Before we get to my Prenatal Yoga DVD recommendation, let's explore why you might choose yoga during pregnancy.
Yoga is commonly used as a tool for stress relief. It strengthens and stretches your body making it strong yet flexible. In addition, yoga can help you to become relaxed and focused.
Each of these benefits can be extremely helpful during pregnancy and especially during labor. Stretching and toning the muscles used during labor will make it a bit easier. In addition, learning this exercise can help you with any anxiety you may experience leading up to and during the big moment.
Many pre-birth classes include breathing techniques that are derived from yoga to help expectant mothers relax during pregnancy as well as labor.
In addition to being helpful during labor, Yoga can be helpful throughout your entire pregnancy.
These are just some of the benefits you'll enjoy when you participate in yoga. And while many beginners yoga poses are appropriate during pregnancy, it's important to be sure. Therefore, before you begin this or any other exercise program, be sure to discuss it with your doctor.
When you've been given the all-clear, my DVD recommendation is the Moms to Be Yoga Kit including Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga DVD, Shiva Rea's Postnatal Yoga DVD, and Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout DVD. This set will give you all the tools you need to keep fit, centered, and less stressed during and after your pregnancy.
Please Note: While yoga is a great exercise and can bring improvements to your health and well being, it isn't right for everyone. Doing the exercises incorrectly can cause injury and you should never push yourself if it doesn't feel right. As always, be sure to get your Doctor's approval before beginning this or any exercise program.