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The joys of Yoga Nidra for pregnancy

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YOGA NIDRA FOR PREGNANCY

by Anna Watts 

Benefits of Yoga Nidra during Pregnancy

For the pregnant woman Yoga Nidra can have a profound effect on strengthening the connection with her unborn child, enhancing the bonding process between the mother-to- be and her baby in the womb. These powerful, yet simple and effective relaxation techniques have assisted many women to remain calm and focused during labour and the birth of their baby. 

Yoga Nidra will help to clear the mind, as well as relaxing the body, as the pregnant woman prepares for the birth experience, allowing her to release any outside influences or unconscious fears to experience deep calm and clarity. The gift of Yoga Nidra is to open the pathway of communication with the unborn child, some women experience receiving ‘guidance’ from their baby in this deeply relaxed state.

A woman, who was pregnant with her second child, expressed a feeling of sadness with the lack of time she had to connect with her baby in utero compared to her first pregnancy.  During Yoga Nidra her vision was of her precious baby sitting inside an open lotus flower, giving her a feeling of complete bonding with her baby.  She used this image during labour to help birth her beautiful daughter.

Powerful images, such as this, can help the mother remain focused during labour and to truly allow her body to open to the birthing energy as the life force flows through her to birth her child.

Pregnancy/Birth Visualisations

During pregnancy the psychic pathways are more open and pregnant women are very receptive to simple visualisation ideas –

  • Picture a beautiful flower – notice the shape (open or closed/bud or full bloom), colour, smell of the flower.  Bring this image into your heart as you send love to your baby.
  • Imagine yourself and your baby lying in a hammock, under a tree gently rocking together.  Picture the sunlight shining through the leaves bathing you both in golden light.
  • Picture a beautiful box – notice the shape, material, colour of the box – inside the box is a gift from your baby.  Perhaps a feeling, a word, a colour or a symbol.  Thank your baby for this gift and put it somewhere safe.

The practice of Yoga Nidra during a Pre-natal Yoga class may include a ‘birth visualisation’ – an opportunity to focus on your birth vision as you create a picture in your mind of the birthing scene.  A birthing visualisation guides you through each stage of labour, gives you an insight of what to expect during the birth experience and completes with the welcoming of the baby.

Practicing birth visualisation allows the pregnant woman to gain clarity of her deepest wishes for the birth and to gain insights from her baby. This is a deeply intuitive practice and it’s important to remember to “visualize the cervix closed until the time is right for the labour to begin naturally” whenever you do a birth visualisation.   

Following a wonderful birth, the new mother said the birth “was exactly as I visualized it” during relaxation the previous day.  Her sense of satisfaction and feeling of creativity following the birth was beautiful to share and will give her a sense of feminine empowerment for the rest of her life.

Sankalpa for Pregnancy

The process of making a Sankalpa specifically for the pregnancy or birth will enhance a positive attitude towards this time of transformation and encourage a feeling of empowerment. Your Sankalpa is a positive way to focus on the pregnancy, giving birth or parenting the growing family. 

Sample pregnancy/birthing resolves -

 “I receive love and support for myself and my baby”

“I release fear and look forward to the birth with confidence”

“I breathe, trust and surrender to give birth peacefully”

“I give thanks for the joy of birth and celebrate new life”  Anna W

Anna Watts, a beloved guest teacher for Bliss Baby for some years now, is a qualified Doula and Childbirth educator who has been guiding women and their partners through the journey of pregnancy and birth since 1990. Anna was also one of the original Prenatal Yoga Teachers, trained in the Satyananda tradition.  Anna will be teaching on the upcoming Bliss Baby 100 hr Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Course in Byron Bay in August. 

Anna's "Celebration of Birth" Relaxation and Meditation for Pregnancy DVD is available for purchase here. 

Visit Anna Watt's Celebration of Birth Website to find out more about her work including a highly recommended Doula Training Course. 

 

 

 

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