For pregnant women, making sure the only thing that expands is your stomach can be difficult. However, Vinyasa yoga provides a safe and beneficial way for pregnant women to stay in shape while helping their growing baby. Lana Masor, MS, 500-RYT, provides an introduction to prenatal yoga.
Lana: For all my pregnant goddess' out there, if you are interested in beginning a prenatal yoga practice, it is definitely a wonderful thing to do for yourself. It will not only help you feel strong, but it will help to increase your balance and know that you are doing something wonderful for you and for your baby. A prenatal yoga practice is a Vinyasa yoga practice that has been modified for the pregnant woman. I use blocks and straps and bolsters to help a woman's changing body move safely through a yoga practice. During the yoga practice I lead pregnant women through a series of Kegel exorcises which is extremely important for strengthening the pelvic floor, we then follow that with a relaxation, or restorative pose. And I do that to calm the nervous system and just bring her to a more peaceful place. Followed by that we will do sun salutations and then we end the restorative pose. I would recommend to all pregnant women, if you have an opportunity to try a prenatal class, do it for yourself, do it for the health of your baby and for you, spiritually and mentally during this very important time in your life.