You may have heard of the term Prenatal Yoga floating around, with many raving about it’s benefits for the mother and unborn baby but what does it involve? Let me tell you all about it.
What is prenatal yoga?
Yoga during pregnancy is known as prenatal yoga. It is done for the benefit of the mother and also for the unborn baby.
Prenatal Yoga practice helps reduce common pregnancy symptoms like nausea, constipation, back pain, bloating, swelling and fatigue and also helps in the prevention of Diabetes, Cystic fibroids, and other unexpected complications that can occur during. It also works wonders for uplifting the mood, and alleviating stress and mood swings during pregnancy, which ultimately affect the health of the baby.
The main difference is in the intensity of the classes. Prenatal yoga is less strenuous on the body, with its main components including breathwork, stretching, and simple yoga poses that will not put pressure on any main organs or blood vessels. There are also many props (like blocks, harnesses, exercise balls, chairs) used to aid the mother while performing yoga and to make the experience as comfortable and safe as possible.
There also will not be any complex poses or hot yoga sessions, as elevated temperatures put expectant mothers at risk of dehydration, lightheadedness, and other complications.
Generally the instructor will plan out your sessions according to how far along the expectant mother is, and if she has any specific conditions or concerns she wants to address.
It is recommended for both partners to take part in the class, just like other pre pregnancy programs, since it helps the relationship between the partners and with their child, as well as provides important tips and tricks on managing pregnancy.
Classes will mainly consist of breathwork, meditation, stretching, and light poses, or poses specifically for pregnant mothers.
In prenatal yoga, attention is also paid to the education and molding of the mind of the unborn child. In India, this is an ancient tradition that is also known as Garbh Sanskar and it is traditionally believed that a child’s mental and behavioral development starts in the womb as it can be influenced by the mother’s emotional state while she carries the baby. With prenatal yoga paying attention to the mother’s mental and physical state, the baby inside will also develop well physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Prenatal yoga is safe to start right from conception, from the first trimester itself.
As long as you feel well and have gotten the green light from your doctor, you can start the classes as early as you’d like during your pregnancy. Starting early can also prevent the symptoms experienced in the first trimester like nausea and back pain.
Always make sure to check the trainers credentials before joining prenatal yoga classes, as the health of both the child and mother are vulnerable.
All interested couples, as well as Yoga teachers who want to make this a part of their services offered, can enrol into certification and training programs.
Here at HealthyFy, we offer training and certification in Prenatal yoga for anyone interested or looking to get into this field and practice it with their clients. Our sessions include online training with theory as well as practical practise and can also be offered on a one-on-one basis.
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