Moving your body into poses and exercises is the most commonly known form of yoga. Through performing a set pattern of movements while placing your attention on your breathing creates a state which relaxes the mind, making you focused, stable and 'present'.
Being 'present' on what you are doing in any one moment relieves stress and helps you develop a sense of mind and body unity and wellness. Yoga not only brings us back to the 'here and now' it also known to strengthen muscles, heighten mind and body awareness and 'cleanse' your internal organs.
PRENATAL YOGA - Prenatal yoga has numerous benefits for you.
It prepares the pelvic muscles, hips & legs for childbirth, helps you process emotions from increased hormonal activity, brings a greater awareness of the breath, how to use it during labour & how to calm yourself, improves circulation, which improves the nutrition to your baby, keeps the body supple and aligned while it changes to accommodate the life within and keeps you in contact with your unborn child.
YOGA ASANAS & POSTURES
Yoga asanas (asana literally means 'posture in which it is pleasurable to remain with attentiveness') have been developed by practitioners over literaly thousands of years as an aid to good physical and mental health, well-being and self realization.
Many of the yoga 'postures' are named after animals which the yogis imitated.
Yoga 'postures' have a number of unique features, which set them apart from other forms of exercise: