of yoga for pregnancy and birth
Gentle exercise during pregnancy is good (and safe) for you and your baby. The NHS cites a long list of benefits including; improving energy levels, sleep and circulation. Maintaining a healthy weight. Reducing stress and anxiety. Lower the risk of varicose veins reduce swelling. Control blood pressure. Reduce the length of labour and delivery complications and help in postnatal recovery!
The NHS suggests that if you are used to doing regular exercise, keep it up, but do what feels comfortable for your body and don't push yourself. If you're not used to exercising, or haven't done any in a while, try starting off with 10 minutes of daily activity. Whatever your fitness level it's important you listen to your body and do what feels right for you.
So What is Special About Yoga?
Pregnancy yoga is safe and accessible for all, whether you are completely new to exercise, or a regular yoga practitioner. Yoga is about you - the exercises offered can be tailored to you and your pace, and most importantly you are in control - yoga empowers the practitioner to listen to their body. If you need to relax, or take a break, or even grab a snack - you can do it :)
Relaxation Techniques used in yoga can help you cope with stressful situations. Breathing techniques and meditation can help you feel calmer and bring down levels of cortisol.
Gentle Exercise can help you manage feelings of worry and stress reducing symptoms of anxiety.
Certain Poses can relieve leg cramps and restless legs, help with back pain or hip pain, and prepare your body for delivery.
You can make many postures part of your daily routine, bringing benefit both on and off the mat.
All students need to complete and return a booking form before attending their first session of pregnancy yoga. If you have any queries or questions, please contact amala yoga, your midwife or doctor for further guidance.
The form can be accessed HERE.
What to expect?
Cat studied yoga for pregnancy and birth with the highly regarded and respected Lisa White and Uma Dinsmore - Tuli of Womb Yoga and her classes reflect the key principles:
-To design and teach appropriate yoga classes to all pregnant women, including those with previous yoga experience and practice and those who are new to yoga.
-Teach a full range of holistic yoga techniques (not just postures) that enhance a woman's emotional, psychic and physical experience of pregnancy and as a preparation for motherhood.
-Hold women’s circle space for pregnant women and their unborn babies with respect and sensitivity
During the classes we will enjoy asana (postures), supported posture work (using walls and chairs), restorative practices, pranyama (breathing practices), sound practices and yoga nidra (deep relaxation).
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