Being with your growing baby on your yoga mat is a sacred time, a time to come away from your day and be with your unborn child. A place to connect, to enjoy togetherness and to feel empowered within your pregnancy. It is a place to let go of any fears, anxieties or holdings and connect with your inner power. A place to find your breath, to be quiet and to cultivate a presence of mind, body and soul which you can take with you into labour and into the birth and the more we practice cultivating these during our pregnancy the more instinctive they will be for the birth of our baby.
It takes time, its takes patience, it takes practice.
So it is important to create a beautiful space, free from distractions and interruptions which can become your special place for you and your unborn child to bond.
Into this space bring some flowers, photos of loved ones, light a candle and form an altar to honor this time you are sharing with your unborn child.
By moving your body in the asana practice you can become aware of the needs of your body and your baby. You can learn to listen and trust your intuition, and prepare your body physically for the demands of labour, so your body is open and ready to receive the birth of your baby with grace.
By meditating on the breath, using different breath techniques and incorporating sound in your practice you can become familiar with how your body can naturally release tension, and ease discomfort.
By bonding and uniting with your unborn child through the practice of affirmations, intentions and visualizations you can prepare yourself emotionally and spiritually and tune into your inherent motherly instincts.
These gifts are the lessons you can learn on the yoga mat during pregnancy and take with you into labour, the birth and motherhood.
This is the Yoga of Pregnancy.
The following is adapted from my book ‘The Yoga of Pregnancy‘ Week 34: Gratitude
Cultivating feelings of thankfulness, I will bow to my heart and find ways to express my feelings of gratitude.
You are now almost like a newborn baby.
Your internal system is almost fully functioning, just awaiting the finishing touches to your liver, kidneys and lungs.
The millions of connections within your nervous system are communicating, responding and interacting with your mind and body.
You have established a rhythm to your sleeping patterns and you respond to touch, taste, sound and light.
The hair on your head is growing and the wrinkles on your skin smoothing themselves out, effortlessly disappearing as you fill out.
I hope they weren’t worry lines – there’s no need to worry, my little one, we are almost there!
Your skin acts like a quilt, keeping you warm and safe, and your complexion becomes a shade of rosy pink.
Each day you are becoming more beautiful as you get ready for your birth-day.
The ‘Yoga of Pregnancy’ is also available as a DVD
You will need something that is comfortable to wear and that stretches as your belly blossoms as you practice your Yoga of Pregnancy 🙂
There are some pregnancy yoga clothes that you can wear both before and after your pregnancy; lululemon.com have some excellent ‘4-way stretch’ yoga clothing.
Whatever you decide to wear to practice your Yoga of Pregnancy, remember it’s what’s going on inside that really matters 🙂 x