A lot can be said about yoga, but the main point we should all know is that this is an ancient Indian practice that connects mind and body.
The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit term “YUG”, which literally translate as “to unite”. In a broader sense, it means to work towards a unified experience of the self and improved health. Yoga is most recognized for its potential to create balance along emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions. More and more people in the developed world also recognize yoga as a means of preventing and alleviating various immunological, neurological, and mental illnesses.
Yoga is a complex system that uses physical postures, breathing techniques, concentration and meditation. Specially designed prenatal practices are very beneficial for the future mother and the baby, giving them peace and strong connection.
Our body is constantly changing, but during pregnancy this happens at a rapid pace and we need to adapt to these changes. Prenatal yoga has been created precisely for this purpose — to provide support during these nine months. It offers the future mother improved health and a safe way to maintain the strength and flexibility of her muscles, while also strengthening the lower part of her body. Prenatal yoga also helps against back pain and guarantees a quick return to the pre-pregnancy form.
“Let’s not forget a very important aspect of yoga – it is not only gymnastics that work on the body muscles, but with yoga we work on the emotions too,” says Rositsa Bozhkova-Mihailova, psychologist, writer, doula, Childbirth educator, yoga instructor, facilitator, constellation and mother of three children.
“By the way, many of the emotional blockages reflect physical blockades. So when we work, let’s say, to release the shoulders and chest, that also affects the way we feel emotionally.”
It’s hardly surprising, but a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine confirms that a healthy mother is more likely to have a healthy baby. The study found that mothers practicing yoga regularly during pregnancy are less likely to give birth prematurely. 335 women practiced yoga every day for one hour, while the control group walked for half an hour. The final results show that the yoga group had babies with better performance such as birth weight and gestational age at delivery.