Who can take part in Yoga?

Anyone, all different ages, shapes and sizes. It is suitable for everyone. You don’t need to be flexible to take part. So, if you’re pregnant and looking for ways to relax or stay fit, you might want to consider antenatal yoga. If your new to yoga it is best to start in your second trimester.

What are the benefits of antenatal yoga?

Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, antenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centring and focused breathing. Research has demonstrated that antenatal yoga is safe and has many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.

So what are the benefits?

  • Promotes better sleep.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Safe way to stretch and strengthen your muscles.
  • Increases the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth.
  • Decreases lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath.
  • Helps promote breathing techniques suitable for childbirth to assist with pain.
  • Meeting and bonding with other pregnant women.
  • Helps you relax and bond with your baby.
  • helps improve pelvic floor

Are there styles of yoga that aren’t recommended for pregnant women?

There are many different styles of yoga — some more strenuous than others. Antenatal yoga, hatha yoga and restorative yoga are the best choices for pregnant women.

It is recommended to avoid hot yoga in your pregnancy. Always speak to your instructor about your pregnancy before commencing any form of yoga class so they can help modify any postures and ensure the class is suitable for you.

Why are the pelvic floor muscles important during pregnancy?

During various times in a woman’s life – including pregnancy and childbirth – these muscles can be weakened which can lead to urinary incontinence. This can vary from occasional little leaks to total loss of bladder control and is something 1 in 3 women in the UK suffer from.

Postures to avoid in pregnancy include;

  • Deep Twists
  • Poses on your abdomen
  • Deep Backbends
  • Arm Balances

If you have any questions regarding antenatal yoga, please speak with Katie, our practice manager, who is a fully qualified pregnancy yoga teacher. Katie will be more than happy to assist with any questions you may have.