Since the popularity of Lululemon, yoga has become a huge trend. I can appreciate the fundamentals of yoga and I am impressed with those real and dedicated yogis, but I just can’t take the young, brand-name wearing yoga-class goers seriously. With some exceptions, like Hot Yoga, I say just do the stretching and meditating at home.
Perhaps because of those judgements (or because I lean towards more upbeat exercises) I never got into yoga, but I did start prenatal yoga at home with some videos. Yoga for expecting mothers has many benefits:
- Teaches you how to breathe deeply and relax
- Increases the strength and flexibility of the muscles needed for childbirth (Those hip-opening stances and stretches are amazing and will come in handy!)
- Decreases aching such as lower back pain
Yesterday, however, I attended a prenatal yoga class. It was for one main purpose: to work out with other expecting mothers. I was so disappointed to see just one other woman there, and she is close to popping so she wont be attending much longer. The class itself was very similar to the workouts I do at home, so to me, without that extra socializing, attending regular classes wouldn’t be worth it. What did come out of the class for me was motivation. The instructor mentioned she has a 6-month old, yet her body looked strong and amazing! I’ve heard about these stories but this was right in front of me. It really can happen. She kept active during pregnancy so I guess her body bounced right back after delivering.
Now, I’ll be realistic and not expect the same considering I’m not as active as I could be and I like my sweets, but seeing her results motivates me to at least keep up with what I’m doing.
So, with trends aside, I do highly recommend prenatal yoga for pregnant women. Try out a class or a video. I mentioned Lindsay Brin in an earlier post. She has a more intensive “workout-like” yoga routine. Whereas, if you’re looking for a more traditional relaxation prenatal yoga, check out Shiva Rea.