The Essence of Yoga for Pregnancy
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise. It has been contributing towards the holistic living of individuals in the natural way. Yoga facilitates a relaxed mind and healthy body. During pregnancy, women battle with a lot of problems such as mood swings, fatigue, sickness, painful leg cramps and breathing problems. Indulging in yoga exercises will help you ensure a period of relieved nine months. This is not all. You will also benefit from easier labour and smooth delivery.
According to former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress Lara Dutta, yoga is the best way to deal with pregnancy and related complications. The actress became a mother of a baby girl and launched her prenatal yoga DVD titled ‘Heal with Lara’. She launched this DVD under pre-natal yoga expert Tonia Clarke. The DVD states the significance of yoga during pregnancy.
Women who have been regularly practising yoga would only need minor modifications to their yogic routine during pregnancy. The basic aim of pregnancy yoga is to facilitate the mother give birth to the baby with minimum hassle. It also promises birth of the baby sans any health complications. You need to practise varied positions and exercises practiced across the three trimesters of pregnancy.
A pregnant woman should also take her health history into account prior to beginning with the exercises. For women performing yoga asanas for the first time in their life should follow a regime and avoid rushing into things. Also make sure you do not rush into the exercises without prior medical consent. Remember that the first three months are the most crucial for you. The chances of miscarriage are known to be high. Hence, you need to take utmost caution during this period of time.
Yoga postures strengthen the pelvic muscles and enhance the womb space to ensure healthy growth of the foetus. There are many benefits of asanas. You need to practise exercises to release ‘endorphins’, also known as happy hormones. This will keep you and positive.
Here is a list of the best exercises suggested for women to attempt during pregnancy months:
Vakrasna (Twisted pose)
It exercises spine, legs, hands, neck and also massages abdominal organs gently.
Utkatasana (Chair pose)
It strengthens thigh and pelvic muscles.
Konasana (Angle pose)
It is important for flexibility of waist and keeps fat under control in the waist region.
Paryankasana (Ham’s pose with one leg)
The exercise strengthens abdominal, pelvic and thigh muscles.