Entries in prenatal yoga (2)

Saturday
Dec062014

Prenatal Yoga Works

It’s hardly a surprise to us yogis – pregnant or not – but now UK researchers have found the first evidence that yoga during pregnancy can help keep women stress free and reduce the risk of them developing anxiety and depression.

While it has long been assumed by medical professionals that yoga can help reduce stress levels in mothers, it had never been tested in a research setting. But in a paper recently published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, academics, from Manchester and Newcastle Universities, show that women who attended a yoga class a week for eight weeks had decreased anxiety scores compared to the control group who received normal antenatal treatment.

The professors say that the research project also shows evidence that yoga can reduce the need for pain relief during birth and the likelihood for delivery by emergency caesarean section:

“Perhaps we should be looking at providing yoga classes on the NHS. It would be relatively cheap to implement, could help mothers and their children be healthier, as well as reducing the costs of longer term health care.”

 Now that would be a brilliant idea for the Danish regions too.

It’s probably no surprise that this yogi has been doing prenatal yoga throughout my pregnancy. I started at Yogamudra at 10 weeks with no bump at all, tried Nalini and Sattva and ended up at YoJo at (whale size) the end of my pregnancy (I recommend them all). The rest has taken place in my yoga room at home (which is now a storage room due to the new member of the family). And now 9 days before my due date I’m still stretching (and teaching)  – and still doing relatively alright climbing the stairs to our 5th floor flat. I am yet to find out if yoga can reduce pain during birth, but I have a strong belief that relaxation and pranayama will. And I can’t wait to test it all out.

Photos by Amanda Thomsen at Crossfit Copenhagen.

Monday
Oct132014

Baby Baking

Just next week it’ll be time for me to go on maternity leave and not teach yoga anymore – for a while. I can’t believe it’s already 7 months since the pregnancy test had a big fat cross on it and my yoga clothes got looser and looser so I wouldn’t have to reveal the little bump until the magical 12 weeks. If things keep going this fast (and I hear they will) the little boy in my tummy will be starting school in no time.

It’s been great to teach restorative yoga all through pregnancy. I’ve said that I’ll keep going as I still have air enough to talk through an hour of mindfulness – and I still do – but as I get to leave 8 weeks before my due date on my other (real) job, I think it’s only fair to stop teaching now too. Besides I can feel that my body just wants to slow down and nest now…

So the next 8 weeks will be spent with my own prenatal yoga practice, restorative yoga, mindfulness, listening to HypnoBirthing tracks and rehearsing my breathing that I’m learning at Smertefri Fødsel. And of course getting ready for the biggest change of my life. I can’t wait to meet the little yogi.

I’ll keep you updated.

Just next week it’ll be time for me to go on maternity leave and not teach yoga anymore – for a while. I can’t believe it’s already 7 months since the pregnancy test had a big fat cross on it and my yoga clothes got looser and looser so I wouldn’t have to reveal the little bump until the magical 12 weeks. If things keep going this fast (and I hear they will) the little boy in my tummy will be starting school in no time.

It’s been great to teach restorative yoga all through pregnancy. I’ve said that I’ll keep going as I still have air enough to talk through an hour of mindfulness – and I still do – but as I get to leave 8 weeks before my due date on my other (real) job, I think it’s only fair to stop teaching now too. Besides I can feel that my body just wants to slow down and nest now…

So the next 8 weeks will be spent with my own prenatal yoga practice, restorative yoga, mindfulness, listening to HypnoBirthing tracks and rehearsing my breathing that I’m learning at Smertefri Fødsel. And of course getting ready for the biggest change in my life. I can’t wait to meet the little yogi.

I’ll keep you updated.