Exercise, yoga, in particular, is good for you, and it can be really beneficial for both you and baby when pregnant. Here’s why you should consider joining a YogaBellies class near you when pregnant…
Yoga Provides Flexibility
Throughout pregnancy, you may notice that your body changes quite significantly. You can become stiff, slower in movement and even suffer from pregnancy-associated aches and pains. As you move through the different stages of your pregnancy, you may notice that our tendons stiffen, and your joints may feel sore. When this happens, simple day-to-day movements can become painful or difficult.
Additionally, when you walk long distances you may notice that your backaches. But the good news is that yoga can significantly improve your mobility, meaning it can help lengthen those tight muscles and tendons and soothe your pregnancy associated aches and pains. Regularly practising yoga throughout your pregnancy can give you a better range of motion and flexibility to keep you and baby fit and healthy.
Yoga Builds Strength
Outside of pregnancy, yoga often requires you to hold a position for a long period of time, but as you move into a more gentle and relaxing practice, there is less focus on holding a position for long times. Instead, simple poses such as cat curls can really help to strengthen your core without putting too much pressure on your joints. By practising yoga regularly throughout your pregnancy, your posture will improve, you’ll be stronger, and be able to support you and your little bundle who’s growing within.
One of the most important aspects of yoga is breathing, which is hugely stress-reducing. When you focus on your breathing, it automatically lowers cortisol (a stress hormone) and it lowers your heart rate, which is absolutely vital when pregnant.
Additionally, yoga requires great focus and requires you to look inward and focus on your body, the connection with your baby, and the very moment you’re both in. This focus reduces stress and is similar to meditation and it’s wonderful for the health of your body, your mind and your baby.
If you would like to find inner peace and connect with your baby through yoga, find a YogaBellies class in your area here www.yogabellies.co.uk/findaclass.