What we put in our minds feeds us (or toxifies us) in the same way as the food we choose to put in our bodies…Equally, what we do with our bodies, our regular activities, our daily postures, can either strengthen and support the pregnancy/birth/motherhood journey, or be detrimental.
We can set the tone of our birth story, (and the story that will be passed on to the child inside) by choosing a regular prenatal yoga practice, which by its very nature offers a combination of physical, mental and emotional nourishment – addressing posture, core strength, muscle relaxation, mobilisation and balance, whilst simultaneously addressing mental tensions, hidden fears, self doubt, stressful thought patterns, insomnia, digestive disturbances, circulatory issues, hyper tension,…and all those overlapping neuro physical/neuro psychological realms…
Yoga, like Pilates, helps relieve many of the common discomforts of pregnancy; back pain, muscle stiffness, sluggish digestion, high blood pressure, water retention, varicosities, pelvic pain. But the hundreds of women who have attended my classes over the last decade found the greatest benefit was the inner peace that came from creating that weekly pause, setting everything aside, to just breath and listen inwardly in a held, supportive atmosphere.
Pregnancy is a time to develop trust in our bodies, remember our inner resources, re instate body wisdom. There is a decision to be made….to cut down on the input of unhelpful ‘information’, whether from the media, medical establishment or individuals who want to share their traumas or opinions.
In a natural state of well nourished health and vitality, with a reasonable level of fitness, strength, and suppleness, our bodies actually already contain all the resources and information needed to give birth…we just need to tune into the right channel, and filter out the bullshit.
Prenatal Yoga Courses In Bath
TUESDAYS 10.30am – 11.45am
The Methodist Church Hall, Brow Hill, (Northend), Batheaston, Bath (next to Jack and Jills Pre school)
6 week course starts 5th Jan, £60, (£54 low wage)