Pregnancy Yoga for YES is an opportunity for anyone who is pregnant and who would like a little bit of TLC to come along and take part in a pregnancy yoga class as part of their birth preparation. The class will be given by AIMS Ireland Chair Krysia Lynch who is an accredited Pregnancy Yoga teacher with The Yoga Alliance.
In addition to practising yoga we will be talking about ensuring you have the birth birth possible for you.
The one thing that you can guarantee throughout pregnancy labour and birth (by whatever means) is that you will be breathing!
Learning techniques to help you use your breath to fee calmer, less anxious and more able to be in the moment is an asset to any pregnant person. Pregnancy yoga can enable you to do this through regular practice.
Pregnancy yoga also offers you an opportunity to stay physically supple and fit in a very safe way. Throughout pregnancy your body shape, hormonal balance heart and lung function changes and pregnancy yoga can help your body adapt and acclimatise to your new physiology and help your body stay healthy and well both during your pregnancy . For some women pregnancy brings unexpected aches and pains from time to time and again pregnancy yoga helps you to be aware of these and adapt healthy safe responses.
Labour makes many demands on your body so being prepared to deal with the physical intensity is important. Pregnancy yoga enables you to test your stamina safety and offers you the opportunity to gradually improve your stamina as time goes on. It also offers ideas on how to deeply engage with labour and how to move and use your body so that labour is more comfortable and manageable. For women planning an epidural we also look at coping techniques for before you go to the hospital and also good positions to adopt when your epidural has taken effect.
Pregnancy, can be an anxious time for many women. It is a time of making many decisions, sometimes for the first time and also its can be a time when we are faced with the unknown. Waiting for the results of tests and meeting healthcare providers for the first time all take their toll. Many mothers also find sleep can be a challenge during pregnancy, so coming to a pregnancy yoga class can offer techniques to help you deeply relax and hopefully sleep better. If this is not your first baby then finding time for yourself in a pregnancy yoga class might be a haven of peace in a busy life with other small children.
Whether you are planning to go through labour, or planning a c birth its important to know how to relax your body. Contractions are not easy to deal with but women who are well prepared in what to expect and who practise relaxation techniques regularly become accustomed to using breathing and visualisation techniques to relax their bodies. C births are also hard work. They can be challenging in a different way. It is important to be able to relaxed and calm in the run up to entering theatre and also in recovery afterwards.
Sometimes the birth we hoped for and planned for doesn’t quite go the way we expected, so having relaxation techniques to draw on that help us cope with the unexpected can be helpful.
If there is interest we will run more such sessions throughout the campaign.
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