Sophie Pointeau, midwife became Professor of Hatha yoga, is the author of The Hatha Yoga during pregnancy to the society of writers editions. Here she talks about the benefits of the practice of yoga during pregnancy, to prepare physically and mentally for the birth of baby.
Pregnancy is a time key in a woman’s life: it’s a period of physical and mental transformation, explained by the game of hormones and growth of the baby. His body will adapt, change and achieve a physiological function that allows the continuation of the human species in giving birth to a child.
This magic must be accompanied by a preparation: the expectant mother needs theory to understand what is happening in her body but also of physical exercises to prepare for the disruption of pregnancy and childbirth.
Yoga is an ideal preparation: taking into account the mind, breath and body, he realizes a global birth preparation. The word “yoga” means join, unite. It is the union of the body and the mind, breath and movement, the sense of oneness with the world that surrounds us.
Wise – woman since 1993, yoga became me very quickly as an evidence in my psycho prophylaxis obstetric classes, called before… I then became Professor of Hatha yoga. Since we talk about birthing and parenting and an important place is given to the body practice.
On the one hand, pregnant women will find in Hatha yoga the relaxation of the body to prepare it for the mechanical passage of the child; on the other hand, they will draw the energy required to live in harmony all the changes that the body will know for nine months and pass the test that is l & rsquo; delivery.
If, in the different yogas, the postures are similar, Hatha yoga is best known: it includes āsanas or postures, breathing exercises or prānāyāma, and relaxation or concentration called dhāranā. This physical yoga speaks better to Westerners in search of bodily practices. It is the Foundation on which the rest of the yoga is built because it is through the body that the spirit will speak
Attitude, the placement, the duration, the breath are to take into account that a posture to produce effects. Its place in the meeting is also important. The main idea is to make the good: it’s in the pleasure of discovering his body posture must be addressed and not in the idea of effort.
The relaxation of the body and especially the basin will undoubtedly facilitate thedelivery.
The basin consists of four articulated bones (two iliac wings, the coccyx and sacrum), who will be mobilized by the postures and the delivery.
For what is mental…
Yoga helps to get a mastery of emotions, psychological strength, it soothes and thoughts to rest. Each technique has a particular action: some reinforce the self-confidence, more open towards others.
Posture balance, défatiguent, calm stress, depression and pacify the mind. The practice of yoga leads to the withdrawal of the senses: we leave the external world, the agitation, to enter the internal world, we’ll reconnect with itself, it is a great practice of refocusing.
Some āsanas give freshness, other tone, oxygenate, develop enthusiasm, and charge you with positive energy. According to interested chakra, practices give lightness in the thoughts, or even allow to realize wishes and to take its destiny in hand!
Thanks to the calming breaths, yoga opens the consciousness and purifies, with toning breaths, you get the temerity, tenacity.
So practice is complete: physical and mental.
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