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Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga

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Pregnancy is an important and precious time in a woman’s life. I want to try and help make this beautiful and miraculous event in her life be as comfortable and happy both mentally and physically as possible for both Mother and Baby.

Today it is medically proven that Yoga can have a huge positive impact on all stages of pregnancy – from conception, to pregnancy, to delivery and post pregnancy.

What are the benefits?

Asana (poses) 

The poses in Yoga really aid the Mother and Baby is numerous ways from the inside out.  During Pregnancy Yoga we focus on the Pelvic Floor as well as other muscles in our body. A strong pelvic floor muscle can enable a woman to carry a baby more comfortably during pregnancy and will help both the mother and baby during labor and delivery. It muscle supports the vital reproductive and digestion organs, as well as the baby during pregnancy. During pregnancy it is especially important to exercise your pelvic floor muscle as it has to support a greatly increased load at this time. It is very important to work with these muscles, especially after childbirth.

Yoga can also help alleviate the pressure the lower back is under during the shift in gravity. By stretching the upper leg muscles and the lower back, tension will start to release. Partnered with the smart abdominal work, your body will feel less pain as it goes through the journey of pregnancy.
 
Prenatal yoga can help bring back flexibility and comfort to the groups of muscles and bone structures in the front and back of the hips. Hormones released during pregnancy soften and relax joints and cartilage between bones in our pelvis to prepare it for child birth. However, getting the muscles ready is good to facilitate an easier birth for mum and baby. Yoga can also stretch the ligaments in the pelvis, hip and leg areas, all making the positions and pushing in labor easier.

 

Meditation

It is common in pregnancy to feel anxious or stressed and this can suppress the body’s health functioning. Anxiety also reduces pain tolerance. Meditation not only increases pain tolerance by reducing stress hormones, it also helps the body produce endorphins, which go beyond relieving pain to enhancing pleasure.

Meditation is a safe way to reduce anxiety and restore the normal functioning of the immune system during pregnancy and childbirth. It also increase Endorphin levels in the body. They have a powerful pain-relieving and pleasure-enhancing effect. As pain may increase during labor, endorphins also increase to help mediate the pain.

Meditation can enhance the DHEA hormone, improving immune system, defence against dis-ease, increases vitality in the body, improves mood, balances emotions, benefits vision, hearing, muscles and bones, regulates blood pressure. Using meditation during pregnancy presents her child with all the vital benefits of this hormone.

Relaxation & Pranayama (breath control) 

Breathing is not something we often think about throughout the day – but this is something that needs to be focused on in Yoga – especially in Prenatal Yoga to prepare your body for the process of labor. Breathing is a very important part of delivering a baby, it helps to relax the body and takes your mind from potential pain/strain during labor.

Learning to breath fully can increase lung capacity allowing us to get more oxygen into our bodies helping to calm the body and mind during labor. The exhalation of the breath is a natural relaxation for the body, this control and awareness of breath  can help reduce pain during delivery, improve sleep and keep both Mother & Baby healthy during pregnancy and delivery.

Asana will help relax the body by making the muscles supple & flexible, expand the vaginal wall to aid delivery, increase strength and endurance of muscles needed for child birth,  help towards a smooth and normal birth and restore body shape after delivery.

You can start Prenatal Yoga as soon as you conceive whether you have practiced Yoga before or not. I will teach you suitable asana and pranayama to suit where you are in your pregnancy as some asana are not suitable in certain stages of your pregnancy.

You can start Postnatal Yoga 6 weeks after normal delivery,

 

Prices:

Single Session: £25

5 Sessions: £100

10 Sessions: £170

 

More Information or Booking:  rachel@padminiyoga.co.uk

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