Pregnancy is a magical time in a woman’s life. After all, your body is performing a miracle by growing a brand new human being! But let’s be real. While growing a brand new human being is beautiful, it’s also a lot of work. From insomnia to back pain, many women spend those nine long months feeling less than magical. At Longwave Yoga, we want to help moms-to-be nourish their bodies and slow down, so they can truly savor this special time. That’s why we made it our goal to offer the best prenatal yoga classes in Wilmington, NC.
The Benefits of Yoga for Pregnancy
When it comes to yoga for pregnancy, the question shouldn’t be “Why?” but rather “Why not?” According to the Mayo Clinic, prenatal yoga offers many physical, emotional, and spiritual health benefits. For example, prenatal yoga:
- improves sleep, so you can get the rest you need.
- reduces stress and anxiety, allowing you to enjoy your pregnancy.
- increases the strength, flexibility, and endurance needed for a safe and healthy delivery, which is the ultimate goal of any pregnancy.
- relieves many of the unwelcome symptoms of pregnancy, such as lower back pain, morning sickness, and headaches.
- gives you a chance to connect with other moms-to-be in a safe and supportive environment.
Prenatal Yoga: Safe and Fun
One of the most important aspects of any yoga practice is the instructor, especially when it comes to prenatal yoga. Even Baby Center recommends seeking out an instructor who is specifically trained in prenatal yoga. We couldn’t agree more, which is why Lexi Hawks teaches the Prenatal Yoga classes at Longwave Yoga. Lexi is a Yoga Teacher and the founder of Longwave Yoga. She has also developed the pre and postnatal teacher training course offered in the Longwave Yoga advanced teacher training program. She offers years of experience in teaching yoga to women trying to conceive, pregnant, and in post pregnancy. Lexi possesses the knowledge and experience to lead you safely from the first deep inhale to the last exhale into Shavasana.
Lexi's classes focus on proper alignment and protecting the body from injury. They also focus on encouraging an overall sense of relaxation and well-being. In the Prenatal Yoga classes at Longwave Yoga, you can expect breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as gentle postures that will stretch and strengthen the body in key areas. Because every body is unique, plenty of modifications are offered so you can find a flow that best fits you.
Yoga for pregnancy, just like all yoga, is about honoring your body and the life within it. If a pose doesn’t feel right, Lexi will help you find one that does. If you feel uncomfortable at any moment, you can take a break, get a breath of fresh air, or simply lie on your mat with your eyes closed. You know your body better than anyone else, even during this time of change and growth, and recognizing that power is part of the practice.
Prenatal Yoga in Wilmington, NC
We hope this post has given you a glimpse into the benefits of Prenatal Yoga. If you’d like to try it for yourself, Prenatal Yoga classes are a regular part of the schedule at Longwave Yoga and are held Wednesday evenings, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. It doesn’t matter if you’re a total beginner or a seasoned yogi—the class is appropriate for all levels of experience. And there’s no need to preregister for this offering, so you’re free to come and go as you please.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you in the studio and on the mat.
Oh, and PS: Congratulations on your pregnancy! Here’s to a beautiful new beginning.