5 Fab Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
(Permission to reprint article given to me by Elizabeth Rowan. Article first published on MindBodyGreen Website )
We've all seen photos of Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba, and January Jones toting a yoga mat, bringing increasing awareness and cool factor to the practice of prenatal yoga. While celebrity endorsements are great, are you aware of the amazing power of prenatal yoga for both mom and baby? At a glance, here’s a top five of the many, many benefits of prenatal yoga according to my students. The power of prenatal is nearly endless, but here’s a start.
1. Prenatal yoga doubles as a therapy session and support group.
When the baby is not positioned head down and facing downward, a host of poses can encourage him/her to turn. Downward Facing Dog, Extended Puppy, Bridge, Cat/Cow or pelvic rocking, even Legs Up the Wall poses have the power to rotate the baby. This is amazing and can possibly prevent a cesarean section too – often a surprise for my first time moms.
5. Prenatal yoga is an awesome gateway to a lifelong practice!
Many moms find yoga for the first time when referred by a doctor or friend. Similarly, prenatal is an equally attractive option for long practicing yogis once they’re expecting. New practice for moms to have for life, new practice variations for existing yogis. Everyone wins.
Pictured is pranayama mama Ashley Albrand!
Elizabeth Rowan is a formerly anxious, multiple BlackBerry-clutching executive who recently went all-in to lose the high heels, teach yoga full-time and drum up some health and inner peace. Elizabeth received her 200 hour yoga teaching training certificate from Anahata Yoga, Hong Kong, in 2011 while studying under Yogananth Andiappan, son of Dr. Asana Andiappan of Chennai, India. She is also a certified Pranakriya prenatal yoga teacher by Jacci Reynolds and a certified Radiant Child Yoga teacher by Shakta Khalsa. Elizabeth currently teaches Hatha, Yin, Prenatal and Children’s yoga in Savannah, Georgia after spending the last several years in Hong Kong.
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