Try out Prenatal Yoga in Paris !
Are you looking for ways to relax and adapt to the body changes caused by your pregnancy ? Try out Prenatal Yoga in Paris.
This Prenatal Yoga workshop will be facilitated by Sharon Jacobs who is a native of South Africa and a former professional dancer. She has been a teacher of Yoga and Prenatal yoga for 10 years.
Her love and enthusiasm for the philosophy and practice of yoga have led her to carry out number of trainings including Sivananda (traditional Hatha yoga), Vinyasa (dynamic yoga) and Anusara (alignment and connection with the Heart).
This introduction to prenatal yoga will offer you a moment of rejuvenation. And of course, it will also allow you to meet and mingle with English speaking Expecting Mums in Paris.
We met Sharon who kindly replied to our interview:
Pregnant in Paris : What are the benefits of Prenatal Yoga for future mums ?
Sharon Jacobs : One of the main benefits is the inner space & peace that the yoga practice allows for woman to re-connect to themselves & their feminine power. It helps them to accept their changing bodies and to connect to their growing babies in the womb.
It’s a great way to stay in shape, physically & mentally during pregnancy even if you have never done yoga before.
Physically, it improves general muscle tone & flexibility; it boosts energy level; it improves balance, blood circulation, lymphatic return; it helps to relieve the minor aches & pains related to pregnancy (sciatica, pelvic symphysis dysfunction, nausea, constipation, indigestion).
Yoga helps to align the body correctly as your posture changes. You learn how to correctly tilt the pelvis while standing, how to lie down, & get out of bed,how to sit, etc.
The breathing, meditation & relaxation exercises help the mind and the body to relax. This calms the nervous system, helps with emotional changes, anxiety and worrisome thoughts about the baby & the birth.
Starting a prenatal yoga practice during pregnancy is a wonderful gift that you give to yourself (and your child) as you embark on the journey to becoming a mother.
Pregnant in Paris : Are there exercises which are particularly recommended during the pregnancy?
Sharon Jacobs : Diaphragmatic belly breathing is highly recommended & can be practiced by everyone: a seasoned yoga practitioner or a beginner. This can be practised sitting on the floor, back against a wall or in a chair, with a straight spine. The breath is the foundation of all yoga poses. It allows us to ‘’feel’’ our body & to be in the moment.
During both the inhalation & exhalation, awareness is brought to the pelvic floor muscles. This will tone & release these muscles that are so important for the birth.
I would recommend practising Savasana, relaxation pose. This can be practised either lying down with props under the torso, shoulders, hips or thighs; or lying on the side with a pillow underneath a knee.
-Seated side stretch pose
-Cat & cow pose
-Cobblers or butterfly pose
-Legs up the wall pose
When giving recommendations during pregnancy there is no ‘’one excercise/posture fits all’’ philosophy. Every pregnancy is different (every baby unique) & therefore the exercises should be adapted to the pregnancy.
Pregnant in Paris : On the other hand, is there any typical Yoga exercise to be avoided during the pregnancy?
Sharon Jacobs : In the yoga community it is advised to avoid twists, inversions, some balancing postures & backbends that put pressure on the belly. However there are a few discrepancies surrounding these postures.
Performing inversions have been known to be controversial. It depends on how experienced the yoga practitioner is. For example, performing a headstand or a supported shoulder stand can have wonderful benefits for relieving the pressure on the pelvis, varicose veins & balancing the endocrine system. Geeta Iyengar (daughter of the founder of Iyengar Yoga) has posted photos of her in both postures, while pregnant. For beginners, however, it would not be recommended to start to learn how to do these postures during pregnancy.
As for twists, it is generally advised to avoid them in the third trimester. They can be beneficial in relieving digestive issues & they are very energising. It depends on how they are instructed.
During pregnancy, the relaxing hormone renders the ligaments, tendons & as a result the joints become more flexible & pliant. Postures should remain comfortable & overstretching should be avoided.
While performing any posture, women are advised to listen carefully to their bodies and to stop if any posture feels uncomfortable.
Sharon Jacobs : Yes it does. Giving birth is a very unique experience. Sometimes, it happens like in the books (or on the net) & sometimes it does not. Yoga prepares us to be able to step confidently into whatever your birthing experience might be. As mentioned earlier, the practice provides an energy boost & strength to the body which are required to give birth.
The hips & pelvic floor muscles are mobilised thru pelvic tilts, postures & the breath. This helps to get the hips prepared for birth.
The relaxation exercises help you to stay focused, centred & calm during the labour.
The breath is a means of staying in the moment. It helps you to be there for yourself & for your baby despite the pain of the contractions.
Pregnant in Paris : When can you start practicing Prenatal Yoga during the pregnancy? Until when?
Sharon Jacobs : If you have never done yoga before, it is advised to start after the first trimester. If there are no constraints or medical reasons not to practice, you can continue practising right till before giving birth.
If you are already practising yoga, let your teacher know when you find out that you are pregnant but unless there are medical reasons & real discomfort, there is no reason to stop. Your teacher will either advise you to continue the class while adapting the postures or to change to a prenatal class.
This prenatal yoga workshop will be held on Monday, the 15th of December from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Paris, 12th Arrdt.
Please note that this workeshop is free of charge but there is limited number of places and we can only accommodate the first 10 registrants. So do not waste any time! Hurry-up and let me know if you would like to participate to this workshop!
Write to ellen(@)pregnant-in-paris.com
We will confirm your registration by sending individual emails.