Why Should I do Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy yoga offers you a chance to slow down, relax, take-in the enormity of your exciting project and digest what’s happening to you and your growing and changing body.

Benefits of pregnancy yoga

Pregnancy yoga also offers a gentle form of exercise to strengthen and prepare you for labour and birth, whilst also giving you the opportunity to connect with other women who are going through the same as you. You can find out that you are not all alone going through this process!

Rosemarie is brilliant - I felt immediately at ease at the yoga classes. The actual class is perfect for stretching and relaxing and it has been so nice to meet other mums to be… read more

Jen - regular yoga practitioner

Slowing down…

Often women want to feel the same as they felt prior to pregnancy.  They want to do the same things and don’t want to be treated any differently.

But the thing is everything HAS changed.  Everything IS different. I know, because I felt the same.  We all do.

Pregnancy yoga though is a unique opportunity to be present into this middle ground.  It’s a time to tune into yourself and your intuition and learn to listen deeply to your body’s inner wisdom.    

Ok…so you like to do circuit training and or a dynamic vinyasa class and you want to keep doing more of the same? There is this thing within us.  I call it ego. Where we want to prove that we are not ‘sick’ or we are just as able as we were before.  We want to be as strong as the non-pregnant yogi or woman.

Taking good care…

In actuality though, there is so much going on in the body. Pregnancy hormones including Relaxin, which makes the ligaments and tissues soften and brings increased flexibility in the joints and tissues.  This is why we often get pain in the pelvis and lower back during or towards the end of pregnancy. A pregnancy yoga class can specifically target and combat this.

And of course in a usual yoga class you can easily over stretch because you feel more bendy.  This can lead to problems later after the baby is born and when you want to get your body back to normal.

The breasts are enlarging with hormones for milk production with Human Placental Lactogen (HPL), Oxytocin stimulates the Braxton Hicks contractions.  Other hormones : progesterone affects every aspect of pregnancy, from relaxing the smooth muscle in the uterus so it’s less likely to contract and therefore hold the baby in, and as well in the bowel and veins for flexibility for your growing baby.  Endorphins that help with the effects of pain and stress are produced in the brain right up to and during childbirth. After the birth the levels of these hormones drop sharply.

My point is this, with all this going on you are simply not the same as pre-pregnancy and the sooner women can accept that and it’s a bit like a lesson in learning to become present to the situation that we find ourselves in.  It really is a unique and special time.

It’s all a metaphor for yoga really - being present.  This is why pregnancy and yoga really go so well together.

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Pregnancy Yoga London

Lemonade Yoga Life offer pregnancy yoga classes in Bow, also just a short journey from Mile End and Bethnal Green.

Find out about our current courses and Drop-Ins here.