For mothers to be, yoga offers tremendous benefits for coping with the demands and stress that pregnancy places on the body. One woman who gave birth over thirty years ago still exclaims, "It kept me fit and toned, and helped me relax during labor. It was the best thing I could have done." Ideal for preparing for birth and labor, yoga promotes fitness and flexibility, tones the pelvic area, increases circulation, works the cardiovascular system, helps with breath control, and balances significant body mind energies for a clear and calm mind during labor.
The Prenatal Yoga Deck includes 50 cards designed to energize the body, relax the mind, and promote overall well-being. Ten breathing exercises and ten meditations complement thirty yoga poses (asanas) for a well-rounded yoga regime. Each card features an illustration as well as simple, user-friendly directions on how to do each pose, along with a description of the physical and emotional benefits and an affirmation specially designed to unite body, mind, and spirit. Because full and even breathing is crucial during labor, the ten breathing (pranayama) cards are especially effective for learning to lengthen exhalation and focus the mind. The remaining ten meditation dhyana) cards aid in controlling blood pressure and respiration rate. They were specifically selected to help the new mother connect with the baby emotionally and spiritually.
Every card lists the trimesters appropriate for safely practicing each exercise, including alternate postures and adjustments to ensure comfort throughout the pregnancy. Convenient and accessible, The Prenatal Yoga Deck is portable, handy, and designed to let users design their own yoga regimes. Each card is numbered and coded by trimester and may be used consecutively or mixed and matched. The benefits of yoga for expectant mothers cannot be stressed enough, and The Prenatal Yoga Deck offers a safe and doctor-recommended regime in a uniquely innovative and fun-to-use format.
Olivia H. Miller has studied yoga for over 25 years and also authored The Yoga Deck and The Stretch Deck both published by Chronicle Books.
Diane Philos Jensen is a Certified Childbirth Educator who has worked as a Traditional Labor Attendant and prenatal yoga instructor.
Maryanne Clasby Bombaugh, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician gynecologist and a Fellow of the American CoIlege of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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