I am not an expert at yoga. But, during my second pregnancy, I diligently practiced it with the help of my yoga teacher, Sangeetha Bhat. I am thankful to her for transforming my pregnancy to be a wonderful experience that I am going to cherish for the rest of my life. I am writing this post, specifically to urge you to consider yoga during your pregnancy and also as a lifestyle choice. Since I am not a certified yoga practitioner, I am not going to share with you any knowledge about the best asanas to perform during your pregnancy, however, I want to share with you the benefits I received from yoga(which is more than just a form of exercise) during this short yet miraculous journey in my life.
6 reasons you should practice Yoga during pregnancy
1. Pain-Free Pregnancy
Pregnancy is uncomfortable at best. Your body is undergoing a multitude of changes. You get heavier by the day, your centre of balance is offset by the growing belly, your back arches and more. You ache in places that you did not know you had: standing up, walking, sitting down, lying down all involves different degrees of discomfort and pain.
Specifically designed yoga stretches and postures helped manage this discomfort and make me feel flexible and at ease with my body throughout the pregnancy. This, in turn, helped me sleep better.
2. Improves Digestion
Anyone who has been pregnant will tell you, it is accompanied by a heartburn like nothing you have experienced before. Acidity and gas will be your constant companions. There are multiple causes for this heartburn and digestion issues but that is not the focus of this post. I am here to tell you, you might as well help yourself a little bit. Consistent yoga helped me alleviate the symptoms and kept me eating fearlessly in my pregnancy.
3. Balances the Hormones
Pregnancy is one emotional roller-coaster. One day, you are bursting with love and happiness and crying tears of joy. The next day, or maybe even the next minute, you are overwhelmed and heading towards the depths of sadness, and crying nevertheless.
Yoga helped me smoothen the edges and reduce the fluctuations in my emotions.
4. Spiritual well-being
Yoga is not just physical exercise. It is a means to spiritual awakening. During pregnancy, my connection to myself, my body and my soul, deepened. Which in turn, helped me bond with the child inside me.
My teacher believed that we can imbibe our baby with the qualities that we want to him to have by thinking about them during the pregnancy. And I believed her. Listening to parts of the Bhagwad Gita during my yoga sessions was one of the transformative experiences of my life.
5. Increases your chances for a normal delivery
If you are looking to have a vaginal delivery, yoga will help you with flexibility as well as strength required for it. However, my birth story (or rather my battle with it) is a long one and reserved for another time.
6. Aids in Post Partum health and Recovery
My recovery was much faster the second time around than the first time. I believe this was because I was mentally and physically stronger.
I would like to end this post by advocating the practice of yoga, both before, during and after pregnancy for one and all.
Do you practice yoga? Did you try it during your pregnancy?
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