certified in Pre and Post Natal, Vinyasa, and Kids Yoga. She is currently studying Yoga Therapy with a specialization in Yoga for Women and Families. She is passionate about sharing her love for healthy food and is happiest in her kitchen and spending time with loved ones. Martina teaches pre and post natal yoga at Studio Vie in Montreal.