Benefits of Yoga for New Moms
by Angela Heidt
Let’s face it – your body has been through the wringer. You want to get in shape, but don’t know where to start and are too busy with your baby to think about it. What you need here is some yoga. Not only is yoga great for your body, it relaxes and clears your mind as well so you can focus on being a great mom instead of worrying about the little things.
So what is yoga? It was originally developed in India as a method of meditation for those who followed Hindu or Buddhist practices. It was practiced to clear the mind of all conflict, leaving it open so one could try to achieve enlightenment. In modern times, the various poses and postures of yoga have been recognized to have incredible health benefits.
There are many different types of yoga out there, each with a different goal. Some yoga styles focus more on the mind and teaching you to clear your thoughts, while others focus primarily on strengthening the body. For new moms, it is essential that the class be customized to your medical needs, so you may want to find a class aimed towards new moms, or at least notify the instructor of your post-partum status.
What are the benefits of yoga? Here are a few reasons why you should consider it:
- Increases brain activity
- Increases range of motion in joints
- Improves posture – something that we all need to work on after carrying a child
- Helps to increase strength, endurance, and energy levels
- Improves sleep – another thing new moms need
- Normalizes weight
- Improves balance
- Can lower blood pressure – many moms experience a higher than normal blood pressure after giving birth due to the additional blood volume in their body
While there are many types of exercise that you can choose from to help shape up and lose weight, yoga is one of the only exercises that also focuses on improving your spirit. Regularly practicing yoga will decrease your stress levels and help you become a more patient parent when the going gets tough, and it is just as easy to practice at home when you feel the need to de-stress.
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