June 10, 2009
Some of you that know me are probably saying, “What?! You’re pregnant?” Um. No. Not quite. But, my friend Kaia was kind enough to invite me to the prenatal yoga class she teaches at YogaWorks in El Segundo. I like yoga a lot, but I’m not a die hard or anything. I also hadn’t been in a long time so I wondered- were these mommies-to-be gonna kick my yoga butt?
Maybe it’s because I am at that baby making age but I felt so happy just being around the energy of a bunch of pregnant women. The class was a mellow yet pleasant pace and I could really see how if I had a baby in my belly, we’d both really be connecting and enjoying each other.
Prenatal yoga is beneficial because it helps you learn to breath deeply and relax which is quite a useful tool as you face labor, birth and motherhood. Not to mention, it’s just a terrific low impact exercise. It’s also a wonderful way to become a part of a supportive community.
Some of the other benefits of prenatal yoga are:
- increased circulation
- reduces swelling
- relieves back pain
- minimizes water retention
- alleviates mood swings
- helps control weight gain
- decreases anxiety and stress
- decreases insomnia and fatigue