Read Related: Belly Dance Fitness For Mamis-to-BePracticing yoga poses is also great for increasing body awareness during pregnancy. A woman can only benefit from knowledge gained about herself and the changes that her body goes through during pregnancy. In yoga, you feel your hips open and ribcage widen and that awareness can be empowering.
As a certified yoga teacher, I could go on and on about the benefits of yoga. I’ve been a yogini myself for 15 years and I believe wholeheartedly in an active yoga practice. Yoga is especially beneficial during pregnancy and can help both mother and baby through the 40 weeks as well as through labor and delivery. I used yoga throughout both of my pregnancies and don’t know how I would have made it to the end without my practice! For you, here are the benefits, precautions, and a how-to for prenatal yoga. One of the amazing things about yoga is the use of breathing. A good yoga practice involves breathing exercises and awareness. This translates effortlessly into the labor and delivery room, as it becomes a natural coping skill in a woman’s arsenal. My second delivery was an induction with Pitocin and I made it through without any pain medication in large part due to the breathing awareness and breathing control I’ve practiced repeatedly in yoga classes!