By MEAGAN MCCRARY
The days are long gone
when expecting mothers were told to take it easy during pregnancy.
As a result more and more pregnant women are turning to prenatal
yoga as a safe, effective way to achieve the recommended amount of
exercise, while preparing for childbirth. Not only is it a great
way to stay in shape, prenatal yoga can lay the foundation for a
healthy pregnancy, labor and baby.
yoga classes will strengthen and relax your body, helping to
relieve common discomforts that occur naturally with pregnancy. It
will also ease your mind, reducing the negative effects of stress;
and help cultivate a stronger bond with your baby-to-be, as you
connect to yourself on a deeper level.
Practicing yoga during
pregnancy can help improve circulation, aid in digestion and
normalize blood pressure. Yoga will also strengthen the pelvic
floor and thigh muscles as you prepare for labor. Deep breathing
practiced during prenatal yoga sessions will help you through even
the toughest delivery.
participating in yoga can continue to practice, modifying poses to
compensate for their changing bodies. If you are pregnant, make
sure you let your teacher know. For women who have never practiced
yoga, prenatal yoga is a great place to start, with your doctor’s
Prenatal yoga classes
are available at studios throughout Los Angeles. Since minor
misalignments increase with pregnancy, it’s important to find a
teacher who is knowledgeable in biomechanical body alignment.
Anusara and Iyengar are just a few of the yoga styles focused on
healthy alignment in every pose. Additionally, a good prenatal
yoga teacher will be aware of the changes occurring during
pregnancy and the unique challenges of being with child.
By attending classes
you will join a community of women who are sharing your
experience, creating an instant support group and bonds that may
last a lifetime.
Thoroughly trained in
Anusara Yoga, Meagan is a certified private prenatal yoga,
dedicated to helping women enjoy the experience of pregnancy and
embrace their changing bodies.
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