The term ‘yoga’ is a Sanskrit word meaning union and due to its nature it is used to denote the union of mind, body and spirit wherein physical postures referred to as asanas are performed for the attainment of mental calm and peace. Being one of the oldest physical disciplines which originated in India centuries ago, yoga entails the practice of physical exercise along with meditation and breathing to provide complete flexibility to the entire body including the internal organs finally culminating in self enlightenment and self awareness. Therefore, pregnancy yoga is not only meant for physically helping the expecting mother to cope with the changes in her body but also for accomplishing aplomb while going through this crucial phase.
In order to begin yoga for pregnancy, the expecting mother first needs to devote some time to conduct research as regards the type of yoga which would be most suitable for her in terms of her existing physical state as well as her mental state of mind. Generally beginners are recommended to commence their yoga pregnancy training through hatha yoga or vinyasa yoga both of which are slow and basic styles and therefore apt for beginners and well as pregnant women. Apart from these two, there are other styles as well but since they entail more complex asanas and poses, they should best be avoided till a later stage.
The next step is to find a yoga pregnancy class in the area which suits one’s individual requirements and one of the best ways to do this would be to scour the local newspapers and wellness magazines which would contain the relevant listings. Yoga classes are generally conducted at home or in a studio but there are times when such classes are conducted in the local gymnasium as well.
Yoga for pregnant women begins on the first day when the expecting mother arrives at the venue in an appropriate attire of breathable clothing, a yoga mat of her own and having consumed fluids in appropriate quantity. The first day is basically an introduction to the course and is a good time to determine one’s position with respect to the other members of the class in terms of space and alignment. Most of the yoga classes commence with the recitation of ‘Om’ followed by breathing exercises and a short spell of meditation. Since the class is meant for pregnant women this is followed by warm up poses and relaxed stretches and the class comes to an end with ‘Om’ once again.
It is but natural for the expecting mother to feel a bit sore after the class but this need not be a cause of concern since much of the soreness dissipates over a period of time. Yoga pregnancy is for you.