Yoga For Pregnancy is Not Just Physical But Also Mental and Spiritual Well – Being

Yoga For Pregnancy is Not Just Physical But Also Mental and Spiritual Well – Being

Pregnancy comes with an alarming amount of changes for any woman. Preparation for this new life affects both the physical and mental life.   Water retention, high blood pressure, rise in body temperature, back ache, body aches, nausea, dizziness, changes in sex drive,constipation, cravings, fatigue and excessive weight gain are but some of the physical changes women go through.   Mentally women become anxious, fearful, forgetful and unable to focus.   Yoga addresses all these set backs and allows any woman to experience a pregnancy that is both exciting and awakening. There is an immense spiritual well being that pregnancy brings. It is the creation of a new life and how that life will affect and be affected by you as a mother!   Why Yoga?   Consult your health-care provider before attempting any workout during pregnancy.   Yoga for Pregnancy together with walking is a safe and effective workout for this very exciting time in a woman’s life. The physical postures together with Yoga breathing, calms and relaxes the mind and the body. When pregnant women become anxious or fearful, the pituitary glands secrets a hormone called oxytocin. This hormone gets the body ready for labor by inducing contractions. Relaxation through mental focus and calm is thus very important throughout the duration of pregnancy. The baby needs its full term to grow and develop.   Yoga is also a physical workout. Many of the poses or asanas are designed to open the hips, strengthen the pelvic wall, engage and flex the thigh muscles, tone and condition the entire body. Yoga can also be done anywhere. In a class, in your living room, on a chair, in the quiet of your bedroom, on a hilltop or on the beach, meditating on the waves washing in and out. Yoga poses include standing as tall as a tree, as strong as a mountain or as rounded as a gorilla.   The benefits and effects of yoga done throughout Pregnancy and after are infinitesimal.   Yoga is a spiritual practice. It is however not religious based. Yoga does however, encompass and celebrate all religions. Yoga is about the stillness of the mind. Finding a quiet space with inward attention. Yoga harnesses pranic energy built up by physical postures to enlighten and energise the mind and the spirit.   Yoga can be modified to suite any body, at any stage in their lives. Yoga for Pregnancy develops and grows with the pregnant yogi, inviting the new life in with unconditional love and acceptance.   It is advisable to take a Prenatal Yoga Class. You will be joining a community which is very important for your mental well being. You are able to communicate with both the instructor and other mothers. The class has women at different levels of their pregnancy. You are encouraged to contribute your experiences to the class. You  learn about what to expect in the coming months.   Classes are not accessible to many women. The local library offers free DVDs and reading material. Free classes are sometimes listed in the local paper. Browse online for Yoga postures and exercises and if possible purchases DVDs which are recommended.

Yoga Breathing

Yoga breathing is the life line of Yoga! Breath is the connecting string of every movement and thought you have as a mother. Your baby feeds off the energy of your breath. Move with your breath in everything you do. This will carry you through each stage of this journey. It will allow you space and quiet. Be aware of your breath and this in turn will bring your awareness to your body and your baby.   Breath Practice   Come to a seated position. Sit either in a chair, or on the floor in lotus position. Use a rolled up blanket and pillow to raise your hips higher, as this is more comfortable.   Relax your shoulders down your back. Release any tension in the neck. Calm your body. Sit with your  palms facing up, receiving, accepting.   Listen to your breath, listen to the flow and length of each inhalation and each exhalation. Inhale through your belly, feeling your chest rise up, opening your heart. Hold the breath for 3 counts and exhale slowly, on a hum, feeling your shoulders release. Releasing the anxiety, releasing the pressure, releasing the fear. Hold out for 3 counts.   Inhale again, without strain. Your chest rising your smile lifting. Thankful. Hold the breath for 3 counts then exhale, letting all the blessings fall into your hands. Hold the breath out for 3 counts and repeat for about 15 minutes.   You will find that this is energising yet very relaxing. Practice this sequence often, throughout your day. Your awareness and inward attention will be awakened and you will be more relaxed and able to handle each stage of this journey.   You are on an enlightening path.   Enjoy your Journey and Blessings to you and your Baby.   Namaste.

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