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Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is more popular than ever! At Serenity, you experience a one on one session with the instructor. After your initial consultation, the class is designed to fit your needs in the privacy and comfort of a personal session.

When paired with a cardiovascular exercise such as walking, yoga is an ideal way to maintain exercise during your pregnancy. This age-old practice keeps you limber, tones muscles, and improves balance and circulation with little, if any, impact on your joints.

Yoga is also beneficial by helping you learn how to breathe deeply and relax, a valuable asset as you face the physical demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. In fact, one of the first things you learn in a yoga class is how to breathe fully. The breathing technique known as ujjayi requires you to take in air slowly through your nose, filling your lungs, and exhale completely until your stomach compresses.

Understanding ujjayi breathing primes you for labor and childbirth, keeping you calm when you need it most. When you’re in pain or afraid, your body produces adrenalin and may produce less oxytocin, a hormone that makes labor progress. Regular yoga helps you fight urges to tighten upon pain and relax instead.

Along these same lines, according to a report in the April 2009 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter, rigorous studies have found scientific proof that yoga helps the body deal with stress by slowing heart and breathing rates and lowering blood pressure — which benefits new moms after the baby’s born.

You’ve probably heard yoga is good for you. Maybe you have even tried yoga and discovered it makes you feel better. But what are some specific health benefits you can enjoy from performing yoga regularly?

Physical Benefits

 

Flexibility: Stretching your tight body in new ways improves flexibility, bringing greater range of motion to muscles and joints. Over time, you will experience greater flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips.

Strength: Many yoga poses require supporting your body weight in new ways, including balancing on one leg (such as in Tree Pose) or lifting yourself with your arms (such as in Downward Facing Dog). Some exercises require slow and steady transitions between poses, which also increases strength.

Muscle tone: Muscles tone as a by-product of getting stronger. Yoga shapes long, lean muscles.

Pain Prevention: Increased flexibility and strength helps prevent some types of back pain. Many people suffering from back pain spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car. This causes tightness and spinal compression, which yoga addresses. Yoga also improves your alignment, both in and out of class, which helps prevent many other types of pain.

Better Breathing: Most people breathe shallowly into their lungs without thinking about how they’re breathing. Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama, focus the attention on the breath teaching us how to better use our lungs, benefiting the entire body. Certain types of breathing also clears nasal passages and even calms the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.

 

Mental Benefits

 

Mental Calmness: Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Total concentration on your body brings a calmness to the mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as watching how you breathe and disengagement from your thoughts, which helps calm the mind.

Stress Reduction: Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles melt away providing a much-needed break from your stressors. Yoga’s emphasis on being in the moment helps relieve stress as you learn not to dwell on past events, put things in perspective, and to anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.

Body Awareness: Performing yoga increases your awareness of your own body. You often make small, subtle movements improving your alignment. Over time, this increases your level of comfort within your own body leading to improved posture and greater self-confidence.

 

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