Benefits of Prenatal Partner Yoga and a Special Opportunity to Explore It!

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Prenatal Yoga is one of the most effective, safe, and enjoyable ways to increase comfort during pregnancy and prepare for an empowered birth. Partner Yoga offers a uniquely nurturing way to experience deeper awareness, strength, stability, and release. These two practices combine gracefully and can help to ease discomfort during pregnancy and prepare both mom and partner for birth.

Some Benefits of Partner Yoga as Birth Preparation:

~Increase body awareness, and the ability to breathe through the moment.

~Helps increase confidence in birth partners and their ability to support the birthing Mom.

~Partner assists allow for deeper release and organization in yoga poses, allowing for more effective relief from common issues that arise in the pregnant body, such as back pain, sciatica, leg cramps, leg swelling, acid reflux, exhaustion, stiff muscles, and/or insomnia.

~Explores touch as a gateway for the focus to move away from the mind (where fear resides) and into embodied presence.

~Releases Oxytocin, which assists in shifting out of fight/flight mode and into the parasympathetic mode, thus increasing feelings of safety, relaxation, pleasure, and connection. This shift is essential for labor hormones to be released and allow for the deepening intensity of contractions to build. Oxytocin is released in large amounts after distension of the cervix and uterus during labor, facilitating birthmaternal bonding, and, after birth, stimulation of the nipples, and lactation.

~Brings awareness to multiple areas of the body at once, helping to diffuse mental tension and refresh the nervous system.

~Allows for increased attention, insight, compassion, and gentle encouragement from the helping partner, which often allows the person performing the asana to feel safe to go deeper, gain new understanding on their alignment, or be able to experience subtle but key actions in the pose.

~Creates a fun, expressive experience of unity and trust between partners, and creates a nurturing time and space to connect with your new baby!

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Want to learn more? Join Emily and Avery for an upcoming Prenatal Partner Yoga Workshop Sunday, Feb 23, 2-5 pm at High Desert Yoga in Nob Hill, Albuquerque NM.  Both mom and partner will experience all poses, so that both can benefit from -and enjoy- dynamic active poses followed by gentle restorative poses. The workshop will include guided partner relaxation, focused connection with each other and your sweet baby, and experiential education about anatomy, the breath, and techniques you can use together to ease labor. Experience the healing, relaxing power of touch. Open to moms and any birth partner – husbands, dads, doulas, midwives, sisters, wives, etc. A great way to honor your journey together! Also open to birth professionals, yoga teachers, and yoga teacher trainees, who are looking for more hands on experience with safe techniques and assisted poses from pregnant moms. 

Register at High Desert Yoga.

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doorways into alignment

“Both the pictures and the words on our minds influence the feelings in our bodies, which in turn feed our thoughts and mental pictures. To create powerful and dynamic alignment, we use this roundabout cycle to our technical advantage if we fertile with constructive information and weed out destructive thoughts.”                             -Eric Franklin

…And many of us have experienced first hand in yoga practice effects between these simultaneously evolving layers of our being. We can enter though any access point along this loop to explore the re-organization process, and shift the many layers, woven through the various dimensions of our thoughts, emotions, awareness, energetic body, and physical body.

One reason I love asana is in the feedback loop of accountability we can access. When the mind goes into it’s slippery matrix of rabbit holes, sometimes the navigational pathway is unclear. However, we can perceive clearly a femur that is pointed in a different direction than the knee and ankle joint, or a pelvis that tilts to the left. And by creating alignment in this plane, that harmony echos through out the subtler dimensions of self.

In a mini-Workshop focused on Birth Preparation this past weekend, a group of lovely pregnant mamas and I explored ways of accessing an emotional ease and alignement through playing with repetitive motion, rhythm, asana, and inner listening. We used the physical practice as an access point for finding a place of center within the self, an alignement in the subtler layers, as these women prepare for the greatest unknown: giving birth. The scope and possibility of this work amazes and inspires me.

(painting and photo by Avery Kalapa)