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Why Practice Prenatal Yoga When You’re Pregnant

By Arianna Pinney:

What a child learns in the womb cannot be learned on earth…

Yogi Bhajan

Pregnancy is a profound and sacred journey, so much so that a woman’s experience through pregnancy can define her relationship with her child and herself into eternity. During this journey, more than any other in life, it is essential for a woman to take impeccable care of herself. The physical changes that unfold during pregnancy are obvious. The mental, emotional and spiritual transformations, however, are often overlooked.

IMG_3875-yogaPrenatal specific yoga classes merge a well-rounded yoga practice with useful childbirth preparation exercises. Women are given opportunities to explore their changing physical bodies, while at the same time embrace the less tangible changes occurring within. A consistent prenatal yoga practice equips women with tools to navigate one of the most remarkable experiences of their lives.

It is not uncommon for women with established yoga practices to dismiss prenatal specific yoga classes as too easy, and for women without established yoga practices to dismiss them as too hard. In reality, they are neither. A prenatal yoga class teaches women how to slow down, how to connect with themselves and each other, and how to cherish the miracle of life growing within. As a woman’s baby grows and her belly blossoms, there is no better place to be than in a welcoming room full of other pregnant mamas. If you have any doubts, here are five great reasons to place prenatal yoga at the top of your pregnancy must-do list:

  1. More than anything, prenatal yoga classes foster a sense of community. Pregnancy and early motherhood often leave women feeling isolated. In a prenatal yoga class, women are encouraged to move at their own pace and listen to their own bodies, and also to connect with other mothers and share their experiences. A prenatal yoga class will honor the individual and collective journey into motherhood.
  2. Prenatal yoga classes nurture a strong connection between mother and child. Women are encouraged to keep their attention directed inward. Through meditation and breathing exercises, they learn to listen to subtle sensations and become attuned to their instincts and intuition. Through regular practice, understanding and adapting to the many changes which occur during pregnancy and birth become easier.
  3. Prenatal yoga focuses on building strength and flexibility. Women practice simple, specific poses geared toward developing the attention and stamina necessary to move through pregnancy and birth with power and grace.
  4. Prenatal yoga emphasizes openness. The physical aspect of a prenatal practice creates more space in a woman’s body for the precious life growing inside. The emotional and spiritual practice invites an internal opening that supports women to accept the unexpected and be fully present for the miracle of new life.
  • Ultimately, a consistent prenatal yoga practice reduces stress, reinforces the body/mind/spirit connection, and promotes healthier choices all around. Women feel more relaxed and at ease through movement, breathing exercises, guided meditations, and supportive community. The positive feelings created provide a healthy and harmonious environment for babies to grow.

Arianna Pinney is an artist. writer. mama. wife. daughter. sister and a friend. A native to the magnificent Big Sur coastline in Northern California, Arianna was born off the beaten path. As a massage therapist, Reiki practitioner, wellness and life coach, and yoga instructor, her unique style reflects her diverse background and her Big Sur roots. You can learn more about Arianna at http://about.me/ariannasunshine and  ariannasunshine.com

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