Pregnancy is a time of great physical and emotional change for women. Your body experiences countless changes during this period, and to some people, the changes result in a sensation too overwhelming to bear. All kinds of discomfort arise, like cramps, sore back, swollen limbs, pelvis misalignment, and weight gain affects the hormonal and mental stability of the expectant mother. But these are not insurmountable challenges.
If you would like to navigate through your pregnancy months, there are certainly ways to help yourself. From baby-preparation courses to massages to mental support from your loved ones, picking the right Pre-Natal Yoga class to go to might just be the key.
KATE PORTER YOGA
If you live around the East side of Singapore, Kate Porter Yoga (KPY) may just be the place to go for Pre-Natal Yoga. Located within the tranquil estate of Laguna Park Condo, KPY can easily be found on the ground floor of the lower residential blocks. It isn’t just a homely boutique yoga studio which welcomes normal people like you and me, it is also an art gallery, a free book exchange library, and a little quaint boutique for some retail therapy.
It all began with Kate Porter, the founder of KPY, offering free yoga classes in her living room eight years ago. The Studio is a cosy place, designed to look like a living room so that students are reminded of its beginnings. Together with their signature cold towels and seasonally brewed fresh tea after every class, KPY wants to dismiss the ‘one size fits all’ notion of yoga today. It wants its community to know that regardless of your age, size, shape and level of fitness, yoga is something that everyone can do to make themselves stronger and healthier.
GET READY YOUR BODY
KPY’s Pre-Natal yoga class is tailored to aid expectant mothers from their second trimester to strengthen and stretch out areas for a smoother birthing process. Understanding that every mum’s body is different, the instructors make extra effort to engage in conversations to understand each and every mum before the class begins. Each class is limited to 8 mums so that each mother and baby is well taken care of.
Here are 5 amazing benefits about Pre-Natal Yoga..
1. CONNECT MORE WITH YOUR BABY
Our class began with a simple sitting position, our ears propped up to the soothing voice of the teacher, and with our eyes closed, we were told to inhale deeply as we began. Our hands, one on the tummy and another on our heart, imagine what the baby may look like, how they are feeling right now and even how they smell – just to start that emotional connection with the little one. So even if you had a busy week, slowing down like this in a Pre-Natal yoga class reminds us to take time out to bond and care for the growing baby.
2. BUILD STRENGTH IN KEY MUSCLES
Pre–Natal Yoga prepares your physical body, especially areas like the pelvic floor, hips, and abdominal core muscles, for actual labour. Building and maintaining muscle tone during pregnancy, with yoga poses like lunges and table top, can help minimise the aches and pains of those nine months. Regular kegel exercises in class – repetitive contractions of the pelvic muscles that control the flow in urination – helps strengthen the all-important pelvic floor muscles.
3. BETTER PREPARE FOR LABOUR
The delivery process might last hours and some more than a day. By preparing the mind through breathing exercises, you learn to listen and trust your body when the time comes. Getting all stressed up and hyperventilating or screaming at your hubby may not be as useful as slowing the breath down and staying present during the birthing process. Moving the nervous system from a fight-and-flight mode to a rest-and-relax mode is always the goal of yoga.
4. RELIEF FROM COMMON PREGNANCY DISCOMFORT
This might scare you but you know you are most likely going to encounter lower back aches, swollen feet, frequent urination discomfort, pelvic pain, insomnia, headaches, shortness of breath, and nausea during different stages of your pregnancy. Therefore, why not get ahead of the game and prepare your body to counter these uncomfortable sensations that are to come. With Pre-Natal yoga, key muscles are toned, tight areas are stretched and your nervous system receives the rest it craves for. With stretching and strengthening, you can help blood circulate more freely throughout the body, and deep breathing can bring much-needed oxygen to your baby and to your own muscles. Mediation – mindfulness yoga – is said to bring measurable relief to depression that can accompany the emotional journey of pregnancy.
5. FRIENDSHIPS WITH MAMAS
Attending classes with a group of women in a similar phase of life can become a strong support network. You may compare notes, share personal experiences that might help each other, and these may help ease your anxiety about the impending motherhood, at the same time easing out your back pain and calming your body.
Pregnancy is an exciting part of your life. Let it be a journey in which you have done all you could to make it a memorable experience!
To experience KPY’s Pre-Natal Yoga class, KPY is giving our readers a COMPLIMENTARY EXTRA CLASS when you sign up for either the Sassy Mama or Happy Baby Package! Promo ends on 28th February 2017! Please quote ‘Familystaysg’ when you book.
For more info, visit their website at www.kateporteryoga.com or text them at 9781 3403.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kate Porter Yoga,
located at 5000G Marine Parade Road #01-27 Laguna Park Singapore 449290.
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