Mindful Pregnancy Yoga - A Match Made in Heaven
Yoga during pregnancy is simply wonderful. It has numerous benefits, physically and mentally and is a true preparation for the immense changes you go through. No one told us just how impactful a pregnancy is, how it rapidly changes our bodies from the first second of conception, how nature works an unbelievable magic to create a human being, but at some cost. It's tough! It's really hard on our bodies (think cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive system and music-skeletal changes) and our minds (emotions!!) and whilst most of us breeze through up to 42 weeks of increasing weight, decreasing mobility and changing moods, many of us struggle with one or many aspects of pregnancy - and what comes after!
Whether you find your pregnancy easy, or struggle a little, pregnancy yoga (or prenatal yoga) helps to keep your body strong, it maintains cardiovascular fitness, muscle length and flexibility, it can help maintain a healthier weight, improve circulation, co-ordination and body awareness, it prepares for labour and has a proven impact on post-natal recovery.
Mindful Pregnancy Yoga
Focussing on mind-body awareness we use the asanas (postures) to cultivate mindfulness. The benefits of mindfulness are widely known and include: increased memory, immunity to colds and diseases, feelings of happiness and contentment, reduction in chronic pain, blood pressure, stress, anxiety, and depression (Moss, 2018: The Practice of Mindful Yoga.). We want to foster self-compassion and gratitude. When you are constantly thinking about the growing life inside of you, we want to make sure that you don't forget about you. Stress, anxiety, depression and pain can be part of any pregnancy. Practicing Mindful Pregnancy Yoga can help you deal with these by fostering self-awareness and compassion through non-judgment, patience, trust, non-striving, letting go - and gratitude (Boccio, 1993: Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind.).
Yoga and Mindfulness - a marriage made in heaven!
Yoga and mindfulness are a marriage made in heaven. Both have a goal of fostering the union between mind, body and spirit, and of cultivating a deep connection between the three. Through quieting the mind, paying attention to breath and bodily sensations, and accepting reality as it is at the moment, we can learn to feel less reactive to outside impulses, which can be an invaluable skill to learn as a parent-to-be. Increasing compassion, self-compassion, kindness and understanding are other things we can learn on the mat, and utilise off the mat, and finally acceptance of things that are, that we cannot change. Mindful pregnancy yoga can teach you to allow that acceptance to enter your mind, to allow you to roll with the punches.
Taking a Mindful Pregnancy Yoga class will be different from other pregnancy yoga classes you may have taken - ask us for more information or check out our class schedule.
Pregnancy Yoga will always be practiced by trained and certified teachers to keep you and baby safe - we know about dangers and injury potential and will adjust practices accordingly, depending on what trimester you are in, and how your pregnancy is progressing. We will have an in-depth assessment with you before you start. Our overarching goal is your and baby's safety and comfort.