why yoga during pregnancy?

Posted on May 1st, 2016 by

yoga in pregnancy blog

pregnancy and yoga are highly compatible. This is because yoga is a tool to explore the depths of our human nature and there is nothing more natural than having a baby.

when a women enters the state of pregnancy her senses are heightened, she can smell more vividly, she is more sensitive to taste and to emotional states, to me these are just some of the indicators that suggest a woman’s sense of intuition is increasing. Thus, to practise yoga at this time in her life, will help a women to tune into her intuitive nature and tap into her innate wisdom so that she may be guided from within in order to positively experience the transformation into motherhood.

yoga offers some effective practical tools to help navigate a women through from pregnancy to the labour, postnatal recovery and motherhood.

through the breathing techniques, gentle movement exercises, meditation and relaxation methods make it the perfect accompaniment to support a woman on her journey through pregnancy, for postnatal recovery and well into motherhood.

 benefits of yoga practice during pregnancy include:

  • keeps the body supple without strain
  • builds strength and stamina 
  • maintains joint stability
  • brings awareness to, and enhances tone of pelvic floor for to prevent tearing in labour and better postnatal recovery    
  • boosts energy and combats exhaustion
  • grounding and centring to relieve stress and anxiety and calm emotional turbulence
  • relieves common minor ailments during pregnancy
    (e.g swelling (fat ankles!) , heartburn, rib pain, constipation, hip and lower back pain) 
  • prevents stretch marks by increasing the elasticity of the skin
  • helps maintain balance as the centre of gravity changes
  • promotes relaxation and restful sleep and combats insomnia 
  • breath awareness and control along with visual techniques help manage contractions during labour 
  • hypno-birthing techniques are influenced by yoga principles and so the two are highly compatible and complimentary
  • can help the expectant mother bond with the unborn baby through visualization techniques
  • lots of all-four positing said to help with optimal foetal positioning 
  • cultivates core strength safely which will help close up abdominal diastatsis postnatally


come and join me  for pregnancy yoga every Sunday morning at london fields yoga studio in hackney. details here

if you can’t make class, you can practice my pregnancy videos online for free

my own labour with my son Milo is testament to the benefits of yoga practice. listen for free to the audio podcast of my birth story on thebirthhour here