Rhonda Kantor explains the benefits of yoga for the pregnant woman: mind and body
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Megan Littlefield: Yoga helps to relax me and helps to relax my mind and realign my body. And it helps me to refocus on what is really important. Kathy Jordan: Its more physical than mental for me but it is—there is some of the mental—specially the relaxation aspect is really wonderful because its simply that I know will come in handy in labor. Rhonda Kantor: Were always connecting and forming that relationship with our minds and bodies. And I try to describe that in the pose, when were doing the pose and were holding the pose to first physically align ourselves in the poses, to do a pose safely and to open up all of the energies chest centers in the body. I try to teach women to connect to their physical body. So we try to bring our awareness into the physical body by paying attention to body alignment for first lead. To get out of the chattering mind and the mind that’s detached from the present experienced. Megan Littlefield: Often times we get so busy and caught up in other aspects of our lives that we really need someone to tell us and remind us to refocus and to clear our minds. And to take deep cleansing breaths to help refocus ourselves and I think yoga, having a need to structure reminding me when you do that and really you know, gives both the physical benefits as well as the mental and psychological. Kathy Jordan: The physical aspect is just so great because you're able to you know, work all this different muscles and different poses and there is—it doesn’t seemed like I feel too limited by my pregnancy to do too much in yoga so that helps a lot. Megan Littlefield: I think that your body goes through so many changes during the pregnancy and I think that yoga helps to, helps to relax your body. Stretch those muscles that you wouldn’t normally stretch with you usual routine. And as well as to help relax your mind and re-center your spirits as so we say. As you go through this process that is sort of ever, ever changing.