A wise person once said: 'self-care is never a selfish act' - at For the Core, we believe this couldn't be more true. With all the London hustle and bustle, sometimes all we need to do is breathe and find time to restore our minds and bodies in a peaceful environment. This is even more true for mothers and expectant mothers alike.
Pregnancy yoga has both emotional and physical benefits, such as relieving tension in your body and creating that special bond with your child. We've listed some other benefits below:
1. Reduced stress
A great way to overcome stress is by focusing your mind on one thing at a time by meditating as part of your practice.
2. Toning muscles in the pelvic floor
Exercising your pelvic floor is perhaps the best thing you can do for your body during pregnancy. A weakened pelvic floor may lead expectant mothers to experience constipation (TMI, we know) or lower back pains. Through the practice of yoga, the pelvic floor can be strengthened which allows the baby to be carried easier during the pregnancy. And after childbirth, increased blood circulation to this area can aid in healing any tears.
3. Alleviates lower back pains
During pregnancy, the lower back gradually starts to curve which may lead to discomfort and pain. During yoga, these pains can be relieved by neutralising the spine and encouraging poses with a specific focus on improving your posture in the longer term.
Yoga is the perfect way to practice breathing, in preparation for those (potentially painful) contractions. Breathing boosts the amount of oxygen available for you and your baby during labour and can help to regulate your blood pressure and heart rate, which keeps you in a relaxed state.
5. Establish a deeper connection
Yoga gives us time to slow down and focus on what's going on with our bodies. During different poses, the body's response may change and can be a comforting reminder of the baby's growth.
There are so many more benefits - to find out for yourself, come along to a pregnancy class at the For the Core studio on Wednesdays at 6pm.