General Ashtanga and Pregnancy Guidelines
The practice of Ashtanga Yoga for Pregnant women is always to be considered on a case by case basis in consultation with a physician, health care practitioner, and importantly, a qualified Ashtanga Yoga teacher. You will read many opinions about Yoga for Pregnant women; ultimately, it is up to each individual practitioner to decide what is the right practice to pursue during pregnancy. Here is some general advice to keep in mind;
- traditionally it is advised not to practice Ashtanga Yoga during your first trimester.
- Similar to all physical activity, if you do not already have an established yoga practice, you generally should not start one while pregnant.
- Each pregnancy is different. It is important to pay attention to your body and its needs.
- When practicing while pregnant, the goal is to nurture yourself and the life within you, not to "progress".
- Do not push through discomfort.
"Practicing Yoga when pregnant, your Mantra should be; Nurture Nurture Nurture."
- During pregnancy, you have an increased amount of the hormone Relaxin. Relaxin increases mobility, however you may not have sufficient strength to support your new found flexibility.
- Through your pregnancy, your practice should evolve as certain asanas become unsafe, or uncomfortable to do. A pre-natal qualified teacher will be able to help you through this process.
- Regardless of your experience as a practitioner, you should consult with your physician to discuss practicing yoga while pregnant.
- If you are looking for a yoga teacher for your pregnancy, please contact us. Arielle is a highly qualified and experienced pre-natal teacher (as well as a mom).