Yoga Nidra Meditation for Pregnancy
Women’s health is our theme for April and we, as modern women, have many demands on our time and many challenges to face when deciding what is best for our bodies. I could’ve written about many things (diet, contraception, relaxation, stress management), but it seemed important to me to think about probably the most significant event in a woman’s life – pregnancy and child birth.
However life affirming it might be to welcome a child into this world, pregnancy itself is not without its difficulties. The hormone relaxing is released in particularly high amounts during the first trimester, leading to unstable joints and an increased risk for joint and soft-tissue injury. You experience growth in many different ways – your belly expanding as your child grows, placenta and womb expanding to accommodate this new life, breasts developing and preparing to produce milk. All of this uses additional energy and you may find yourself more tired than usual or hungrier! Hormonal changes make both sleep and moods more erratic and the body experiences new sensations and changes in unexpected places; swollen ankles and hands, sore backs, an over-active bladder. Pregnancy, then, can be a challenging time for us.
This is why I wanted to write about the gentle practice of Yoga Nidra.
I have used Yoga Nidra for many applications and with many different people, but I am especially excited to introduce this practice to expectant mothers and their babies!
Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation and is often described as ‘yogic sleep’ or the ‘meditative heart of yoga’. With the wellness movement that is currently sweeping the western world, I doubt that you need much reminding of the benefits of meditation (relaxation, focus, lowered blood pressure, increased happiness), but did you also know that it can help you to sleep better and reduce pain.