By: Mimi Vidaver
Prenatal Yoga provides many varied benefits to pregnant women. First and foremost, a prenatal yoga class is a shared space for creating a community of moms and moms-to-be. It is a place for pregnant women to engage with each other over shared experiences, compare notes, ask questions of one another as well as the teacher, and, most importantly, sympathize with and learn from one another. A prenatal yoga class is a haven from a hectic week and an important opportunity for a mama to practice self care.
One of the most foundational and, often, most challenging aspects of a prenatal yoga practice is the application of the broader yogic principle of balancing effort and surrender-more specifically, in the case of yoga during pregnancy, seeking softness amidst exertion. Not only does learning about and practicing this duality help mamas prepare for the physicality of labor by teaching them to use yoga poses to connect with and soften their pelvic floor, it most certainly helps to ease some of the anxiety surrounding labor and birth by providing tools for finding emotional stillness during even the most intense or uncomfortable moments.
Ultimately, prenatal yoga helps pregnant women tap into their own physical and emotional strength, and it provides them with the opportunity to connect deeply with the power of their own bodies.
Mimi teaches Prenatal Yoga on Tuesdays from 6:00PM - 7:15PM in Del Ray, Alexandria. To learn more about her class or to register for your next session, visit Ease Yoga & Cafe's website.