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Here’s Why Postnatal Yoga Is A Boon To Your Body After Childbirth

Posted: July 29, 2016

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We all know the benefits of yoga but not many of us knows the benefits of postnatal yoga or postpartum yoga; learn what postnatal yoga can do for you.

Nowadays, many pregnant women attend prenatal yoga class in order to stay fit and flexible during their entire pregnancy and also to have a smooth labour. What’s more, they also get to meet other expectant mums and socialise as well. But once the baby is born, the yoga mats are rolled into the wardrobe, all social interactions are lost with other mums – thus a new life starts with the baby.

While motherhood is undoubtedly rewarding, the physical and emotional effects of childbirth comes in your way of life at times eventually. That’s when you feel disheartened and yearn to reclaim your life. Postnatal yoga can be the first step to answer to your life’s call.

Postnatal yoga uses movement, balance and relaxation techniques to allow the body to recover from pregnancy and birth. Regular practice of postnatal yoga heals the body and calms the mind besides toning your body. This will in turn help you to bond better with your baby.

Postnatal yoga can be started from about four to six weeks after the baby is born, albeit after through discussion with your doctor.

As mentioned earlier, postnatal yoga has many benefits, both physically and emotionally. Here are some of the important benefits of postnatal yoga:

  • Shapes and tones your body and brings back flexibility
  • Strengthens your back, pelvic muscles, and abdominal muscles
  • Rejuvenates and recharges your mind
  • Rejuvenates your body by improving the blood flow
  • Decreases stress and fatigue
  • Enhances stamina
  • Ushers self-control and confidence
  • Helps in weight loss gained during pregnancy
  • Prevents postpartum depression
  • Promotes hormonal balance
  • Improves the quality of your life

The three must do’s along with postnatal yoga

Do these three things alongside regular practice of postnatal yoga.

Proper breathing exercises – Yoga helps to control your breathing. Ensure that these breathing exercises are slow and rhythmic. Keep chanting ‘Om’ regularly.

Eat Healthy – Follow a healthy diet and proper nutrition as per doctor’s advice.

Sleep and Relaxation – A new mother needs proper sleep to eliminate stress.

Remember, the postpartum period lasts for almost two to three years, so practicing yoga is a great way to get back your former self. Happy rejuvenating!

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