More and more we see, hear and read news stories or studies about yoga's benefits for ailments from diabetes to depression, and rightly so. Anyone who has practiced knows how much of a total body workout yoga can be, as well as a way to quiet down the mind and gain control of your body and breath.
Up there on the list of people who should give yoga a try are expecting mothers. Prenatal yoga can be a great way to not only work the body in an essential way for moms-to-be, but also provides a good preparation for the breath and mind for delivery and beyond.
Medical experts at the Mayo Clinic have even touted prenatal yoga as "a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing."
Looking specifically at a pregnant woman's body, yoga can specifically work the areas with the most need in a class geared toward pregnant women. Below are some of the most important pains, areas of interest and common pregnancy issues yoga can safely and gently alleviate and improve.