Yoga and Pilates are two of the best forms of exercise to do during pregnancy. This class is unique as it is a fusion of yoga and pilates, so you get the benefits of both in a class that is specially adapted to suit all stages of your pregnancy.
Yoga really helps to ‘open up’ the body, creating more space for your baby to grow and develop inside your womb. As your baby grows, your muscles will start to stretch, the rib cage will open and the upper abdominals will start to separate. Occasionally this can be uncomfortable, however the stretching and lengthening created during yoga postures will help to ease any tightness and discomfort in your muscles. Breathing and relaxation are key to any yoga practise. The meditations at the end of each session will leave you feeling calm and relaxed about your pregnancy and birth. The gentle rocking created during some postures and exercises will help to calm and soothe your baby in the womb. Practicing Yoga during pregnancy is a wonderful way to gain a emotional connection with your baby before he or she is born.
Pilates is a gentle and low-impact way of strengthening and conditioning your body during pregnancy. The exercises will help to keep you toned, build stamina and help you to feel body confident throughout your pregnancy. Again, like yoga, Pilates will help to alleviate any discomfort associated with pregnancy, and will help you to enjoy your pregnancy. Pilates is also great for core and pelvic floor strengthening, and help with a speedy postpartum recovery. Pilates, alongside any other gentle exercise, will also assist with weight management during pregnancy and after your baby is born.