Yoga, the ancient form of holistic exercise practised by many all over the world is beneficial for all age groups and even pregnant women. Prenatal yoga is wonderful not only for the mother but for the baby as well. It is important to know which form of yoga to practice and at what pace to reap the benefits of the same.
“Yoga is wonderful not only for the mother but for the baby as well”
Some Benefits Of Yoga
- Improves sense of balance, both physical and emotional
- Develops stamina
- Relieves pain in the lower back, neck, shoulders and hips
- Practicing breathing makes the labour process easier
- Improves blood circulation
- Interaction with other expectant mothers
Yoga Postures For Expectant Mothers
- Utkatasana Or The Chair Pose – This pose strengthens the pelvic muscles. To do this pose, stand straight with your feet a few inches apart, parallel to one another. Inhale slowly and raise your arms to shoulder level. Exhale and sit in a squat pose on your toes. Inhale and rise up slowly, with your hands in the same position. Exhale, lower your arms and relax.
- Bhadrasana Or The Butterfly Pose – This pose is perfect to strengthen the pelvic region and inner thighs. Sit on a mat with your legs stretched out and slowly bring them towards you in a butterfly pose, keeping them on the mat. Sit erect in the pose for a few seconds, straighten legs and relax. Repeat.
- Yastikasana Or Stick Pose – This asana helps stretch the entire body, removes tension and corrects posture. Lie on your back with your feet together and hands at your sides. Inhale as you raise your hands towards the floor. Stretch upwards, push out your toes and stretch your legs simultaneously. Exhale and return to the first position. Repeat a few times.
Always remember that those suffering from breathing problems should not hold their breath for too long in-between poses. Consult your doctor before joining a yoga class as a few asanas need to be performed with utmost care.