Said to be the exercise of choice for the Duchess of Cambridge during her pregnancy, the popularity of prenatal yoga — which has already been quite high these past few years, has soared. Now it has the royal seal of approval, it’s no wonder that prenatal yoga classes have also been steadily gaining popularity in Singapore.
There are a number of studios offering these classes on the island. Yoga is not a new trend, though — it’s been around for thousands of years, and people were practicing it in the East long before it gained popularity in the West during the late 20th century. So, what is all the fuss behind yoga and especially prenatal yoga? We take a look at why pregnant women are flocking to yoga studios today to take up this ancient practice.
What is yoga?
Yoga has its roots in Hindu philosophy – thus yoga not only focuses on the physical side of the being, but also the mental and spiritual well-being of the person. According to KA Jacobsen, author of the Theory and Practice of Yoga, “Yoga is a disciplined method utilized for attaining a goal.” In the Western-style of yoga, this goal is often to achieve balance between mind and body.
Most know a yoga routine to consist of a series of poses, or asanas, which are combined with breathing and meditation techniques to achieve a sense of oneness. Bringing together the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of a person into perfect harmony. Yoga techniques differ in styles and intensity between the various styles of yoga. Prenatal yoga, which is a much less strenuous exercise than normal yoga, is thought to make pregnancy a more relaxing experience for women.
The benefits of prenatal yoga
Read about the benefits and precautions of prenatal yoga on the next page…