Yoga when pregnant: The Birthing Breath

Adapted from The Yoga of Pregnancy by Mel Campbell (Findhorn Press 2012).

The Vibration of Sound

My baby is listening when I say, “I love you”.

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The Birthing Breath

The Birthing Breath soothes the nervous system; focuses and calms the mind; improves concentration and helps to balance emotions. It is a useful yoga breathing technique when pregnant and to use in labour.

Using deep vowel sounds, as in this practice, can be a valuable tool during labour to help direct the energy down to the base of the body and help to relax the pelvic-floor muscles to ease delivery.

If you have pelvic girdle discomfort I will practice this breathing exercise sitting on my heels with my knees together. I will place a cushion(s) between my sitting bones and my heels to bridge any gaps.

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My baby is listening when I say, “I love you”.

The Birthing Breath

For this pose I will need a yoga mat, a wall and several small cushions. This breathing exercise is suitable for all stages of my pregnancy.

  •  Sitting with my back against a wall, I bring the soles of my feet together
  • I rest the backs of my hands on my thighs, and bringing the tip of each thumb to touch the tip of my index finger I extend my other three fingers. This hand gesture is known as Jnana mudra, and symbolises the uniting of our unconscious with our unconscious energy
  • I close my eyes and connect with my breath. Parting my lips and teeth slightly, I soften my mouth. Inhaling naturally through my nose, I exhale through my mouth, directing the sensation of the exhalation down past you to my pelvic floor
  • I visualise and sense my pelvic floor softening and releasing with each exhalation
  • I let my inhalations come in naturally through my nose and focus on exhaling through my mouth
  • I notice that my exhalations are longer when I breathe out through my mouth, and that this makes me feel more relaxed
  • I repeat this breath five times
  • Letting go of my inhibitions, I begin to sound the vowel “ooo” along with my exhalation and feel it vibrate through my body down to my pelvic floor. How does it sound to you? I repeat this five times, then I repeat it making the sound “aaahhh” five times
  • I find each sound soothing and calming
  • Mindfully I repeat this week’s affirmation:

My baby is listening when I say, “I love you”.

  • Gradually my breath settles back into its natural rhythm

Reflection

This week my voice reverberated through my practice and connected with my growing baby with the vibration of sound. Namaste.

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The Yoga of Pregnancy book by Mel Campbell


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