Life-Changing Benefits of Yoga For Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond

Physical, Mental and Spiritual Benefits of Yoga for Pregnancy

by Lauren Horn, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor

One of my great joys is watching pregnant women emerge into motherhood as they go through our Prenatal Yoga and on to Postpartum Yoga and then Busy Mom Yoga classes. 

Why are the benefits of yoga for pregnancy so powerful? Here are just a few reasons.

There are so many fears and concerns for most women as they make this transition, and anxiety is common.

Giving birth is a scary unknown despite the fact that it happens to women around the world every day!

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Thankfully, there are helpful childbirth and parenting classes, books, and videos to help new parents navigate these uncharted waters.

And of course we recommend a childbirth class that’s comprehensive and non-judgemental (here’s info about our live or self-paced online birth class).

But childbirth preparation is not just about gathering obstetric information; it’s also about self-discovery.

The contemplative environment of a prenatal yoga class can help to expand your awareness of yourself on all levels. It allows you to tap into a more profound wisdom already residing within and to sift through all the information you’re gathering to find what is right for you.

This is where the life-changing benefits of yoga for pregnancy, birth and beyond come in:

Physical Benefits of Yoga for Pregnancy

Physically, yoga poses strike a delicate balance of strength and flexibility. The poses are chosen to create space and comfort for a growing baby and mama. 

A mother’s growing body and hormones tend to cause aches and pains throughout pregnancy.

The importance of an alignment-based yoga class is to reposition the mother and baby for optimal energy flow. 

By using endurance practices that challenge moms-to-be – we call our birth prep sequences “Beyond Endurance”, because you practice going beyond where your brain tell you you can’t – you begin to experience your body as strong and capable.

The alignment-based poses taught in class are also useful during labor to ease pain and reposition the baby if needed, and to bring mama’s nurturing energy to her changing body.

Mental Benefits of Yoga for Pregnancy

Mentally, yoga breathing teaches mothers to focus on the breath and aligning with your power and wisdom, which quiets the mind. This is an essesntial skill for labor and birth. 

The ability to quietly focus is needed when intense sensations and challenges are happening.  

When a mother can retreat to a peaceful place in her mind, she can better manage the challenges that are in front of her.

Challenges can include a prolonged labor, the intense sensations of contractions, or an unexpected turn of events – all of which we can get through by finding “the eye of the storm”.

Additionally, consistent yoga practice can cultivate discernment, awareness, self-regulation and higher consciousness, all incredible functions of the mind to create positive change in how we view pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.

Spiritual Benefits of Yoga for Pregnancy

Spiritually, yoga welcomes the wonder and mystery of pregnancy and birth. Yoga can help a mom-to-be connect to the unique individual growing inside, teaching her to be the best version of herself.

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And it can help her connect to the universal consciousness that is a more significant force working alongside her, teaching her to surrender to the flow of the Divine.

We’d love for you to experience the benefits of yoga for pregnancy yourself – hop in to a live, expert-taught, gounding, strengthening, nurturing prenatal yoga class – in your own living room!

Thank you for spreading the Ma love!

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