One of our yoga instructors at the gym is teaching a prenatal yoga class for moms-to-be like me, and I couldn't be more excited about it. The benefits of prenatal yoga, according to the flyer she gave me:
It's all about you, your body and your baby.
2) Alleviating pain.
Gentle stretching helps relieve the kinks and aches brought on by the ever-changing pregnant body.
3) Sleeping better.
Probably from all that relaxing!
4) Strengthening muscles.
It's low-impact, but still challenging.
5) Finding support.
When moms get together, a sense of communitynis often present.
6) Easing delivery.
Yogic breathing skills translate to labor and delivery which promotes a calmer, more relaxed delivery.
It helps your body return to its new version of normal.
As I continue to modify more and more of my usual strength training/cardio routine, I think (I hope) this class will be a good supplement. And as I continue to work toward a natural birth, I think (I hope) this class will prove to be quite useful.
I'll let you know how it goes. I'm certainly quite excited about it.
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