Yoga focuses on the balance between your mind, body and breath. This balance is created through:
- physical exercises and postures (asanas)
- breathing exercises (pranayama)
What are the benefits of yoga?
If you do it regularly, yoga is an excellent way to improve your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The postures may help you to:
- Improve your circulation, muscle tone and flexibility.
- Stay mentally agile through relaxation, breathing and meditation.
- Feel calm, and ease muscle tension.
I’ve never done yoga before. Can I start while I’m pregnant?
Pregnancy is an ideal time to start yoga. The postures for beginners are simpler than most people imagine, and you'll also meet other mums-to-be at your classes.
You’ll start gently and slowly. Your instructor will modify the postures so that they suit your stage of pregnancy. Listen to your instructor, and pay attention to what your body tells you. Yoga postures are generally designed to stretch, not strain. But if you feel any pain and discomfort, stop what you are doing.
Think about gently allowing your body to open or lengthen during a posture, rather than pushing to achieve it. Take it easy, and opt for a break if you feel tired during a class. Take a bottle of water with you to sip if you feel thirsty. Also, try to eat a light snack an hour or two before your yoga class.