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There is a need for Yoga that is more specifically directed to enhance women’s well being, with a greater understanding of body-mind practices that benefit women through life-cycle stages than is offered in general yoga classes.
Many women can benefit from yoga to address all sorts of ailments (reproductive disorders, chronic conditions, post surgery recovery, peri-menopause symptoms) that impair their day to day enjoyment of life
Well Woman yoga was developed with women for women. It includes the teaching of specific restorative poses and flow practices, together with specially designed therapeutic micro-movements to benefit the neuro-endocrine and reproductive systems. Asana and movements, pranayama, relaxation, mudras and mantras are combined to promote pelvic tone and wellbeing and to optimise individual hormonal balance. Practices taught carefully integrate the work of Eastern and Western healers and teachers, with references to classic yoga texts. Recent developments in somatic healing movement and yoga therapy are included. part of the Amazonian shamanic
Well Woman yoga is also offered for the benefit of women with special requirements that cannot be met fully in general classes. The benefits of Well Woman yoga are inseparably physiological and psychological.
Yoga also helps women access a space of deep relaxation in which the psychological or mental roots of current conditions may be identified and addressed.
Yoga therapy is compatible with both mainstream care and complementary therapies. Well Woman Yoga empowers women to actively take charge of their wellbeing with body-based therapeutic tools that are simple and effective.
It’s fine to practice pregnancy yoga regardless of any previous experience. As long as your teacher is aware of any ongoing health issues as well as those associated with pregnancy or whether you have had a history of miscarriage.
It is generally advisable to let the pregnancy establish before starting-i.e. around 12 weeks. There is no upper limit on practice-as long as you feel able and enjoy it.
There are a number of yoga postures & techniques which are, or will become, contra-indicated as pregnancy progresses & some yoga teachers prefer not to have pregnant women in their classes because of this Pregnancy yoga is a specialised field & it makes sense to find a teacher both qualified & experienced in this approach. I have been teaching Pregnancy Yoga for 21 years so am widely experienced women presenting in classes with a wide variety of issues either related to pregnancy or not.
A woman’s body takes time to recover from both growing & giving birth to her baby. Ligaments are still loose, especially if breastfeeding, so it is easy to overstretch & therefore weaken these ligaments. Birth can result in low back conditions, SPD can still continue if present during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Women also continue to lose blood (lochia) for some time after the birth. Others may have had a Caesarian delivery and are, therefore, recovering from major surgery. Add to this broken sleep and the other physical, mental & emotional demands of caring for a new baby & possibly older sibling(s) and it becomes clear that a regular class is not meeting the mother’s needs. Mum & baby yoga creates a chance to recharge & strengthen as well as a mutually supportive, relaxed environment with a teacher who understands the safest & most suitable, beneficial way to practice.
You need an empty stomach and empty bladder. If you are diabetic you might want to bring a light snack such as a bar if sugar levels are likely to get very low. You need loose, comfortable clothing-so nothing belted, buttoned or zipped. Yoga is practiced in bare feet. Yoga is for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, ability, etc. A competent teacher is able to teach students with a wide range of both ability and limitation. You will need a non slip yoga mat, a firm cushion or yoga block, yoga belt (optional) & possibly a blanket to cover up with during relaxation.