Over the past few years, people are becoming more conscious of their physical and spiritual wellbeing and moving towards a healthier lifestyle, the number of people who practice yoga daily is on the rise. One particularly interesting group that has been taking up yoga is; future mommies.
Most pregnant women consider Yoga to be an ideal exercise to stay fit during their pregnancy as it is light yet helps keep you energized as well as prepare a mom to be for her delivery period. For Yoga teacher training, teaching pre natal yoga can be a challenging and intimidating task. To make things a little easier, here are a few tips to help you to teach prenatal yoga more effectively and without any difficulty.
1. Don’t be afraid of twists
While twisting around the waist should be completely avoided as the pelvic ligaments have already been stretching to accommodate a growing baby inside the tummy, shoulder twists to relax the neck and shoulder muscles are encouraged in pre natal yoga.
2. Center the exercise around the oblique muscles
Again, since your students are going to be future mommies you should avoid any yoga practices or asanas that might put stress on the deep abdominal muscles. Instead try to focus on the oblique muscles and start a regime of side-leg lifts, light stretching, etc.
3. Stay away from inversion and prone poses
Poses such as Cobra poses, locust pose etc. should be avoided as they put a lot of pressure on a person’s back and abdominal area, something that can prove to be quite dangerous for a pregnant woman. Instead Prenatal yoga should focus more on seated poses such as seated straddle pose, Wide child’s pose, seated side bends, Cat-cow poses, etc.
4. Savasana is the way to go
Doctors recommend that from 20 week onwards future mommies should avoid lying on their back as that might reduce or cut the oxygen supply to the baby. Hence as a Yoga training teacher, you should encourage the student to rest in Savasana on their side.
Benefits of Pre natal Yoga
There are many benefits of prenatal yoga and additionally, teachers should also encourage their students to follow a healthy diet plan as well.
Some benefits of Pre natal Yoga include
• Better and improved sleep
• Increased strength, flexible muscles, and more durability
• Decreased nauseas as well as decreased lower back pain
• Yoga improves blood circulation and can help students avoid common pregnancy symptoms like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Although there are many benefits to Prenatal yoga, it is not recommended for everyone. Certain yoga poses that look very easy can prove to be quite harmful to the baby as well as the mother if practiced incorrectly. Furthermore, women who are at risk of premature labor should avoid practicing prenatal yoga altogether
At the end of the day, it all depends on what yoga practices and asanas suits you and your student the best.