Postnatal Yoga and Support
Postnatal yoga uses movement, balance and relaxation to allow your body to recover from pregnancy and birth. It helps to heal the body and mind, and restores tissues and organ functioning. The class is designed to nurture new mothers and provide a safe environment for them to talk about new experiences as a mother.
- Rebuild flexibility and muscle tone to prepare yourself for the new demands of caring for your baby. Developing and maintaining strength in abdominal and back muscles reduces postpartum back pain.
- Maintain spinal integrity through stretching and relaxation. Ligaments of the back may stay loose and are prone to overstretching up to eight months following giving birth. Yoga allows your spinal support system to remain strong.
- Tone and stretch your upper body to keep yourself strong and able to constantly pick up your child. The average newborn weights 7.5 pounds and gets picked up about 50 times each day!
- Reduce breastfeeding related pain by stretching. Breastfeeding can cause the spine and shoulders to become rounded, tight, and sore.
- Use yoga to practice patience. A newborn requires an intensive amount of energy. Stay with one breath at a time, one pose at a time. Cultivating connection on the mat can help new moms be connected through the long hours and days and months of a new baby’s life.
- Prevent or manage postpartum depression. As exhausted, stressed-out new mothers, we tax our sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the “fight or flight” mechanism and the release of stress hormones. New mothers can get stuck in a cycle of negative reinforcement, but the visualization, meditative practices, and breathing techniques in yoga create a powerful biofeedback mechanism that can physically alter the body chemistry.