Why Yoga and Pregnancy are a Natural Combination

By: Dave Ryan

If you are looking for a gentle and safe way to stretch and stay in shape while carrying some extra weight during pregnancy, welcome to yoga and pregnancy 101. This isn't a real college class but I'm sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of yoga classes targeting pregnancy being taught these days.

What is Yoga?
Yoga as is taught in western society is a mix of general exercise principles and awareness of self, body and breathing in relation to the larger world around us. This is sort of the opposite of true yoga, which starts with a premise that all is one and we are parts of that whole going through varied experiences.

Yoga literally means union or yoking – making two come to know they are one. In a way, this defines pregnancy also. The relationship between mother and child is both natural and quite often unshakable. In this light, what better exercise than to explore that oneness in a healthful pregnancy yoga environment.

Natural and Healthful
We can hardly recall a time in our busy lives when we look within and come in touch with our inner self - and that too in a class environment! Who is qualified to teach such a personal exploration into self and what impact does it have on the baby? These are good questions and often the kind that percolate up to the surface during the exploration of yoga in pregnancy.

To safeguard your personal wellbeing and that of the baby, it is suggested, even recommended that you do your research before venturing into the yoga arena. In India, where yoga was born, it is said that there are more yoga teachers than students. This is not said to scare those wanting to explore yoga; rather, it is a reminder to check out the teacher before signing on.

Yoga done properly is a natural and healthful exercise giving benefits to the body, mind and in the case of pregnancy, yoga has been said to help the unborn baby too. Spiritual aspects are prevalent too but this is a very personal area and no other person stands in one’s shoes. Ask for references and once satisfied, go for it.

After Birthing Schedule
After child birth, the regimen established during pregnancy plays a vital role in recovery of normal body weight, toning and general strength. The great value of yoga done while pregnant will show itself during and after your child is born. As the hectic schedule of motherhood unfolds, a moment of quietude and remembrance will bring a smile to your face in the midst of dirty diapers and sleepless nights!

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