The benefits of practising yoga during pregnancy are endless, but here I have picked out 8 which stand out for me.
1. Taking time to rest and relax is so important during pregnancy. Even just taking 10 - 15 minutes each day to stop and do something you love will make a difference to your day and help to reduce stress levels - whether that's reading a book, having a cup of tea or taking some deep breaths. Yoga is the perfect opportunity to stop and slow down. You will not only be taking much needed time out for yourself, but also your baby.
2. Pregnant women can find it difficult to sleep as the size of the baby increases. Maybe you find that you can't get comfortable or perhaps you feel full of tension, aches and pains. Yoga will reduce your stress levels, ease out any tension in your body and help to regulate your sleep cycle.
3. Community is such an important factor of yoga classes. You will be meeting other women on the same journey as you. It's lovely to have a tea and a natter after class with other mama's to be - many special friendships are formed at yoga.
4. As your baby grows, more pressure is put on your organs, muscles and joints. Gentle stretching will not only relieve aches and pains but will create more space for your baby to grow.
5. Practising breath work during pregnancy is such a powerful tool! In a yoga class you will learn techniques which can be used for when you need a moment of calm and for during labour.
6. Yoga will increase your strength and stamina - this is essential for pregnancy, birth and early motherhood.
7. Taking the time to slow down and focus on what is happening in your incredible body will allow you to connect with your baby. Maybe you spend this time noticing any movements that the baby is making, or perhaps you'd like to send a message to your baby.
8. Practising yoga will boost your blood circulation - it is vital to have good blood circulation in order for oxygen and nutrients to reach your baby.
If you'd like any more information on pregnancy yoga and how it can support you on your journey, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org