Prenatal Yoga Benefits

  • Benefits overall mama + baby's gestational health and development through increased circulation, better oxygenated systems, decreased stress hormones, toned organs, and soothed nervous system.

  • Promotes calm and reduces stress, anxiety and common fears.

  • Builds a sense of community with other women on the path of motherhood, creating a supportive environment where resources can be shared and discovered.

  • Educates mama on the pregnant body which prevents and heals ailments such as severe diastasis recti, incontinence, and prolapsed organs

  • Decreases common discomforts like pelvic/back/neck pain and instability, SI joint dysfunction, pubic symphasis, shallow breathing, carpel tunnel and much more.

  • Improves quality of sleep

  • Increases mind and body strength/flexibility/endurance proven to support how you show up to birth, postpartum, motherhood and beyond.

  • Regular prenatal yoga generally decreases postpartum rehabilitation time.

  • Decreases the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby's growth 

 

Prenatal specific yoga is essential as it tends to the array of biological changes unique to the body during this transformative time. Every class begins with a check-in to ensure the practice is applied to each woman's individual needs that day.

MaMa Love's prenatal yoga classes are appropriate for all trimesters and accessible for all levels of yoga. 

Postnatal Yoga Benefits

  • Restores lifelong core stability!

  • Promotes calm and reduces stress, anxiety and depression

  • Can help heal diastasis recti, incontinence, prolapsed organs, and hernias.

  • Increases physical, mental and emotional strength, stability and mobility 

  • Builds a sense of community with other women on the path of motherhood, creating a supportive environment where resources can be shared and discovered.

  • Decreases common discomforts like back/neck/shoulder/pelvic pain

  • Studies have shown that a return to physical activity after pregnancy has been associated with decreased incidence of postpartum depression, but only if the exercise is stress relieving.

Signs that core health and stability are not yet reached postpartum

 

  • Pelvic or low back pain during or after an activity

  • Bulging or doming out of the front center line of the belly or pelvic floor while moving

  • Leaking urine, gas, stool

  • Core instability - feeling like you're falling out of the front of the belly during an activity

 

MaMa Love recognizes pregnancy and birth are no small feat on the body, mind and heart - to say the very least. It takes conscious prioritizing in the first year of motherhood to show up to the healing body, and support our postnatal rehabilitation. This is HUGE, and often underestimated in importance. 

 

Remember, the first year of motherhood is a time to redefine what self-care means, and commit to reestablishing our overall wellbeing. Self-care is no longer about the quantity as much as it is the quality and consistency.

 

We view taking a little time out to connect to yourself in postnatal yoga as an essential part of maintaining centeredness in the whirlwind of new motherhood. Being skilled at centeredness is key in being the best mama and partner we wish to be. Take care of yourself as a way of taking care of the whole family.

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