Many Mommies To Be can attest to the roller coaster of emotions associated with the excitement and trepidation that goes with preparing for parenthood. With so many items to check off the growing “to do list,” and the effort that goes in to executing your day to day responsibilities of work, relationships, cooking, cleaning and errands, the mere thought of morning sickness, baby registries and back pain can overwhelm even the most organized and in control woman.
Even when it feels like you are in a race with time, try to put down your phone, step away from your computer and surrender to your surmounting list of “to do’s.” Take a slow cleansing breath and remind yourself what it is your are so frantically preparing for: The newest arrival to your family.
It is so easy and quite common to get caught up in the moment and forget to make the time to truly understand and appreciate the miracle taking place in your body.
A woman undergoes an incredible amount of hormonal changes, emotions and stress both pre- and post-natal. However, pregnancy and child birth are beautiful and amazing experiences,and taking time to reconnect with your body and baby will allow you the clarity to better prioritize your lists while also taking the time to enjoy the gift of your little one.
Pre-and post-natal yoga can help you strengthen your body and increase your flexibility, elevating some of the common aches, pains and limited range of mobility associated with pregnancy. Your yoga practice will also allow you the time needed to center yourself while connecting with your body and baby. Through breath, movement and mindful meditation you may begin to find peace and comfort in the quiet moments with your baby to be. Yoga may enable you to feel a sense of comfort and clarity, which may help you re-enter your busy world with more patience and perspective.
“Our yoga practice and motherhood, whether in the womb or after the birth of the baby, both teaches us awareness, compassion and non-judgement, in the face of challenge, fear and anxiety,” explains Yoga Teacher Kristen Stiles. “Yoga is the pause, whether that moment happens on your matt or while you are sitting with your little one, in that pause we can find bliss, gratitude and genuine contentment.”
Kristen is a certified yoga teacher and leads both private and group classes at Boston’s best studios and health and wellness clubs in the city. In addition to teaching flow and vinyasa style practices, Kristen also specializes in pre- and post-natal yoga, providing moms to be with helpful and health conscious modifications to best meet the changing needs of mom’s body and her growing baby.
“In a physical sense, yoga poses can be built to support the mother as she progresses in her pregnancy,” says Kristen. Through strengthening and stretching certain areas that are aching or cramping yoga allows mom’s body to prepare for giving birth.”
In addition to the obvious physical changes and discomfort placed on a pregnant woman’s body, pregnancy can mentally and emotionally cause expectant mothers to experience incredible highs and lows throughout the 40 weeks before delivery. During this time, anxiety tends to play a key component in women’s life, as many look to hyper organize or manage their emotions. Since pregnancy is a sensitive time when many new moms are battling to balance all of the “unknown” that comes with welcoming a new baby in to one’s already established routine, restless nights and busy, anxiety filled days become a mother-to-be’s mantra.
“The breath is also a key component for mom to aid in stress reduction and mind-body awareness throughout pregnancy and after, thus cultivating a connection with her little one. Practicing postnatal is just as important as prenatal. The yoga practice will encourage the redevelopment of mula bundha, strengthening muscles near the pelvic floor, which is important after labor and delivery. Post natal yoga is a beautiful reminder of mom’s unique connection with her baby.”
For additional information regarding the benefits of pre- and post-natal yoga, or to reserve a private session, please contact Kristen Stiles at 617.347.3693 or visit her online at www.bendboston.com. You may also view her class schedule on Facebook.