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Guest Post: Basics of Yoga for Expectant Women
Yoga is an exercise that brings balance to your breath, your body and to your mind. The balance is created with physical exercises and different postures known as asanas, pranayama or breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. There are many yoga forms to suit various fitness levels. Pregnancy yoga is safe to do and when done under the guidance of a trainer and with the right modification, it can let you be strong, fit and supple.
How is Yoga Done?
The yoga sessions begin with a warm-up session that is done to stretch your arms, legs, and back. These are various postures that follow and help to give you endurance and boost your strength. The session ends with meditation and relaxation which lets you feel refreshed and lets you wind down. The session normally lasts for 90 minutes.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga has many benefits. It improves your emotional wellbeing and also gives you mental and physical fitness. The yoga asanas help to improve the circulation of blood and muscle tone and gives flexibility. It lets you feel agile mentally when you do relaxation, meditation and breathing exercises. You feel calm and yoga also helps to ease the muscle tension.
Yoga and Being Pregnant
Pregnancy is a good time to do yoga and the postures are also easy to do and very simple. You also get to meet other would-be-moms.
The yoga postures during pregnancy are very gentle and the instructor modifies the postures so that it suits the stage of your pregnancy. You should listen to your trainer and also understand what your body wants. The yoga postures let you stretch but if you feel any strain then you should let the instructor know immediately. Any pain or discomfort when doing yoga means that the particular exercise is not suited or very hard for your body and you should stop it immediately.
What Should You Do?
It is important that you tell your doctor before you start yoga or any exercise when you are pregnant. You may also talk to the trainer regarding any concerns. The second trimester is the best time to start doing yoga. You should not be trying the yoga postures in the first trimester in case you have not done yoga before.
Things to Mind
Miscarriages happen mostly in the first trimester. There is no evidence to prove that as soon as your pregnancy symptoms start to show and your pregnancy gets confirmed if you start doing yoga it, will harm you. But to be safe some trainers will ask you not to do yoga in the first trimester. The second trimester is best because you also feel less tired.
In the first trimester, you may just want to do some breathing and relaxation exercises. Also take care that certain postures like lying on the back after the 16th week of pregnancy, exercises that let you hold your breath or where you need to take forceful breaths, a posture that makes you strained, back-bends, and inversion postures should be completely avoided all through the pregnancy.