Pre-Natal Yoga – “The greatest gift a mother gives her family is a commitment to her own self-care” Cheryl Richardson.com
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." and so in you the child your mother lives on and through your family continues to live... so at this time look after yourself and your family as you would your mother for through you all she will truly never die.”― OshoShree Rajneish
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Pre-natal Yoga can provide the tools to access and connect to all the resources you have to birth your baby. You, as a mother can unite with your breath, body, inner knowing, and the new life you are carrying inside.
Coming to a Pre-natal Yoga Class can help you check in with how you are feeling. It’s an opportunity to make new mom friends. Pregnancy can be an isolating experience. Aside from the relaxing and physical experience, your “Mom Tribe” can come together, discuss feeling, fears, release emotions that may be building, and share resources . Pre-natal Yoga is also about building strong, capable and competent mothers, who are preparing to face some of the major changes ahead, for example in relationships, like with the father, who may have been enjoying an exclusive relationship with you, prior to the 1st born.
What other ways can Pre-natal Yoga help me?
Pre-natal Yoga can provide benefits on every possible level. Physical, mental, and spiritual bonding with the baby, balancing hormones, learning pain coping techniques, learning self-regulation through stress reduction and the nervous system and conscious relaxation (relaxation on purpose)!
Practical application of Pre-natal Yoga knowledge:
It can help you have a powerful birth experience and help you to feel inspired and empowered, by overcoming fears about the birthing process. You will learn about contraindicated poses, (whether to avoid or do in a gentler manner) or to avoid altogether.
Breathing Techniques: Can provide pain relief, control energy, teach you to find a focal point, and work syncronistically with the challenges of labor and childbirth, connecting the body and the mind.
But I’ve never done yoga before?
You can safely begin a pre-natal yoga practice at any point through your pregnancy as long as you have clearance from your care giver. You will be free to modify your poses with whatever props you want, and your teacher will give you lots of safe options, pretty much to delivery.
You’re not done yet! And You’re not alone!
This is just the beginning of your yoga journey. Once your body has had a chance to recover from delivery, you can progress to your Post-partum Yoga.
But I have already been through everything, what else is there?
Delivery of that lovely baby is just the beginning of the journey. You now responsible for this new little life. You may feel a desire to reintegrate with your Post-natal Tribe. You have all gone through a unique experience, and now have a series of new experiences to come, in common. You share in a spiritual companionship with other women. You build a community of moms, sharing new resources, building confidence in yourselves as moms. You may be feeling blue, or even mildly depressed, often simply due to lack of sleep. This is not uncommon. Not to mention the physical rebuilding of pelvic core strength, regaining core strength and stability. Repairing your posture, and maybe losing a few pounds. There are other physical issues you may need to deal with, slight urinary incontinence, diastasis recti abdominus (DRA) which often presents as “Mummy Tummy”
What better place to unwind, revitalize and “let go” and find that sense of belonging, than in the safe environment of your Post-natal Yoga class, with your fellow moms, your Yoga Tribe.
Brenna Jacobson (RYT 250)
Certified Pre-Natal Consultant