Friday, July 8, 2011

Yoga During Pregnancy

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During pregnancy a woman’s body goes though many changes in order accommodate and carry a child. Her baby relies on the vitamins and nutrients that she consumes from during her term and benefits from the healthy choices that are made.

Along with visiting your doctor, taking prenatal vitamins and eating a healthy well-balanced diet, pregnant women are also recommended that they exercise during their pregnancy. Exercising during pregnancy has been shown to be extremely beneficial as it can help with preventing excess weight gain, reducing pregnancy related problems like back pain and swelling, but it can also lessen the amount of recovery time after you give birth. But if you choose to exercise during your pregnancy, a low-impact and less intense exercise activity should be your best choice.

What’s considered low impact exercise?

Activities such as walking and swimming can do the trick. But an even better way to work on strength, flexibility and relaxation is to opt for a yoga class tailored specifically for pregnant women. And I was actually able to sit down with someone who teaches prenatal yoga at a studio here in town.

To answer some of my questions, I spoke with Gloria Escover who is a yoga instructor at Inner Body Works. The studio is located downtown between “H” and “Eye,” one block from the Fox Theater. Inner Bodyworks is Bakersfield’s oldest, full-service, dedicated yoga studio who welcomes the community to the tradition of yoga.

What’s the focus of a prenatal yoga class?

A prenatal yoga class is designed for pregnant women anywhere in their pregnancy from 8 weeks up till the time they give birth. The class teaches the women how to relax during pregnancy and labor as well as the actually birthing process. The class incorporates strengthening exercises for the body as well as tips on nutrition and how to eat properly.

The class is a great way to keep fit and to meet other pregnant women in the area. And although it’s not a Lamaze class, women are educated in how to stay healthy while carrying a baby.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up for the class either the first day or prior. The class is once a week and lasts for 6 weeks and you only pay $10 per week. And for more information you can call the studio at 661.324.1808 or email them at info@innerbodyworks.com. You can also keep up with Inner Body Works at their blog.

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