CONGRATULATIONS! & welcome to the Pregnancy Leitrim Yoga section.
Now that you are pregnant, you’ll be looking at your body with fresh eyes, marveling at all the strange and wonderful things going on inside and out. Seeing yourself transform physically gives you a good idea of just how much work your body has to do during pregnancy & childbirth. Yoga, quite simply, means ‘connection’, so take this opportunity to be with yourself and your baby. As your baby develops, your body will grow and stretch, while also coping with an extra weight load. Then comes labour, which is a bit like running a marathon, with a particularly demanding final stage! So it’s no surprise that stamina, strength, flexibility and mental wellbeing are hugely important for getting both you and your baby through this journey in good shape.
If you’ve done yoga before, you’ll find these routines a little gentler than what you’re probably used to. It’s okay to begin at any time during your pregnancy (once your GP has given you the all clear also – the earlier you start, the sooner you’ll enjoy all the benefits of the exercises and relaxation techniques.
Leitrim Yoga pregnancy classes are a wonderful way to help your body cope with the demands of pregnancy, and to prepare for your labour and delivery. Because yoga is a holistic exercise – meaning it tackles mind and body – this program will reduce anxiety and stress while simultaneously toning and strengthening your body.
Pregnancy yoga works wonders for your mind & body
Prenatal yoga offers you a wealth of benefits, both physical and mental. Unlike other forms of exercise, it is gentle on the body, and boosts energy rather than draining it.
Originating in India, Yoga’s roots can be traced back at least five thousand years. It consists of different poses called ‘asanas’, that are held steady for up to several seconds, while controlling the breathing. The breathing techniques are called ‘pranayamas’. Each pose or ‘asana’ targets different areas of the body.
Yoga’s poses and breathing techniques are tried, tested and proven by countless pregnant women to deliver excellent results.
- Teaches body and breath awareness
- Boosts confidence in the body’s ability to do its job during pregnancy and labour
- Helps minimise the discomforts of pregnancy, as the stretching exercises relieve those nagging aches and pains
- Improves posture, which can help ease the back problems common to pregnancy
- Boosts circulation and helps reduce fluid retention
- Can help lower blood pressure
- Improves digestion and helps expel toxins from your body
- Relaxes and calms so you sleep better
- Improves flexibility, enabling you to use various positions in labour to ease pain and facilitate delivery
- Makes ligaments more elastic which can help reduce labour pain
- The controlled breathing techniques combined with the exercises relieve worry and stress, helping mothers-to-be to keep calm and focused during stressful times including labour
- Tones and strengthens muscles, including the pelvic floor, which plays an important role in pushing out the baby
- Helps protect your body from possible damage during pregnancy and birth
- May also reduce the chances of developing stretch marks
- Yoga will also help you get your pre-pregnancy shape back faster!
What does the pregnancy yoga course involve?
This prenatal course features easy to follow, step-by-step instructions covering:
- Yoga moves and routines for pregnant women
- Baby bonding exercises to help you connect with your unborn child
- Breathing techniques
- Birthing positions
- Relaxations & Visualisations
Easy does it
As with any form of exercise, you’re advised to first check with your doctor or midwife. If a position feels uncomfortable, leave that one out. You should also be care not to overstretch as the ligaments around joints become loose and soft during pregnancy.
We have these in the Leitrim Yoga Studio, but please bring your own blanket.
- Wear comfortable stretchy clothing such as track pants or leggings and a t-shirt or exercise top
- A mat or rug
- Two cushions or pillows
- A strap or tie
- A blanket (please bring your own)
Like many pregnant women, especially in the second and third trimester, you may find that you have light bladder leakage during exercise. This is true with yoga, even though it’s not strenuous. Please don’t worry about this. It’s common and can be easily managed with discreet Poise products which are very similar to panty liners. They’re super-absorbent and barely discernible even under skin-hugging leggings.
Partners are also welcome to attend!
– Booking is essential –
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.