Being pregnant and the joy of a pregnancy are one of the highlights of a woman's life and a time when a woman's body is at it's peak. But many women tend to look upon this time as an unstable time because of increased hormones and the myriad physical changes that are happening. Add to this the pressures of modern life and one can well imagine what a pregnant woman in India undergoes. Though medical procedures have decreased a lot of the risks that were earlier associated with childbirth, the whole process in today's times have become very artificial and complicated. As a result of this, a lot of women feel detached from the natural experience of childbirth. I think this is a pity because every woman MUST feel deeply connected with her own body as well as the baby during this special period.
I believe yoga can become an excellent tool for making pregnancy and birthing a whole lot easier and also add to the positive and enriching experiences that a woman can have. Yoga is now highly recommended by birthing experts and doctors all over the world as a practice that create a sense of harmony and balance in the mind and body of a woman. The asanas in Yoga provide a gentle form of stretching and also helps strengthen the body and keep it fit and supple during pregnancy. Pranayama, meditation and visualization techniques on the other hand help expectant mothers to accept the changes that they are going through and keep a positive outlook. Yoga also ultimately helps the expectant mother deepen her connection with the unborn baby.
I would like to invite the views of all fitness professionals, prenatal yoga experts, birthing experts and everyone else to pitch in their views and their experiences of doing yoga during pregnancy.
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