No matter what trimester you are in consider adding prenatal yoga to your list of things to do. It is important to stay physically active during pregnancy and yoga is an ideal physical activity that is often recommended by health care providers. Prenatal yoga is safely modified for personal comfort and safety of mother and baby. Best of all, you do not need to have prior experience to start taking classes at home or in a studio no matter trimester you're in. Here are a few really good reasons to take prenatal yoga:
Being pregnant is the perfect excuse to kick your self-care routine up a notch. These 9 months are an especially important time to nurture and take really good care of yourself as your body prepares to bring baby into the world. This is not a time to overload your schedule and constantly be on the go. Rather, it's a time to slow down and be more aware of your physical and emotional well-being. Look for a yoga class that encompasses meditation, pranayama, asana and a delicious supported Savasana to round it all out. You will leave class feeling a greater sense of confidence and renewal in your pregnancy. Following class draw yourself a warm bath and really indulge in some self-care!
Whether it's your first or third, pregnancy can sometimes feel like a lonely time. Even if you're not feeling particularly lonely, we all crave connecting with others in similar situations to our own. Prenatal yoga is a great opportunity to do just that in a safe place that allows you to open up and connect with others. There is often genuine concern for one another in a prenatal class that feels close, even sacred. It is often the case that someone else is experiencing the same excitement, fear, anxiety and/or physical changes that you are or they can relate from previous pregnancies. Prenatal yoga is an open forum for discussion and referrals that often leads to friendship both inside and outside of class. Taking the time to connect with others and create a base of support will do nothing but enhance your confidence and experience during these 9 months.
Yoga works by circulating blood flow from your heart to the rest of your body through physical asana. The goal by the end of class is to circulate tha blood back to the heart by the time we are enjoying Savasana, leaving us with that "blessed out" feeling at the end of class. There is no better reason to come to yoga than to enjoy some time for relaxation. For better or for worse pregnancy is a time of change that can be better navigated with a peaceful mind, body and soul. Even if it's just for an hour or so each week give yourself permission to escape the never ending "to-do" lists and either take a class or practice at home. Make it a point to be fully present on your mat by focusing on your breath and allow yourself to relax. Your body and baby will thank you!