Updated: Aug 4
Prenatal Yoga is a practice that is designed specifically by a trained teacher to accommodate the changing needs of a woman during her sacred journey of pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a path which is accompanied by various physiological, mental and emotional changes and challenges.
Whilst further exploration of medical research is needed in the area of Prenatal Yoga, various studies have come back so far to conclude that Maternity Yoga improves a woman’s overall physical health and mental well-being, which in turn benefits her pregnancy and child.
Whilst physical exercise during pregnancy was once frowned upon, it is now a common recommendation by health care providers that women can / should keep active during pregnancy for their physical and mental health, and Yoga is the perfect solution.
The benefits of practicing Prenatal Yoga can include:
- Decreased stress and anxiety levels (increased levels of stress can directly affect the babies development and health)
- Alleviation of painful postural issues
- Pelvic and back pain relief
- Pelvic girdle pain relief (PGP)
- Alleviation of labour pain
- Lower chance of Caesarian delivery
- Lower chance of labour induction
- Lower use of pain medication during labour
- Shorter first stage of labour
Research shows that in a control group of women who practiced Prenatal Yoga there were less instances of cesarean delivery, and more vaginal deliveries, less requirement of induction of labour and pain relief medication, along with a shorter first stage of labour. Women also reported a higher tolerance and ability to cope with pain.¹
A growing body of research confirms that stress during a mothers pregnancy directly affects her baby’s health, not only during the gestational period, but it is suggested also throughout their lifespan.²
Yoga is the perfect balance to combat stress; when asana (yoga postures) are practiced combined with pranayama (breathwork) the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated. The activation of the parasympathetic nervous system triggers the body’s rest, restoration and relaxation response.³
The role of Prenatal Yoga in the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system has also been observed in pregnant women, which is a positive indication that Yoga can efficiently be used as a natural alternative to deal with mental and emotional stressors during pregnancy for the benefit of both mother and baby.⁴
A prenatal yoga class should be tailored to the mother’s needs depending on her shifting physical, mental and emotional needs throughout her pregnancy. Not only should it prepare the mother mentally and physically for birth and motherhood, it should be a balanced practice of asana (yoga postures), meditation, positive visualisation and pranayama (breathwork).
At Yaami Yoga, we fully advocate the use of Prenatal Yoga for the welfare of expectant mothers, along with improved labour and birth experiences for both mother and baby.
You can find Prenatal Yoga videos on our YouTube Channel which are specifically suitable for all trimesters.
Or you can book your own private tailored class including asana (yoga postures), meditation, positive visualisation and pranayama (breathwork) specifically designed to prepare you physically, emotionally and mentally for your sacred birthing and motherhood journey ahead.
“Every woman who heals herself helps heal all the women who came before her, and all those who come after her”
- Christiane Northrup