This approach places emphasis on practicing yoga throughout pregnancy. Yoga brings mind and body into union through the awareness of breath and the practice of gentle movements. It encourages emotional and physical release, which serves as a great aid in calming restlessness and anxiety. Physically, the benefits are numerous. Relief from the normal aches and tensions of pregnancy is gained through learning massage, gentle stretching, breathing, and support from partners and props.
The preparation encourages fathers to participate in the experience of pregnancy, birth, and parenting thereby enhancing the commitment of both parents to the responsibilities of mutual support and parenting.
Whether at home or in the hospital, yoga for pregnancy enables a woman to tap into the wisdom of her own body in order to give birth safely and confidently.