This is what you should do before your FIRST YOGA CLASS!

Yoga during pregnancy

Yoga is a great way of keeping yourself fit and healthy during pregnancy. It has various benefits and can help you cope with the ups and downs of pregnancy. Below are few common questions that get asked by pregnant women before beginning the first yoga class.

What are the things I should do before my first yoga class?
  • Talk to your doctor: It’s important to speak to your doctor before you start doing yoga. Your doctor will assess your health and tell you if it’s safe for you to do yoga. You should always have your doctor’s go-ahead before doing yoga. Let your doctor know if you have any pre-existing medical issues, or a history of miscarriages. This will help her guide you better. Keep in mind that the best time to start yoga (if you have never done it before) if after your 15th week of pregnancy. That is the time when the pregnancy is considered established. A lot of doctors and fitness experts advise you start exercising only in the second trimester.
  • Select a suitable yoga style: Since every body and every pregnancy is different, it’s important you choose a yoga style according to your needs. A qualified yoga instructor can really help you choose the right set of exercises for you.
  • Find a yoga instructor: During pregnancy, it is recommended that you practise yoga under the supervision of a yoga teacher. They can give you great advice according to your physical health and help you select postures that suit you. You should avoid doing yoga from videos, books, TV shows because it’s important you do the exercises the right way. Else, they can harm you and your baby. You can also talk to your yoga teacher and check if they conduct classes at your home. This will let you take yoga lessons in the comfort of your home. It will also ensure your yoga teacher gives time and attention only to you, benefiting you more.
  • Take a trial class: Taking a trial class is a good way of seeing if it suits you. Most yoga centres offer a trial class. At the time of registration, some yoga centres may require a health certificate from your doctor. This is to ensure your doctor’s agreement that you’re fit to do yoga.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes: It’s a good idea to get loose and comfortable clothes if you don’t have them already.
  • Eat a light snack: It’s recommended that yoga be done on a light stomach. Have a light meal or snack 1-2 hours before your yoga class. This will ensure you don’t feel hungry during the yoga class, since they can be long (up to 90 minutes).
  • Things to carry: Carry a mat, a water bottle, a change of clothes, a towel, and a light snack that you can have after your class.

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