Why Prenatal Yoga

Why is yoga good for pregnancy? Stress relief, improved sleep, mental clarity, prep for delivery through asasa are just some of the benefits of yoga.  Gentle physical exercises work on key muscles and joints to assist with general fitness and can also assist with labor, smooth pregnancy and a natural childbirth.  But more importantly, yoga does wonders on the physical and mental development of your growing baby. The following is a guide to some of the practices used during our classes, and how they can be of benefit to you.

Yoga Exercises (asana) these gently work on the pelvis to bring flexibility and a full healthy range of motion to the joints and muscles. At the subtle level, these ensure optimum supply of blood and nutrients to the developing fetus.  Assist to open the hips,Image strengthen the legs, and the upper body and also to become more aware of your body with breath and movement.

Breathing or Pranayama (breath control) – These powerful techniques ensure the abundant supply of oxygen and a better life force for you and your child. Learn simple pranayama techniques that you can use to revitalize and re-energize but with only a well qualified instructor.

Meditation As a therapeutic tool, meditation will help you resolve fears and conflicts, which are so common during pregnancy.  Meditation brings with it an incredible awareness which helps you connect with your child in a way that is impossible to explain. Breath and mediation techniques will also be given to manage the different levels of discomfort through out the delivery.

Yoga Nidra Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique to induce physical, mental and emotional relaxation.  Referred to as psychic sleep because it is as if you’re asleep but you remain aware on a conscious level.  Mostly Yoga Nidra is the systematic rotation of consciousness throughout different parts of the body.  It may also involve awareness of breath, feelings and also visualizations and is always guided by your Yoga Instructor.

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Yogic Food

Sweet Potato/Edamame Hash

8 oz diced smoked ham or omit

1 sweet onion chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

1 clove garlic minced

12 oz pkg of edamame uncooked, shelled and frozen

12 oz frozen corn

1/4 cup chicken broth or omit and add veggie broth

1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme

1/2 tsp kosher salt and pepper

Saute ham, onion in hot oil. Stir in sweet potato and saute for 5 min., Add garlic, stir in edemame, and the next 3 ingredients, reduce heat to med. and cover. Cook and stir occasionally 10 to 12 min. or until potatoes are done.

Close to 192 cal., 5.8 g fat, protein 13.9 g., 22 g. carbs

I had forgotten how good this is…gotta go make some for lunch tomorrow

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