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Pregnancy Yoga for Mothers-to-be


NHS WEBSITE advice to pregnant women...

The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth.

Keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise (sport, running, yoga, dancing, or even walking to the shops and back) for as long as you feel comfortable. Exercise is not dangerous for your baby – there is some evidence that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour.



Pregnancy can be a joyful but also a challenging time,

practicing yoga helps pregnant women stay strong, healthy, calm and positive.


During pregnancy it is not only safe, it is beneficial to perform gentle to moderate exercise

such as hatha yoga.

Here are some of the benefits:

less muscular aches and pains,

less tension,

and increased flexibility.


Hatha yoga improves posture, which lessens the chance of back ache while carrying baby

and it improves circulation, which decreases the risk of varicose veins.

Yoga increases muscle strength, which is not only good for delivery day,

but also to support joints that become looser during pregnancy.

Hatha yoga increases energy levels, which helps to combat the fatigue women often experience.

Yoga also helps pregnant women maintain a positive self-image.



Yoga breathing exercises help reduce high blood pressure and soothe the nervous system.

Breath control enables pregnant women to have more control over labour pains

and remain more calm during contractions.

Yoga poses lessen backaches, headaches, swollen legs, heartburn

and open the pelvic area to encourage an easier birth.



Visualisation and meditation exercises create a loving bond between mother & baby

bringing greater positivity and health to both.

Relaxation techniques teach women how to gain a better quality of sleep

and also how to stay more stress-free during waking hours,

which is especially valuable when baby is born.



Lots of women who practiced yoga while pregnant reported having easier births

and babies that are more contented.

Yoga for pregnant women is becoming very popular,

women want to be able to offer their babies and themselves

a calmer and healthier environment.



During pregnancy women need to follow certain rules when exercising.

All of the Saraswati yoga studio teachers are fully trained to teach ante-natal yoga,

enabling them to give pregnant women all the information they need.

Consequently pregnant ladies are welcome to attend any of our classes.

PLease always inform your teacher that you are pregnant.

We also offer a weekly ante- natal class.

our Wednesday 7.30pm class is for pregnant women only

One of the helpful things about attending a yoga class solely for pregnant women,

is that if they wish,

women can share their experiences and receive support

from their teacher and from the other pregnant women attending class.





Our Saraswati Yoga Studio Yoga for Mothers-To-Be Manual

gives comprehensive instruction on postures, yoga breathing,

relaxation, meditation, yoga diet and much more.

The manual provides all that mums-to-be need to practice at home.

Teachers find the manual useful as well.

email saraswati@blueyonder.co.uk



Most pregnancies are demanding yet happy experiences.

Pregnancy requires a little more self-care than normal.

Practicing yoga is a lovely way to provide that care.



After receiving the all-clear from her doctor, about six weeks after the birth,

a mother can return to her yoga routine.

Many women find hatha yoga helps them cope with the demanding period after the baby is born.

Yoga helps keep post- natal depression at bay, increases energy,

reduces the weight gained during pregnancy and tone up slack muscles.

Babies require so much time and energy it is important for mothers to have some space of their own.

Self-confidence and self-esteem can suffer during and after pregnancy.

Attending a weekly yoga class can give women back their sense of 'self'.


It is also great fun to practice gentle yoga with baby.

We run mother & baby yoga classes on Friday mornings where

mum & baby from twelve weeks old can practice together.