Practicing prenatal yoga is proven to offer a whole host of physical, mental and spiritual benefits. It provides sustainable relief from pregnancy-related conditions and aids the birthing process. To demonstrate the many advantages of prenatal yoga, today we’ll examine the physical benefits of yoga for labour.
Yoga is a very useful tool for improving flexibility. Flexibility is important during labour due to the strain that is put on the body. Prenatal yoga involves various poses and stretches that, if repeated over time, will enhance fluidity. The ‘cat pose’, for example, increases spinal flexibility while strengthening abdominal muscles. Spinal flexibility will aid in a more comfortable birth through the ability to use different birthing positions.
The Cat Pose
Extending the leg out from the Cat Pose help open the hips in preparation for birth and increase your core strength.
Childbirth requires the body to be incredibly strong, as labour puts a great deal of stress on the body. Prenatal yoga helps improve both muscle and core strength. Core strength is the body’s ability to stabilise during movement and relates directly to the abdominal wall, the pelvis, the lower back, and the diaphragm. Each of these muscle sets are heavily utilised during labour and by strengthening these core muscles through prenatal yoga, you can ease the birthing process.
The Butterfly Pose: Sit with your back supported against
the wall, knees bent and the soles of your feet touching.
Try and draw your heels as close to your body as possible.
Prenatal yoga uses positions to improve and enhance whole body circulation, particularly important for pelvic tissue as its circulation is directly connected to early labour pain. Regular prenatal yoga develops excellent pelvic tissue circulation, reducing pain during the early stages of labour. The ‘butterfly pose’ is especially effective as it bids the stretching of the pelvic bone.
To learn more about the benefits of prenatal yoga for pregnancy and labour purchase Jiivana’s complete pregnancy yoga DVD ‘Bliss from Within’.