“Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss.”
— Elise Joan
We asked our Yogapreneur moms to share their thoughts on this practice, and here’s what they had to say.
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Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in ancient India and has become increasingly popular around the world. It is more than just asana practice. It includes meditation, breath work, and lifestyle.
- It reduces stress and anxiety.
- Helps in relaxing the mind and improves mood.
- It increases flexibility, strength, and balance, and all this is accomplished through a combination of stretching, strengthening, and holding poses for longer periods of time.
- It provides relaxation and better sleep.
- It also cultivates a sense of community among individuals who connect with others who share similar interests and values.
Niruti Sud Bajaj
In the initial years,
Yoga was considered a spiritual practise to achieve the ultimate state of self-awareness (moksha).
It was followed by a few who had deep knowledge of the subject.
As time progressed,
Yoga became a platform for physical and mental well-being as emphasis was given to postures and breathing.
It is followed by all age groups as awareness has increased and the benefits are manifold.
Yoga is now coming in different forms, each with its own merits.
- Hatha yoga
- Ashtanga yoga
- Yin yoga
- Power yoga
- Aerial yoga
- Kundalini yoga
- Restorative yoga
Since its inception almost 5000 years ago, yoga has come a long way and has positively impacted countless lives across the globe.
Yoga is a way of life and is meant to heal, rejuvenate, and unwind both body and mind. The asanas work on a deeper level of the body and help open the nadis and energy centres. As the asanas work their way into the body, a lot of diseases can be cured simply by asanas.
On the mental level, yoga helps to
- calm the mind
- relax the nerves
- induce deep sleep
- rejuvenate the mind and body.
“As you sow, so you reap”; all of us have heard this saying, and we believe in “karma” as much as we believe in the power of good deeds. The same philosophy applies to a pregnant woman. By taking care of her health during pregnancy, a pregnant woman builds the foundation for a healthy baby and a healthy mother. And yoga in pregnancy is one beautiful way to build a nurturing environment for the mother’s mind, body, and womb.
The literal meaning of the word “yoga” is to merge, join, or unite. Yoga is the union of the soul with eternal truth. Yoga frees one’s life from sorrows and fluctuations of the mind. It gives peace, serenity, and composure. It is the art of knowing your own self, and when it comes to prenatal yoga, it’s the art of knowing.
You, your beautifully pregnant body, your very instinctual gut, and the womb-baby—it’s a beautiful way to bond with the baby!
However, prenatal yoga may not just function as a way to workout; it has a much higher purpose of BONDING with the baby, to make more blood flow towards your womb so that it nourishes and towards your chest so that the milk glands start growing… and yes, as everyone says, it enhances the chances of having a normal (vaginal) birth.
Childbirth educator and birth doula), came from my heart as I believe yoga isn’t just a mode of workout but a beautiful way of connecting with our bodies and womb babies .. for lots more heart to heart conversations around pregnancies and births do reach out