I started taking yoga about a month or two before I found out I was pregnant. I often thought it would be too slow for me, but was pleasantly surprised that the slow factor wasn't an issue at all. I actually liked it...all the periodic pauses, smooth transitions and, well—some of those transitions were done fairly quickly. And then my belly started to grow, which meant that I would need to modify or avoid certain moves altogether. Not knowing how to do this, I just quit going. (Silly me.) Tonight, however, I am going back. To yoga, though not to the class I had been taking.
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
1) Finding relaxation: 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 community
is often present.
6) Easing delivery: Yogic breathing skills translate to labor and
delivery which promotes a calmer, more relaxed delivery.
7) Recovering: 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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