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During pregnancy, both your body and your emotions go through major changes that can be difficult to cope with. It’s an important time in your life to make sure that you are staying active and healthy for both you and your baby. Prenatal yoga can help you deal with both your physical, as well as your mental needs all at once.
Prenatal yoga poses are chosen and modified to fit the specific needs of an expecting mother. This helps strengthen muscles that will make pregnancy and delivery more comfortable. Not only are the poses designed to physically strengthen Mom’s body, but yoga also teaches breathing, relaxation and meditative techniques that help the mother stay focused on the birth process for a more comfortable and controlled labor.
The wonderful thing about yoga is that you can practice pretty much anywhere. Some people prefer classes, while others prefer to do their yoga routines in the comfort of their own home. While we love the ease and flexibility of practicing yoga on your own, we really like the sense of community you can find in a prenatal yoga class at a studio, not-to-mention the assurance and instruction that is given to teach you proper form.
We talked to Suzanne McCartney, owner of Purple Blossom Yoga Studio in Greenville, to discuss the benefits of visiting a studio for proper prenatal yoga instruction. “At Purple Blossom, we are certified prenatal yoga instructors, I take that very seriously. Being certified as prenatal teachers is very different that just practicing yoga. Prenatal has special needs and we want to take into account each woman and her baby’s needs as they are important to us. How you move, what you move and with what degree of effort makes a difference. Unless you are a well-practiced yogi you need more attention for you, your body and your baby.” Although Purple Blossom does not have a class specific for pregnant mothers, they are invited to attend their Gentle Yoga session. In this class a certified prenatal teacher provides pregnant mothers with modified poses throughout the class to meet their needs. Susan is so passionate about this that she has been kind enough to give all Greenville Ob/Gyn patients an introductory class for only $10 (normally $15). We hope our expecting mothers will be able to enjoy this small discount to get started.
There are also plenty of videos online or in stores for moms that feel a class just isn’t their speed. If you don’t feel like you are ready to attend a class, this is a great way to get you started. Hopefully once you feel comfortable enough with yourself and your yoga knowledge, you will try out a class to meet other moms and learn from the best yogis in-person. Here is a link that offers good introductory videos that target specific areas that a pregnant mother might focus on.
Even if you’ve never tried yoga, now is the perfect time to work on your mind, body and spirit. Enjoy this time while being pregnant and remember to make healthy living your top priority. After delivery, you will be able to continue your journey with yoga to help you stay healthy and recover from your delivery faster. Namaste.