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Yoga. It’s a small word. But, its benefits for the Mom-to-be and the mom who recently delivered are immense. Yoga helps you to understand your mind-body connection through breath, simple movements and postures. Understanding the basics of your mind-body connection helps maximize strength, health and overall well-being throughout pregnancy.

Yoga helps the expecting mom reduce stress, anxiety and depression throughout her pregnancy. Yoga benefits extend beyond birth. Practiced in the weeks and months after delivery, yoga supports the body’s recovery and enhances that special bond between you and your new baby. It also aids in healing, increases relaxation and provides gentle strengthening.

What’s In It for Me?

Expecting? Yoga is a multi-faceted approach to exercise that enhances stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Routine practice for the Mom-to-be has been shown to:

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed in childbirth
  • Reduce lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath

For the mom who recently delivered, postpartum yoga assists the body in healing after childbirth, increases relaxation and gently improves mom’s strength. Other benefits include:

  • Strengthens the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
  • Releases tension in the shoulders
  • Helps balance hormone levels
  • Promotes better, deeper sleep
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

Consider This…

Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga classes are a wonderful way to connect with other new mothers in a supportive and healthy environment. Classes last 50 minutes. They are designed for expecting moms and mothers who delivered at least four weeks prior to enrollment.

  • Consult with your OB-GYN before enrolling in either prenatal or postpartum yoga classes. Ensure your body is ready for physical activity.
  • Proper hydration is essential. Bring water with you to class.
  • You will need a blanket and a yoga mat. You may also want to bring a yoga block and yoga strap, but they are not required.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that enables free movement.
  • Listen to your body during class. You know its cues better than anyone. Let the instructor know if you need to take a break.

Mom, Meet Emily

Emily Farmer practices yoga daily. She is a mother of two who practiced yoga throughout and after her pregnancies. She started taking yoga classes in 2007 and was inspired to continue her training. She is a registered yoga teacher certified by the Yoga Alliance, USA, with additional training at the Rishikesh YogPeeth immersion yoga school in India. There, she lived and trained for a month in a small village at the base of the Himalayas along the Ganges River. Emily taught yoga in various countries in North America, Europe and Asia before moving to Lafayette.