Why start practicing yoga while your pregnant? And what can you expect from a prenatal yoga class? I’m leading a six-week Saturday morning prenatal yoga session this winter at The Nantucket Community School, and I’d love for you to join. Here are four reasons why:
· Your body is growing, and so is your family. Self-care is essential to establishing healthy family habits that you can pass on to your kiddos. Taking time to connect with your body and to manage your stress is an act of love worthy of emulation!
· Three words (maybe you’ve heard them before): optimal. fetal. positioning. When you stretch and tone your body, thereby bringing balance to muscular systems, your babe is more likely to position herself (or himself) head-down, bum-up, facing mom’s spine. This can make for an easier birth for both mom and baby.
· A mindful-based yoga practice has been proven to decrease maternal depression and to promote overall wellbeing in both babies and mamas.
· Finally, joining other mamas on their journey through pregnancy in a judgment-free space is a great way to cut out the chatter about what you should be doing as a mother, and to cultivate your own intuition and sense of empowerment. You got this!
In the six-week session at Nantucket Community School, we’ll focus on breathing, relaxation, stretching and toning to help you enjoy your pregnancy and prepare you body and mind for birth. Drop-in and drop-out at anytime; preregistration is not required. (You can register here.)
While this series is appropriate for yoga newcomers, I always recommend consulting with your healthcare provider before beginning a new exercise regimen during pregnancy. Even gentle yoga might not be appropriate for you, if you have a history of miscarriage or placental bleeding during pregnancy. The good news is that as more and more research is done about yoga and pregnancy, the results show that many yoga poses are even safer than previously thought.
Of course, feel free to be in touch if you have any questions about the class or me. I look forward to seeing you on the mat. Until then, take gentle care of yourself and your growing babe.