The greatest challenge of all for most new mothers is the first year of the baby’s life. Although it brings great joy and excitement to most new mothers, the hormonal changes from pregnancy, birth and beyond can lead to increased stress, depression, sleep deprivation or even a feeling of remoteness.
This is why, for a great number of new mothers, beginning classes in yoga can bring you back into comfort, relaxation and a positive mental attitude, which will be a great positive effect on mother and baby.
In physical respects, yoga focuses on two particular issues. For one thing, it will help mothers realize the extent of their strength, stamina and endurance again and help to revive the parts of the body that were transformed by the pregnancy.
Yoga also helps to stretch the spine and shoulders and get rid of any hunched pose that a new mother may have. However, new mothers need to begin at a slow pace and make sure that any new class they might join is taken by a well trained and qualified instructor once they have consulted their doctor with regards to starting yoga.
If a mother did not participate in yoga during pregnancy, there is no reason at all while she cannot begin afterwards, since after pregnancy it is particularly gentle and ideal for people just beginning.
Taking up yoga does not just benefit you physically. It also helps mothers to deal with the emotional challenges of having a new baby. This, of course, is especially relevant if it is the first baby.
Yoga helps mothers to deal with the psychological changes they go through and in classes, mothers take breathing and relaxation exercises. In this way, yoga helps them to get back into their life again.
Being a parent is also part of the good practice of yoga and the babies are also integrated into this. The instructor may have a relaxation class, soothing the energy in the atmosphere and if the babies are in a different mood, the instructor will adapt the poses to accommodate with this.
Accommodating the babies into the yoga classes can benefit the bond between mother and child and have a highly positive effect on both parties. Mothers have to take into account the needs of the babies above all else.