Originally posted on Yoga Parkside's blog on July 29, 2020
Yoga Parkside teacher and doula Theresa Church explains the benefits of prenatal yoga, even if you’re new to yoga.
Now, more than ever, fitness and wellness services are essential to well-being. The Covid-19 pandemic is changing the way we interact with others and undoubtedly transforming the fitness industry. Whether in a studio or through a computer screen, yoga is changing to meet contemporary needs. The practice itself is timeless, however, and whether you’re expecting a baby or simply want to add connection and balance to your daily life yoga is a powerful tool. One of the best aspects of virtual yoga is that it can be safely modified from the comfort of your home. You do not need to have prior experience to start taking virtual classes at Yoga Parkside. Whether you’re a doula looking to provide information on prenatal yoga to your clients or wanting to get started yourself, here are some benefits to consider.
If you’re looking for a healthy way to kick your self-care routine up a notch, there’s really no better option than yoga. Carving out time to slow down and become more aware of your physical and emotional well-being can help you feel more grounded and present. If you are pregnant yoga is a great way to feel more relaxed and prepared for birth. Prenatal yoga emphasizes meditation, breathing, asana and stretching to prepare your body for labor. You will leave class feeling a greater sense of confidence and renewal. Following class have a cup of tea or draw yourself a warm bath to finish your self-care routine!
Isolation during the pandemic can quickly weigh on you. Virtual yoga provides a safe place to connect with others in similar situations, creating a sense of community. In a prenatal class for instance, it is often the case that someone else is experiencing the same excitement, fear, anxiety and/or physical changes or they can relate from previous pregnancies. Prenatal yoga classes offer an open forum for discussion and referrals which can lead to friendships both in and outside of class. Taking the time to connect with others and create a base of support can enhance your confidence, community, and your health!
Yoga helps circulate blood flow from your heart to the rest of your body through physical movement. By the end of class, your blood circulates back to the heart so that by the time you’re enjoying Savasana, you’re left feeling at ease. There is no better reason to take a yoga class than to recharge and relax. Pregnancy in particular 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” list and either take a class from the comfort of home. Make it a point to be fully present on your mat by focusing on your breath.
Interested in prenatal yoga classes at Yoga Parkside? Visit https://www.yogaparkside.org/schedule/prenatal/ for more information.
Theresa teaches prenatal yoga every Thursday from 6:15-7:30pm. To register for class visit https://www.yogaparkside.org/schedule/prenatal/