Prenatal Yoga Blog 9

April 23rd, 2018

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Yoga benefits during pregnancy overlap somewhat with the general benefits of yoga, notably with respect to stress management, improved strength and flexibility, and mood enhancement.

Scientific research on the physical benefits of yoga during pregnancy suggest that yoga can help to ease labor and back pain, preeclampsia and minimize complications during pregnancy and labor (Mindful Yoga for Psychological and Physical Distress). Anecdotally, prenatal yoga may also be helpful for relieving tension in the shoulders and neck, tightness in the hips, as well as to build stamina and strength to support pregnant women in carrying the additional weight from the growing fetus.
Physiological benefits of prenatal yoga are evidenced in breathwork, which calms the mind and nervous system through the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), otherwise known as the relaxation response. The practice of deep belly breathing also helps expectant mamas to prepare for labor and childbirth. Through deep breathing and subsequent activation of the PSNS, digestion, sleep and the immune system are supported.

Bryan Kest

Home4Birth clients, pick up a free prenatal yoga pass at our office for Source Yoga’s Sunday 1:30 p.m. classes. After that first free class, Home4Birth will pay for 1/2 of the first three class bundle. You pay just $12.50 (reg drop in rate is $15). So, it’s like getting another two classes for free! Postnatal clients are encouraged to attend! Class taught by Lauren Windle, Certified Yoga Instructor, (317) 809-5993, barefootgirl@comcast.net.

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