Tofino yoga: Yoga during Pregnancy
by Natalie Rousseau, ERYT, Tofino
Pregnancy is a special time in a woman's life. A time of great change and expectation. A time of wonder and new beginning. It can also be a time of increased discomfort as change occurs so rapidly and for those women who are juggling family responsibilities and a full time job this can also be a time of great exhaustion. Yoga can be a fantastic way to replenish depleted energy reserves while reducing the common aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Time out from a busy schedule for the practice of yoga becomes a time to gently relax and attune to your changing body and your growing baby, a time to nurture your self.
The benefits of taking this time are many.
Regular yoga practice builds strength and endurance which can help you move through the transition from pregnancy to motherhood with confidence. The asanas or postures practiced in Yoga help to increase flexibility in the muscles and connective tissues as well as range of motion in the joints which relieves a lot of the tension created by the physical changes of pregnancy. The deep breathing and conscious movement used helps to anchor the attention of the mind in the body, and the present moment which aids relaxation and mental clarity while increasing vitality. The meditative practices and the use of restorative or supportive poses can reduce insomnia and anxiety and so allow you to face change with grace and equanimity while providing the needed rest and relaxation it may be difficult to find time for in the midst of an active day. As well circulation is increased which enhances well being and hormonal balance.
These are just some of the many benefits that you may experience through the practice of Yoga. To find out more about Yoga during pregnancy find a qualified Yoga teacher near you and inquire about group or private instruction - you will find it a great addition to your self care routine. Read on to learn about the 5 Essential Principles of Pre-Natal Yoga and try a simple breath awareness meditation to enhance mental focus and nourish relaxation now.
Five Essential Principles of Pre-Natal Yoga