Yoga during pregnancy and its benefits
There are many benefits to practising prenatal yoga. It can help women get through their pregnancy with minimal discomfort and also helps the birth and post-delivery stages. During this period of life, yoga can help greatly by accommodating the changes that take place on all levels of your being.
On a physical level:
It helps develop stamina and strength. Your hips, back, arms and shoulders become stronger to help you carry the weight of your growing baby.
Increases your overall comfort by removing tension and muscle tightness alleviating some of the common discomforts of pregnancy.
Posture is also improved by yoga and this can help ease back problems, which are common in pregnant women.
Yoga helps to prepare for the birth - it encourages breath and body awareness, reduces worry and teaches women to adapt to new situations.
By learning to breathe deeply, you will be better equipped to face the physical demands of labour, birth, and motherhood. In addition, it will help you to stay calm when you need it most.
A regular yoga practice will help you fight the urge to tighten up when you feel pain, and show you how to relax instead.
Your body becomes more flexible, which enables you to adapt to various positions when in labour and your ligaments are more elastic, which in turn can help to reduce labour pain.
Maintains your overall body fitness and increases your energy and vitality
It calms the nervous system, aiding your digestion to operate properly, promoting a better sleep and an optimal performance of your immune system.
It improves your balance and helps boost circulation. It also helps reduce fluid retention.
On an emotional level:
It helps by calming the emotions, bringing a sense of ease and peace.
Provides a special time for you to connect with the changes in your body and with your unborn baby.
Helps to build your confidence by heightening your natural abilities to cope
Practising prenatal yoga is a great way to meet other pregnant women and to become part of a community.
Being in a positive, supportive environment can give you a regular emotional boost and keep you motivated to continue exercising.
On a mental level:
It calms and quietens the mind, helping you relax and become more centred and focused.
The practice of yoga continues to have benefits after pregnancy. Postnatal yoga strengthens abdominal muscles and your pelvic floor. It also helps you to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape faster.
Yoga practice can be re-started about six weeks after the birth. It is advisable to continue for another 4 to 6 months, as ligaments and muscles have not yet returned to normal, and there is a need to go slow and not strain the body.
How do we work?
In our everyday life, the energy of doing or masculine energy yang predominates,
to balance this it is necessary to cultivate the yin or feminine energy, the energy of the
allowing yourself to be.
In my classes I invite you to stay in the posture with attention to
the breath and whatever arises in the present moment. Working in this way we invite
patience, acceptance and receptivity. On the other hand I invite you to make fluid movements in order to feel and release tensions of both your body and your mind.
I encourage you to use gravity and breath to ride your body's own wave.I offer you guidance and touch to make it easier for you to find and inhabit the internal space of your body. Touch can help you experience the whole shape of each part of your body, in order for you to fill that form with your own presence.
I have great respect for each one of my students and I encourage them to listen to themselves and to connect with the deep wisdom of their bodies, so that they respect
your their own rhythms and limits.
My instructions are clear, simple and detailed, paying close attention to the movement in synchrony with the breath.
I offer group yoga classes and private sessions.
My classes include:
Yoga ~ Relaxation ~ Breathing awareness and sound ~ Pelvic floor education ~ Information about pregnancy and childbirth ~
~ Active Birth movements & Preparation for labour and birth ~ Refreshments & discussion.
*Concessionary rates are offered where necessary so that no one is excluded due to cost
When & Where?
- Wednesday 10:30 to 11:45h
Els Vienesos. C/ Segarra, 12, 08320, El Masnou, Barcelona.
Group or private lessons. Also in the comfort of your home!!