The practice of yoga has many positive effects on pregnant women. Yoga includes physical stretching, mental centering and breath awareness. This makes it an ideal preparation for labor and childbirth.
Yoga encourages relaxation, internal focus and slowed breathing patterns, goals that are common in many types of childbirth preparation classes such as Lamaze and Bradley Childbirth method.
Yoga may help relieve many of the common discomforts of pregnancy, such as lower back pain, nausea, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches.
Research suggests that yoga can help relax the body while preparing the muscles of the lower body for use in childbirth.
The breathing techniques used in yoga can help reduce or manage the shortness of breath that may accompany pregnancy and teach women how to breathe through physically challenging experiences such as labor.
Yoga encourages pregnant women to be mindful of the body’s innate capacities and to recognize the connection among mind, body and breath. Yoga techniques also may be useful in promoting postpartum recovery and coping with the stresses of parenting.
Yoga during pregnancy is safe for most healthy women.
My name is Gail Pickens-Barger and I teach pre-natal yoga classes right here in the Golden Triangle Area (Beaumont, Port Arthur, Nederland). I also teach privately at the Port Arthur YMCA.
Please pick up the phone and give me a call at 409-727-3177 to discuss whether pre-natal yoga is right for you.
You don’t need any background to get started. Even if this is the first time you have ever done yoga in your life, I urge you to give me a call at 409-727-3177.