Pregnancy is an experience set in the human body, defined largely by ever-changing bodily sensations, but it is also a time of remarkable inner growth and exploration. Some women discover, when confronting beliefs and conceptions about pregnancy and labor, that this very natural state of being can feel just the opposite- confusing, highly medicalized and downright scary. Our society’s reduced cultural exposure towards birth (and all the joys that come with it) do not always encourage women to follow their natural instincts during this pivotal time in their lives. Highly attuned to the natural world around them, research studies have shown that pregnancy increases a women’s intuitiveness, not only within the realm of their bodies but in relation to others. Like all other animals, approaching labor from a place of uneasiness or fear can dramatically alter the process and make for a less fulfilling experience.
Finding a supportive, healthy environment to create ease, practice self-care, and nourish your soul is critical to a woman’s journey through pregnancy and labor, and the path she will walk as a mother. Prenatal yoga provides a multi-faceted approach to toning and softening the body, introducing and reinforcing positive mental imagery of birth and parenting, and a supportive community of women sharing similar experiences. Classes involve mindful movements designed to protect the joints and ligaments, strengthen large muscle groups, tone and soften the pelvic floor, and alleviate common discomforts of pregnancy. Meditation and deep relaxation also aid in tuning into the “right mind,” the hemisphere of the brain women instinctually access when giving birth. Open discussion and education about all things pregnancy are components of our practice, and the personal connections created in a prenatal yoga class can last a lifetime, during the ups and down of parenting and beyond.
If you are brand new to yoga or a seasoned yogi, prenatal classes are one of the best ways to exercise and care for your changing body. Come practice yoga with someone who whole-heartedly believes in your right to a supportive, comfortable birth!