Now & Zen’s Calgary prenatal yoga classes provide a pregnant woman with a complete system for her body, mind and emotions. Prenatal yoga relieves many of the common physical discomforts of pregnancy such as backaches, sciatica, fatigue, insomnia, and general stiffness. The yoga poses increase physical flexibility, circulation and stamina. A woman may begin pregnancy yoga at anytime during her pregnancy and previous yoga experience is not necessary. Because the workshop size is limited to 6 students, the practice can be adjusted to individual needs’ and fine-tuned according to different levels of comfort and fitness.
Too little attention has been paid to the importance of maintaining the pelvic floor throughout women’s lives. Most women become aware of the pelvic floor only through pregnancy when Kegel exercises are introduced. Yoga is perfectly compatible with practising and maintaining this important exercise throughout pregnancy, during the postpartum period and into middle age as well as the senior years. Correct understanding and practice of pelvic floor exercises will help you effectively train and strengthen your body for a comfortable pregnancy and recovery. And it will help you maintain healthy pelvic floor muscles beyond the child bearing years.
Yoga Breathing & Meditation
We explore some relaxation and meditation strategies for conscious release of tension and stress. The breathing practices are simple and useful in maintaining and improving overall circulation. Meditation in pregnancy can help to diminish fear and anxiety towards upcoming childbirth. And some women say they gain insight and confidence in their natural ability to manage childbirth. These techniques carry over beyond the child-bearing years, providing tools and techniques for self-relaxation and insight during the busiest years of women’s lives. Yoga breathing and meditation can be the simplest gift we give ourselves in return for what often seems the relentless pace and demands of our lives.