Yoga can be an ideal way to stay in shape during conception, pregnancy, and postnatally. Yoga helps to keep you limber, tones your muscles, and improves your balance and circulation. Not only will it keep your physical body feeling good, but it helps you learn how to breathe deeply and fully, which will come in handy as you face the physical demands of labor, delivery, and motherhood.
Yoga during your pregnancy will help you prepare your physical body and mind for laboring with endurance and trust in the process. You learn to use your breath to manage whatever “sensations” you are faced with. When a women is in pain or afraid, the body produces adrenalin and may produce less oxytocin, a hormone that makes labor progress. A regular yoga practice will help you learn to fight the urge to tighten up when you feel pain, and instead teach you how to relax. The benefits of yoga aren’t limited to your physical or mental well-being. Taking a prenatal yoga class is a great way to meet other pregnant women. It’s a special environment that allows you to bond, share, and create a sisterhood! See my current schedule for public classes or enjoy the one-on-one care of private lessons.
Yoga for fertility is a powerful means of reducing stress and restoring calm to a woman struggling to conceive, and this alone can be revolutionary. When a woman is under stress ovulation can be delayed or suppressed altogether. Studies have showed that as a woman learns to manage stress, her fertility can change. See my Fertility Program for more information.
Yoga during the postnatal recovery is so important and often times overlooked. A women’s body has undergone quite a lot of changes during 9 months of pregnancy, not to mention the physical demands of the body during childbirth. A postnatal body needs repair, stability, and necessary lifting of the pelvic floor muscles. See my Postnatal Recovery program for more information.