Pregnancy Yoga

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Pregnancy Yoga is coming to 24/7 Sorrento!

Commencing Saturday 22nd of April 2017 our Instructor Rhianna will be taking classes for Pre & Post Natal ladies to get them ready for the whole birth and motherhood journey and to assist in the recovery.
Classes will be held from 2:45 to 3:45 and includes gentle strengthening and stretching as well as breathing techniques to help aid in the birth process and life in general.
Yoga is designed to relieve aches and pains, especially lower back pain, sciatic and pelvic pain. It helps improve symptoms of nausea, heartburn, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia. And you’ll learn to love your body as it changes from week to week.
If you are in the later stages of pregnancy or it’s not long since you’ve given birth, please check with your doctor if it’s okay for you to participate. Please always be mindful that you attend class when you feel physically capable.
Looking specifically at a pregnant woman’s body, yoga can specifically work the areas with the most need in a class geared toward pregnant women. Below are some of the most important pains, areas of interest and common pregnancy issues yoga can safely and gently alleviate and improve.
4 Good reasons to do Yoga during and after Pregnancy:
1. The Breath: Breathing is not something we often think about throughout the day. It is a mechanical function of the body. We never really have to remind our selves to breathe, but we should, especially to prepare our body for the process of labor. Breathing is a very important part of delivering a baby, it helps to relax the body and take your mind from the pain and strain.
2. The Pelvic Floor: The pelvic floor is a hammock of muscles that form a bowl attached to the pelvis. This muscle supports the vital reproductive and digestion organs, as well as the baby during pregnancy and plays a vital role in sexual intercourse for both men and women.
During pregnancy it is especially important to exercise your pelvic floor muscle as it has to support a greatly increased load at this time. Although pregnancy is not the only factor for a weakened pelvic floor, aging and inactivity can play a role; it can weaken from pregnancy and childbirth. Although not the cause, a weak pelvic floor can be the start of some health problems. That is why it is very important to work with these muscles, especially after childbirth. Like any other muscle in the body, the pelvic floor can be re-strengthened.
3. The Posture: As the babies and bellies grow and change, so does the centre of gravity. One of the things that allows us to walk upright is the balance between the lower back muscles and our four abdominal muscles. However, when our abdominals are weak, this can cause our lower back muscles to over compensate and over work, causing pain and strain in the lumbar area. When the belly moves more forward with growth, this stretches the abdominals beyond their original shape, weakening them and this causing lower back pain during pregnancy when none may have ever been experienced before, especially in the third trimester. Although pregnancy is not the time to do major core work, it is recommended to gently work all four abdominals to keep them a little strong.
Yoga can also help alleviate the pressure the lower back is under during the shift in gravity. By stretching the upper leg muscles and the lower back, tension will start to release. Partnered with the smart abdominal work, your body will feel less pain as it goes through the journey of pregnancy.
4. The Hips: Prenatal yoga can help bring back flexibility and comfort to the groups of muscles and bone structures in the front and back of the hips. Hormones released during pregnancy soften and relax joints and cartilage between bones in our pelvis to prepare it for child birth. However, getting the muscles ready is good to facilitate an easier birth for mom and baby.Yoga can also stretch the ligaments in the pelvis, hip and leg areas, all making the positions and pushing in labor easier.
What else can yoga do?
Research suggests that prenatal yoga can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. Studies have suggested that practicing yoga while pregnancy can also improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth.
It can also decrease nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath, and decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby’s growth.
But don’t forget, yoga is also a perfect workout after you have your baby as well. When you feel ready to move, starting out with gentle yoga, simple breathing and stretching is a great way to start your body moving again. Also, try practicing pranayama, the relaxation from deep belly breathing and action of the muscles helps to speed up the recovery time.
Call the Studio on 0447 193 425 or go to our website www.247lifestylestudio.com.au for more information or to book

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