We then move on to breath practice. Students are encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. We may also practice different breathing techniques which can help to reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
Next will be Asana, or posture work where, while standing, sitting or lying on the ground, ladies will gently move their bodies into different positions aimed at developing strength, flexibility and balance. They will also continue to focus on their breathing.
At the end of each prenatal yoga class, students will relax their muscles and restore their resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. They may be encouraged to listen to their own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra or word to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner calm.
Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.
For example, prenatal yoga can:
• Improve sleep
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
• Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
• Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby's growth
• Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the challenges of being a new parent.
Prenatal yoga should always be done with a qualified instructor and only undertaken after the 14th week of pregnancy
Pre natal yoga classes are conducted at the OM Space/