What to Expect at a Prenatal Yoga Class
What to Expect (When You’re Expecting) in a Prenatal Yoga Class:
Qualified instructors work to make traditional poses comfortable and accessible for all levels and stages in pregnancy through modification and thorough instruction. All yoga classes feature a strong focus on pranayama, or breath control, which is essential in regulating stress levels, heart rate, and even properly oxygenated blood flow to you and your baby during pregnancy and even in the delivery room! Additionally, yoga utilizes bandhas, or body locks, that strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. These muscles, often well-known by expecting mothers as the Kegel muscles, play an integral role not only in the ease of delivery, but also in carrying your baby during pregnancy with a healthy, strong body that allows the baby to develop fully.
The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal yoga can offer a wide array of benefits that are essential to a successful pregnancy. With roots in traditional yoga practice, prenatal yoga can allow expecting mothers to sleep better and reduce some of the infamous woes of pregnancy, such as nausea, headaches, low back pain, stress, cramps, and poor posture. Prenatal yoga can even help combat more serious issues by reducing the risk of preterm labor, hypertension, and intrauterine growth restriction. Breath control along with the stretching of important accessory breathing muscles can help eliminate the shortness of breath that some expectant mothers experience especially during the second and third trimesters. By strengthening the muscles that support properly aligned posture, prenatal yoga improves balance, stability, and proper circulation for you and your little one. This alignment can even help mitigate symptoms such as indigestion, constipation, heart burn, and cramps! Yoga postures tone muscle groups that allow for easier delivery and a quicker return to your pre-baby body.
But the benefits are not limited to increased physical strength and improved physical health. These classes are created specifically for YOU—and women just like you. The ability to interact and share experiences with other expectant mothers creates a strong sense of community and support that will last far beyond these amazing nine months! Additionally, attending a prenatal yoga class allows you to focus on you, your baby, and nothing else. Granting yourself the time and space to take care of and connect with your body and your baby during this time can be difficult, but not impossible with the help of a studio and instructors who are knowledgeable about the pregnant woman’s body and the proper modifications necessary to make this YOU-time accessible to expectant mothers in any trimester. The Little Yoga House provides a very loving and open community atmosphere where you can experience all that prenatal yoga has to offer.