The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

It’s no secret that for any stage of life, condition, ache or goal, there’s a yoga that will help. By now, you’ve likely heard about yoga’s many benefits and that’s no exception for pregnancy.

Some commonly known benefits include stress reduction, increased flexibility, reduced back pain and increased respiration. Less commonly shared benefits include balancing metabolism, becoming a mindful eater, enhancing mood, improving sleep, and regulating cortisol.

But I don’t need to tell you this, right?

What a lot of people don’t realize is that the unconventional benefits are what often get people coming back for more yoga. The feedback I get most often from students in my prenatal classes is that they appreciate the sense of community that the yoga space creates. They meet others who are in the same stage of life as them, their pregnancy experiences get normalized and they get to talk and learn about subjects that are often taboo.

If this is new to you, you may be wondering how a yoga class can do that.

Good question.

I aim to extend the principles of yoga beyond the physical and apply the theory in a way that’s relevant to the women in the class. I have dedicated time at the beginning of every class to do this. Yoga class doesn’t only have to be poses and breathing. So we talk.

There is no set format for this, no goal for the chat. It’s simply a time to share and connect. Sometimes there is a question from a student that sparks the talk, sometimes the theme comes from an experience of mine. Sometimes we just have a fun question to answer. We have had tears and laughter, hugs and moments of silence. We learn about each other and gain an acceptance of ourselves. But most of all, we aren’t just learning about yoga, we embody yoga. And this is really where yoga begins.

Check out my current list of prenatal classes and come see what it's about.


References:

American Osteopathic Association, The benefits of Yoga : http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/yoga.aspx

Elsevier, The science of yoga - what research reveals : https://www.elsevier.com/connect/the-science-of-yoga-what-new-research-reveals

Harvard Health Publications, Yoga - Benefits beyond the mat : http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/yoga-benefits-beyond-the-mat

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Yoga: In Depth : https://nccih.nih.gov/health/yoga/introduction.htm

Psychology Today, Yoga has potent health benefits : https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201403/yoga-has-potent-health-benefits

Sonima, The new science on the health benefits of yoga : http://www.sonima.com/yoga/health-benefits-of-yoga/