“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.”
–Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Pregnancy yoga is so much more than poses and movement. It's a way to ground and land in your own body and finding faith and confidence in your ability to birth. During the classes we practice breathing, movement, relaxation, sounding, visualisation and other thing that may be helpful during birth. By trying different thing you can find what works for you and makes you feel safe. My wish is for every woman to feel trust and positivity, still keeping in mind and accepting that birth cannot always be controlled. What can be controlled, however, is the attitude or approach to birth and that can define the over all experience.
Sun and moon.
Yin and yang.
Active and calm.
Finding the balance.
Hatha is a physical and dynamic type of yoga that aims to create balance in body and mind. Classes are a combination of strong postures and gentle stretching, taking time to stop and observe and listen. Breath is a vital part of the practice and movement is often linked with the breath. Each class ends with relaxation.
Expanding your life force through breathing.
Pranayama is often translated to expansion of life force. Through breath we can take control of our own life force and the flow of energy in the body.
We often associate yoga with the physical aspect of it, asana, that we see or do on the mat. But yoga is so much more than that. There are rules for living (yama and niyama), different stages of concentration and meditation and then of course pranayama, the control of breath.
Pranayama is different kinds of breathing exercises which clean the energy channels of the body through elongating and holding the breath. Pranayama has many health benefits, it calms the mind, lowers blood pressure, stimulates digestion etc.
It is important to start the practice with care, as too much can overstimulate the nervous system. Always go technique with a teacher. As students progress they are often given a personal practice by an experienced teacher.