"Whatever happens...yoga will enable you to approach the experience from a position of inner power." ~Janet Balaskas
Pregnancy is truly a great blessing. During those 9 months great physical changes and shifts occur which can cause physical aches, pains, discomfort and mental and physical exhaustion, stress and anxiety. On an emotional level your hormones are going on a roller coaster ride which may make you feel elated at times and at other times confused, uncertain and unsure.
Practicing prenatal yoga may help you feel a reduction of stress and anxiety and help you experience a calmer state of mind. In yoga we work with the breath and you'll train yourself to breath deeply and mindfully. You may experience less aches and pains and the discomforts of pregnancy may become more manageable. Yoga helps to relieve muscular tension, increase body awareness and balance. Yoga helps increase flexibility, strength endurance and stamina. You'll be working with the specific muscles that will help you birth your baby.
You will also learn how to relax your body and your mind which may allow for an easier childbirth because through doing these practices your body and mind will remember how to remain calm.
By taking time to practice yoga you will also be taking time to connect to your growing baby. Your babies first home is your womb. And studies now show that in utero a baby is constantly getting messages from it's mother, The baby is not just hearing it's mother's heartbeat, the baby is receiving chemicals from the mother through the placenta that includes signals about the mother's mental state. So the baby can feel when the mother is happy, anxious or even depressed.
What better reason to practice yoga is there then to help create a calm, peaceful atmosphere for your baby to grow in?
Another wonderful side benefit of practicing prenatal yoga is simply being in the presence of other mothers, connecting and building community. Women need other women.
I'm currently offering Prenatal Yoga on Wednesdays @ 630pm, and 1 Saturday a month at Bellies & Babies.
For more information and to sign up for classes visit www.belliesandbabiesnc.com
"I started prenatal yoga around 18 weeks pregnant and immediately noticed a difference in my sleep and how I physically felt. Cady was one of my favorite instructors and I made sure to never miss a class. She offered support throughout my pregnancy and advice for the changes my body was facing physically and emotionally with each new week. The poses I learned in her classes truly helped me labor and deliver our son. I also had such an easy recovery and I believe it was due to the strength I had built up in her class. She also gives the most amazing foot rub at the end of each class which every pregnant momma needs!" ~ Olivia W.
"Unfortunately, I wasn't able to use Cady as a Doula, but I attended her prenatal yoga classes throughout my pregnancy and I am so glad I did! Cady's class helped me to bond with my unborn baby, stay flexible, and prepared me for birth. I would highly recommend Cady to anyone looking for a doula or prenatal yoga!!" - Maureen R.
I absolutely loved Cady's prenatal yoga classes! She is a great teacher and instructor. The work that I do makes my back hurt. After Cady's class, I always felt like a new person. Not only did I physically feel great, but mentally I was able to just recharge and forget all the stresses of daily life. I really miss attending her classes. If I ever become pregnant again I will definitely be back! - Brittani B.
"You are powerful in your letting go. You are more powerful in your letting go than in your holding on. The letting go is your strength. The more you can let go, the stronger you become. Fear causes people to grasp and hold. Letting go creates infinite freedom. I suggest you take infinite freedom.