'Yoga in Daily Life' offers specific Prenatal Yoga Classes with qualified instructors.
It’s imperative for mums to sustain a healthy, balanced lifestyle in order to meet the transitions and challenges of parenthood. Yoga classes are a perfect way to prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for birth and motherhood. From the moment of conception, mothers give unconditionally and will do so for years to come. The practices and techniques of Yoga enhance a mother’s health and quality of life, and support her to be a source of inspiration and strength for her family. See our Facebook page for more prenatal info AND click on a link below for classes in a suburb near you.
As the day of birth draws near, it is recommended to avoid positions that influence baby's spine to fall back against yours (posterior), such as resting and leaning too far back in the lounge with feet up, or anything where knees are higher than your pelvis. Instead, try resting positons that have you laying on your side, not your back. Spend more time leaning forward, kneeling and when sitting your trunk should be tilted slightly forwards. Sitting on a birth/exercise ball is a great way to encourage the pelvis to tilt forward (anterior).
Social health is an individual’s ability to communicate with others without conflict, to live in harmony with people and nature, whilst maintaining respect for the environment plus the creatures and others that live therein. The philosophy of Yoga encourages active engagement in sustaining social health in order to create a responsible and caring society for our children. We are reminded that we are all inter-connected beings and as such all share the same desire for peace, happiness and contentment in the world.
It is said that a mother’s thoughts and emotional health directly affect the physical and emotional wellbeing of the unborn child. Negative thoughts, worries and fears unsettle the mother’s nervous system and other bodily functions too, thereby influencing the foetus. In the same way, positive thoughts, clarity, contentment and a healthy self-confidence offer both mother and unborn child the basis for optimum physical and mental health and the practices of Yoga, relaxation and breathing exercises easily sustain this positive wellbeing.
The following is a birth Doula’s perspective on how to feel empowered in the birth experience. A Doula is not a doctor, nurse or a midwife. She is not trained to make any medical decisions. She is a committed support person there to whole-heartedly support women through childbirth, along with her partner and other support people. She does not replace a birthing mother’s partner, but ultimately helps the partner feel as much a part of the birthing experience as possible, in a calm and relaxed way. A Doula is present at all stages of labour, to reassure women and partner that all is normal and to assist in helping a couple realise the choices that are theirs to make and when it is imperative that medical support be accepted.
Maintaining optimum health is important for everyone, especially the pregnant woman. Regular practice of Yoga postures specific for pregnancy helps to relieve body fatigue, release tension, increase flexibility and promote strength, by the gentle stretching of muscles, extending of limbs, rotation of joints and mobilizing the spine. These practices also significantly benefit the internal function of the body’s organs thereby aiding circulation, digestion, respiration, heart function, as well as regulating the nervous system. Many of the Yoga practices are utilized by pregnant women to address common ailments that arise during pregnancy such as insomnia, lower back pain, leg-cramping, fatigue, digestive upsets etc.