Pre-natal Yoga: Questions and Answers


Prasu Yoga is pregnancy yoga aimed at supporting the mental and physical well-being of expectant mothers. In this post, we have gathered the most common questions that future mothers ask when registering for classes.

Why practice yoga during pregnancy?
Well-structured Prasu sequences of asanas and pranayamas provide the opportunity to strengthen a woman’s health and prepare her body for the demands associated with carrying a child, childbirth, and postpartum recovery.

At what stages can one practice prenatal yoga?
If you feel well, you can practice yoga from the beginning of pregnancy. However, in practice, it is important to consider that the first trimester is the most unstable period of pregnancy. If you experience rapid changes in mood and overall well-being at the beginning of pregnancy, it’s best to avoid Hatha yoga practice. Typically, the condition improves by the second trimester, and you can continue practicing until childbirth.

Are there any contraindications for practicing yoga during pregnancy?
Prasu Yoga is one of the types of physical activity recommended for pregnant women and practically has no contraindications. The exception is absolute contraindications for engaging in physical activities during pregnancy. In most cases, these are health conditions where bed rest and urgent medical care are the only right solution.

Can you start practicing prenatal yoga if you have never practiced yoga before?
Yes, you can. However, if you are a yoga novice, you should start practicing in specialized prenatal yoga groups. This is a mandatory condition. Typically, such groups accept students no earlier than the 10th week of pregnancy, provided they feel well.

What are the physical fitness requirements for practicing prenatal yoga?
Is good flexibility required? The main requirement for starting prenatal yoga is the well-being of the expectant mother and the absence of medical contraindications. Special physical fitness and good flexibility are not necessary to start practicing Prasu Yoga.

Will the physical exercises harm the baby?
When performed correctly, well-chosen Prasu Yoga exercises improve the well-being of both the mother and the baby. For example, regular yoga sequences combined with ten-minute runs or walks and kapalabhati breathing exercises have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system of pregnant women and improve the nutrition and blood supply to the internal organs of the expectant mother and the baby. Inverted asanas increase blood flow to the uterine and placental vessels and provide the most favorable position for the baby in the womb. Regular pranayama practice ensures the best delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the fetus.