8 Ways Prenatal Yoga Will Help to Improve Your Birth Experience

 

Yoga has changed my life. A few days without and I get cranky, sluggish, and am not very much fun to be around. With my regular routine I feel healthy, vibrant, calmer, and happier. Yes, yoga helps your body to stretch, align, center, and strengthen…. but yoga is more than just a physical routine. For me it is also a moving meditation and acts as safe place to reflect and renew. It seems logical that both it’s physical and emotional attributes would be invaluable during a pregnancy. Here are a few reasons to begin -or hopefully continue- your prenatal yoga routine to improve your birth and your life:

 


 

 

1. YOGA BRINGS US BACK TO THE BREATH

 

“Breathing is a very important part of delivering a baby, it helps to relax the body and take your mind from the pain and strain…. Yogis use what is called conscious breathing to help “still the mind.” Yoga breath work also increases the depth of the breath. By learning “three-part breath,” or “Ujjayi breathing,” we learn to breathe to our bellies, which really means we learn to use the abdominals to breathe and use our diaphragm and really work the ribs to breathe. This allows us to get more oxygen into our bodies.”1

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