Kundalini yoga is said to be the most powerful yoga ever known and considered the mother of all yogas’. While yoga is well known for its myriad of benefits to your health it is particularly beneficial to pregnant women.
So what exactly does Kundalini yoga involve?
Like most other forms of yoga, Kundalini concentrates on postures and chanting with the emphasis also on breathing techniques and the nervous system. In turn this helps people cope with stress and changing times, which is undoubtedly invaluable for mothers to be.
Kundalini Yoga works on each chakra or power centre in one’s aura. Firstly there is the Pranayam, or breathing techniques, followed by Asanas (postures), Mantras (Chanting) and Bhandras (Body locks). Most kundalini yoga sessions work on conquering one’s mind to endure the sensations involved in childbirth and on breathing techniques which can ultimately change the way you feel.
While Kundalini yoga is relaxing it’s also extremely spiritual, but not in a religious way. This is about an individual’s aura and soul and celebrating one’s power as a woman. In fact Kundalini believes that the soul of the baby chooses the mother specifically and on the 120th day of pregnancy the soul enters the baby. This is a day that honours the mother and everyone around celebrates. Something which most mums to be would enjoy I’m sure!
How does Kundalini Yoga help women during pregnancy?
Kundalini Yoga experts say that the baby is very aware of what is happening. When a pregnant mum dreams of her baby this is the baby communicating with her. For the first three years of a child’s life the mother and baby’s aura are one. Conquering your mind and taking back your power as a woman is something we focus on. The students learn to trust their instincts and listen to their body. A woman’s intuition is 16 times stronger during pregnancy.
The physical exercises are also a great benefit to prenatal women. During yoga sessions, pregnant women do a lot of postures for childbirth, such as squatting. They also work on the thighs and give ideas positions for childbirth. Yoga experts advice exercise in pre and post pregnancy periods is beneficial in many ways. Yoga is one the best forms of exercise for women. It’s low impact and the danger of any possible problems is reduced. Through practicing yoga the mother will feel less of an urge to tense with each contraction, thus making her labor easier.
Yoga encourages the muscles to stretch and become suppler for labor resulting in less backache and a quicker
recovery after birth. It also encourages the woman to relax, enhances her breathing and makes her better able to cope with the stress of labor and motherhood. Mother and baby yoga is a great way to bond with your baby, and we recommend mothers to start classes between four to six weeks postpartum. Yoga is a great way to get in shape without being apart from your baby.