Why is yoga so important after birth?
In the first post-natal class we focus on two important things: stabilising the pelvis and closing my body. During late pregnancy and giving birth the pelvis and the birthing channel open and your body creates space for your baby. After your baby has been born you want your body to close, heal and gently recover. Forget about top-models being able to fit in a bikini in a week. You don’t want or need a killer body right now. Your baby prefers a soft body anyway. Focus on your long-term health and stability. I cannot stress this enough: be gentle, patient and take things slow! Your future body will thank you big time. Focus on the healing inside and the outside will follow. Most yoga studios don’t have mirrors because teachers want you to feel your body instead of looking at it and experience your practice rather from the inside than from the outside.
In the first classes we take time to breathe, feel the pelvis and bring it back in a neutral stance and work on posture to align the spine. Slow steady breathing to close the ribs, belly and pelvic floor muscles. We focus on gentle non-visible exercises that feel very powerful and supporting after giving birth.
Read more about our teacher Ina’s personal story with yoga after birth in her blog