New Age, that is the term that is being flung around the new craze of Yoga as a form of exercise. The truth is that Yoga has been around for hundreds of years. If you ask me, time is the best form of perfection and testing available to any fitness program.
Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise available to the prenatal population. This is because it is gentle and the movements slow and rhythmic. To add to this are the numerous variations that can be implemented to allow for a growing baby belly.
The benefits of Yoga during pregnancy are well worth the effort of finding the right practitioner to aid you on your journey to health. These benefits include: limber muscles while toning at the same time, the improvement of circulation and balance, along with the preparations for labor and delivery by strengthening the body and the mind.
Of course, there is a slight draw back.
There is so much information on the practice of Yoga that is can be nearly impossible to find the best course to take. There are the Yoga classes at the Y, but are those really pregnancy friendly?
Sometimes they are; but for the most part, no they are not. The best way to ensure the safety of you and your baby for your nine-month venture is to find a DVD you can practice to at home. Most Yoga pregnancy DVD’s come prepared for every stage of your miracle and you by having three different women to follow along to in the three trimesters of pregnancy.
Well, that’s great, but how do I find the right one? This can be tricky as there are so many to choose from. Your best bet is to check out your local library to see if they have any prenatal Yoga videos. Of course, if you want my personal opinion, I’d be more than happy to give it to you.
In my experience, the best prenatal Yoga video on the market is Gaiam’s Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea.
This beginners DVD is a gentle one-hour workout that focuses on connecting with your baby while promoting health and beauty combined with a sense of balance.
The best selling feature though has to be the portion of the video that is just for your significant other, an introduction to pregnancy massage. Because, let’s face it, every expectant mother deserves to be pampered.
Piper is a freelance writer who enjoys fitness and the outdoors. She loves to use her juice maker to make great, fresh squeezed juice. She enjoys nature, reading and fitness. Check out her website, http://www.juicemaker.org to learn all about juice makers so you can make great homemade juice too!
Follow Emily Canibano, an ERYT, GFI and Personal Trainer in this Prenatal Flow Yoga Sequence. For more information on Yoga in Illinois, hiring Emily, post-partum recovery and more visit skyyogastudio.com