Gynecologists widely recommend Prenatal Yoga and Pilates as a safe way to keep in shape while pregnant. Therefore a lot of women start practicing Yoga when they are expecting a baby. Yoga helps women prepare the body and mind for birth, for motherhood, and it also relieves common pregnancy symptoms like:
- Leg Cramps
- Lower back pain
- Lack of balance
- It also creates a forum to share the experience with others
To be a Certified Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher It is required that you take a specific course in addition to your normal Yoga Instructor Certificate. It’s of great importance to understand the anatomy, hormonal and physical changes a pregnancy brings, as well as the modifications on the postures. The most important thing is to ensure a safe and beneficial practice for both mother and baby, before and after birth.
At the same time that I became a Yoga teacher, many friends around me started to become pregnant. They were very eager to come to my classes but I did not feel I was ready to help them. My mother has worked in a maternity hospital most of her life, and I realized that I already knew quite a bit on the topic. Just enough to be aware that I needed to learn this properly . So I took the course and I became a prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher too!
You can start practicing Prenatal Yoga from week 10-12 of your pregnancy, if there are no complications and you have doctor’s clearance.
Helping women go through pregnancy, birth and getting back to shape is as much as a physical as a psychological journey, and it’s very fulfilling. I personally believe that taking postnatal classes is as important as taking prenatal ones.
- It helps to prevent postnatal depression
- Ir provides some “me” time for stressed new mothers
- It keeps you grounded and provides you energy
- It makes you feel good to do something for yourself
- It prevents isolation and provides support. It’s even more important now to have a group where you can discuss your motherhood doubts and experiences
Coming back to normal practice should be a gradual monitored process, where you are given options for the postures according to your state. You should listen to your body and be aware that the progress will come day by day. Always make sure you have your doctor’s clearance before coming to class
Mum & Baby Yoga
Doing yoga classes with your baby is a lot of fun. Children mimic what they see so It’s a great way to give them exposure to Yoga and interact with them in your practice. They also love to play with other babies. People say I have a special connection with children. I guess that having close to 10 cousins all younger than me helped along the way.
Mum & Baby classes have a very casual environment and you never know what’s going to happen. Some postures will be done with the baby some others by yourself or whatever the baby wants 😉
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