Pregnancy and Yoga

Pregnancy and motherhood are the most eulogized concepts of all times, and in all cultures universally. Women have always been looked up to with awe because of this wonder of being able to bring another being into this world.

But is pregnancy all that Utopian as it appears to be ? Ask any pregnant woman and she will tell you, with reverence and at the same time with trepidation, of all the changes, both physical and emotional, that keep racing within her.

On the one hand, there is great joy and expectation about the newborn. The mother revels at the bodily changes that occur, both visibly and invisibly. On the other hand, there are the everyday discomforts of having to adjust to a new body, the body’s reaction to these changes by way of nausea, back pain

 and in some cases as the pregnancy progresses, blood pressure, diabetes etc. Inconvenience, discomfort, breathlessness, sleeplessness….the list is endless. In addition to this, is the growing anxiety about childbirth, fear of pain and even death, mood swings, temper tantrums, depression, low self worth about the way one looks etc. Yes, a pregnant woman has a lot to cope with

Antenatal care involves preparing a woman both physically and psychologically during the gestation period and also for childbirth, so as to reduce the duration of labor and the discomfort involved.

For this, aside from the regular medical care, a woman needs to learn to cope in a confident and relaxed manner, with the changes that take place during a very short time. The need for yoga for pregnant women has been mentioned in many texts, like Gargi, one of the first women known to have mastered this, has been mentioned some ideal asana for pregnancy.

Experts always stressed the importance of Yoga for women. Besides the physical preparation, Yoga also prepares the women to make adjustments graciously for the arrival of the new body. This does not mean yoga is an answer for all complications associated with childbirth. But it prepares the woman to handle and accept the situation, if complications do arise.

Yoga also does not stop at childbirth. It also addresses postnatal issues, such as preventing the prolapse of uterus and strengthening pelvic and abdominal muscles, regaining health and above all, preparing the women for the psychological upheaval that goes with the arrival of a new life.

So why are you here in the first place?

Obviously someone has told you that yoga works great for pregnancy. That’s wonderful and TRUE. But do you know how?

Yoga has 5 vital tools for pregnancy. When followed together, they work wonders on your health and your capability to have a smooth pregnancy.

Smooth pregnancy and a natural childbirth are just some of the benefits of yoga. But more importantly, yoga does wonders on the physical and mental development of the fetus.

Ensuring a healthy baby is every woman’s dream and yoga helps you do just that.

So what are these 5 tools:

Yoga exercises – These gently work on the reproductive organs and pelvis to ensure a smooth pregnancy and a relatively easy childbirth. At the subtle level, these ensure optimum supply of blood and nutrients to the developing foetus.

Breathing or Pranayama 

These powerful techniques ensure the abundant supply of oxygen and a better life force for you and your child. These methods work on your fitness during pregnancy.

Mudras and Bandhas

The psycho-physical stimulation of these gestures and locks have powerful effects on a woman’s reproductive organs.

Meditation

As a therapeutic tool, meditation will help you resolve the deepest of neurosesfears and conflicts, which are so common during pregnancy. Meditation brings with it an incredible awareness which helps you connect with your child  in a way that is impossible to explain.

Deep Relaxation

Yoga nidra (Yogic sleep) is particularly effective during pregnancy for physical and mental relaxation as well as for childbirth preparation.
To get the phenomenal benefits of yoga on your pregnancy, practice these easy routines regularly. Not only will you be on your way to a delightful pregnancy but you will give your child an opportunity for best development.

Whap is an extremely integrated and simple course designed by a yogi, midwife and home birther of over 20 years experience.

When you want to start please take an advice from a trained yoga teacher or consult your local doctor / adviser.

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