India is the birthplace of many things, and Yoga is one of the most treasured expressions from the region. Yoga comprises of several physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines meant to harness harmony and well-being in the body. The disciplines are known as mantras, and there are quite a few of them.
If you’ve attended a Yoga session or watched Yoga videos, you might have noticed there are few or no pregnant women there. That might get you thinking that Yoga poses are not meant for pregnant mommies. That’s not true, however.
You see, the magic of Yoga doesn’t lie in the poses, it lies in you. How you practice Yoga and how you feel when you are practicing it is what really matters. It also determines the benefits you gain from doing your mantras.
However, before jumping into a Yoga class with a 5 month bump, it is always wise to consult your doctor. Preferably, speak to your family doctor who knows your medical history. He should be able to determine if your body can handle the exercises. If he gives you the green light, then you’re about to enter into the best times of your pregnancy.
Pregnancies bring along anxiety, stress and fear. A Yoga session can greatly reduce the stress and tensions helping you reconnect with your inner joyful self. However, this doesn’t happen because of the poses you do during a Yoga session.
The relief comes from you connecting to your inner self, and accepting your new body. During the pregnancy, you might be worried about the extra pounds you’ve gained. You might also be worried about the future of your unborn baby.
All these tend to disconnect you from your real self. Learning to disconnect from these fears during Yoga session is the first step towards relaxation and wellness. It’s not a matter of whether you can do the poses. It’s a matter of how much you can get your mind into the exercise.
To reap the benefits of Yoga when you are pregnant, get out of your comfort zone. That’s the first mantra. This might be confusing. You are supposed to be comfortable when you are doing Yoga. However, you need to explore beyond your comfort zone. You want to try different poses, but at the same time, you should not over exert yourself.
Here’s the easy way of getting out of your comfort zone.
First, start where you’re really comfortable. If you are comfortable on your hands and knees, you can start with the child’s pose. Take deep breaths and explore what’s around you. Remember, Yoga is all about exploring ourselves and the world. Don’t treat it like a linear discipline. Think of it like a limitless world where you can do anything you want.
When you do this, you end up doing poses you didn’t think were possible for a pregnant mommy.