A practice uniquely designed for pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga is a form of yoga that helps support moms-to-be emotionally and physically.
What is Prenatal Yoga?
With an emphasis on breathing, stamina, pelvic floor work, restorative poses, and core strength, Prenatal Yoga can help you become more resilient during and after pregnancy. Prenatal yoga gives you the opportunity to feel your body and your breath.
Your breath is your greatest ally while giving birth. A focused deep belly breath that’s rhythmic verses a strong or hard engagement of the abdominals encourages softness and suppleness during class and throughout pregnancy. This same breath helps your focus and release during the waves of contractions in labor. When you’re relaxed, you not only feel less stress but you’re also able to cope more easily with stressors that do arise. This is key during both pregnancy and labor.
When you’re faced with the flood of stress hormones that life and labor generates, the ability to stay calm and relaxed can help you contend with the intensity of the sensations of labor. Birthing a baby requires both great effort and the ability to release expectations. Cultivating this practice on the yoga mat translates to your ability to labor and birth.
Does Abundant Yoga offer Prenatal Yoga classes?
Prenatal-focused yoga at Abundant Yoga is incorporated into some of our regular scheduled class offerings to help you gracefully move through Christ centered meditation, breathing, and movement. A huge resource needed in pregnancy is promoting relaxation while strengthening the muscles and joints that support your baby during pregnancy and labor. Prenatal yoga not only helps you connect with your body’s God-given innate wisdom to birth your baby, but also to connect with your own body and baby during pregnancy.
Our talented Prenatal Yoga instructor, Abbey Harris, is not only passionate about prenatal yoga, but is also a registered nurse working locally with Certified Nurse Midwives at Baby & Company, an out-of-hospital birth center whose mission is to support pre- and post-natal moms in the birthing process.
What are the benefits of Prenatal Yoga?
During pregnancy, the body changes rapidly, but the incorporation of a regular yoga practice can facilitate and ease these changes making you strong and flexible in all the right places for an easier labor, delivery and postpartum recovery.
One of the greatest benefits of prenatal yoga is learning to relax. Going through pregnancy and its myriad of physical and hormonal changes can be exhausting. Anxieties frequently emerge about your baby’s health or anticipations about the upcoming transition to parenting can be stressful.
It also promotes an increase in blood supply to your baby through the placenta. Once you hone your ability to relax in your yoga class, you can use those same yoga techniques to encourage the relaxation response in normal stressful moments that arise in pregnancy. This is also essential in labor, as breath and relaxation are key to helping your body open up more rapidly and smoothly to deliver your baby.
What can I expect in any Prenatal Yoga class/workshop?
A great prenatal yoga class or workshop will help you find comfort and release, which encourages a relaxation response. Relaxation creates physiological changes: Your heart rate slows, your blood pressure drops, your breathing becomes deep and rhythmic, and stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol dissipate. Allowing the “feel good” love hormone of oxytocin to release. The same hormone that helps you connect with (and birth!) your baby.
At Abundant Yoga, our goal for Prenatal Yoga is to offer you a space on your mat to connect with Jesus, your baby, and your own heart. And, to have the ability to surrender all the “what-if’s” of pregnancy and parenthood and receive the love and affection of God to transition into your next life chapter.