Posted by: Trudy Prevost | September 3, 2013

Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga


Prepare emotionally and physically for labour with Rainbow Yoga.

Rainbow Yoga Prenatal classes typically include yoga exercises to strengthen and stretch the body; breathing exercises to increase calm, focus and balance; and relaxation techniques to release deeply held tensions.

Another wonderful thing you can get from attending prenatal yoga classes, is a chance to meet and compare notes with other pregnant women. This can prove an invaluable source of support and information

A yoga exercise program is a gentle way to keep active and supple. The benefits listed below show how yoga can contribute to a smooth pregnancy, natural childbirth and restoration of body shape after childbirth.

Prenatal yoga exercises can help:

  • reduce nausea and mood swings.
  • boost energy and lessen fatigue.
  • restore calm and focus.
  • reduce physical and emotional tensions and stress.
  • enhance strength and confidence.
  • improve posture, stability and balance.
  • create optimal health and awareness.
  • contribute to a faster, easier, less painful labour.
  • reduce the likelihood and need of medical intervention during delivery.
  • relieve edema (fluid retention) and cramping.
  • strengthen and massage the abdomen.
  • stimulate bowel action and enhance the digestive process.
  • relieve tension around the cervix and birth canal.
  • assist the mother to focus on opening the pelvis to make labor easier and quicker.
  • develop flexibility in the hip region.
  • increase strength and awareness of pelvic floor
  • relieve aches and pains such as backache, sciatica, sore knees, and headaches.
  • If you opt for pain relief, the practice of yoga may help you sense the contractions sufficiently for you to feel that you are not relying exclusively on external cues to deliver your baby.

Post natal yoga exercise can help:

  • restore the uterus, abdomen and pelvic floor.
  • relieve upper back tension and breast discomfort.
  • regain strength and flexibility.
  • prevent and or alleviate postpartum depression.


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