Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga Has Many Beneficial Effects on the Health of the Mother and the Fetus Specially if began in the First or Second trimesters. Therefore it Should Become a Routine Part of Prenatal Care.

Purpose: Establish reliable data and information gathered through scientific method research with the motive of educating the general public on various benefits of prenatal yoga.

Method: Researching pre-existing scientific literature on the subject and analyzing it.

Scope: Scientific journal data from different countries in the world mostly from Asia and the United States dating from January 2000 to the present.

Summary/Conclusion: Many current scientific studies of yoga confirm its benefits on numerous conditions including the state of pregnancy and its complications such as pre and postnatal depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, depressive and anxiety disorders, mother-child bonding, more comfort giving birth, low fetus weight, and more. The outcome of this research creates hope and encourages further study of regular yoga practice benefits during pregnancy as well as throughout life as there are supporting studies for including yoga as part of treating many other conditions such as migraine headaches and aphasia related to stroke.

Yoga has become a popular
activity worldwide in recent years.

Yoga is a self-administered therapy with many benefits which makes it ideal during pregnancy.

Yoga is said to lower blood pressure, reduce cortisol levels, reduce stress and anxiety, reduce pre and postpartum depression.

pregnant women who do yoga are
said to have shorter labor and
easier births

Yoga classes help boost circulation, fluid retention. improve sleep, stamina

It can help ease the back problems common in pregnant women

as well as other pregnancy-induced conditions such as gestational diabetes

Breathing techniques practiced in a yoga class are also good preparation for labor.

Improve optimism and improved self-perceived sense of power an individual needs to overcome life’s challenges such as pregnancy.

pregnant women who do yoga are said to have shorter labor and easier births

Yoga classes help boost circulation, fluid retention. improve sleep, stamina


can be said to have started about 1000 BCE. Its is a tradition that originated in India. However, it had become a forgotten practice by most Indians by the 18th century(5). It wasn’t till the early 1900s when it was brought to the west(5) by great yogis such as Yogananda (the founder of self-realization center) that yoga as we know it today began to take roots in the west. It was greatly embraced in Los Angeles and throughout California where it grew and was exported back to the rest of the world including India.

Yoga is a way of life, an eight-fold science of living as named by the great Indian sage Patanjali

Patanjali described yoga as an eight-fold path:

  1. Yamas- self-restraint
  2. Niyama- self-observation
  3. Asana- physical postures
  4. Pranayama- yoga breathing exercises
  5. Pratyahara- mindfulness, and withdrawal from the world
  6. Dharana- concentration
  7. Dhyana- meditation
  8. Samadhi- pure consciousness awareness

Pregnancy is a unique state of physiological stress, which necessitates physical, mental and social adaptation. The introduction of yoga into obstetrical practice provides a lower cost, low-risk intervention with numerous benefits in pregnancy outcome and high patient compliance. We may recommend that prenatal yoga become a routine part of prenatal care and be offered at hospitals internationally.

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