Answered by | Mimi Partha Sarathy, Founder & Senior Yoga Teacher
There are many benefits of practicing yoga during pregnancy. Prenatal yoga helps good digestion, healthy blood circulation and light easy breathing. Asanas and pranayama help to end tiredness and reduce tension and to rid the body of toxins. Therefore Yoga for pregnant women and yoga during pregnancy is good to do, but must be done based on the individual and under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
Yoga aids in healthy and more comfortable pregnancy and helps in preparing for an easy and natural delivery.
Yoga has a positive impact on the physical, mental and emotional health of the mother which in turn affects the future health and development of the unborn child.
Each trimester is different for every woman and brings about different levels of hormones and energy during pregnancy. Based on the trimester and individual needs of the pregnant woman, an appropriate practice or course should be planned. The focus is on yoga for back pain and yoga poses for lower back pain during this time of the pregnancy.
A customised yoga practice during pregnancy improves the general well being of the mother. This improves blood circulation and relaxes the body. Yoga strengthens muscles and improves flexibility.
Yoga practice opens the pelvic region which helps in delivery . It also helps in strengthening the arms which is needed to carry the baby once born.
Yoga helps in managing weakness and fatigue, morning sickness, acidity, swollen legs, back pain.
Yoga helps in the body to recover and bounce back to normal after delivery. Practicing yoga is not only extremely beneficial for body and health, but it keeps the pregnant woman relaxed and helps her to stay clear, focused and happy during her pregnancy.
Yoga helps to live in the moment, and appreciate and enjoy the pregnancy. One feels more connected to one’s body and also feel connected to the baby since Yoga focusses on awareness and mindfulness.
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Last updated on June 24, 2019