Pregnancy brings the greatest joy to not only the expectant mother but also to the whole new family. When everyone is busy celebrating the great good news and giving their fair share of tips and advice for a smoother experience, thinking about picking up a few pregnancy yoga books is a great idea!
There are countless proven benefits of doing yoga- and maybe never more special during one is pregnant. Prenatal yoga or to be precise pregnancy yoga practice can help your body to easily accumulate the changes it is going through, ease the strain of an ever-expanding belly, and help the expectant mothers feel more centered and less stressed.
The add-on is, it can also help new moms to recover from childbirth with flying colors, better results with quick recovery! Of course, it is always advisable to go according to the advice of a professional medical practitioner and an expert prenatal yoga care specialist before starting a new exercise routine, but getting acknowledged information through the books is always a good practice.
On that note, with so many books out there, it can be a little overwhelming to choose one to start with. Here is a list of some renowned and giving best advice books on pregnancy yoga recommended by our prenatal care specialist Dr. Shweta Varpe (Shwet Yoga PregnaFit online/offline Program)
Best Pregnancy Yoga Books for Expectant Mothers
1) “Yoga For Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond” by Francoise Barbira Freedman
This book is quoted as “essential for every mother to be” by many. The author – Françoise Barbira Freedman, PhD, is a medical anthropologist at Cambridge University, England. Her pioneering interest in pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond stems from her earliest studies in the Amazon, where she was inspired by the energetic, light-hearted, and gentle mothering of the Peruvian Amazonian women.
This is a wholesome book on pregnancy yoga providing step-by-step guidance including photos on yoga postures that can be adapted for each trimester. It perfectly illustrates the relaxation techniques, and simple breathing exercises showing you how to adjust to the physical demands of labor and give birth with minimum strain. From conception to birth, it explains the real advantages of pregnancy yoga for mother and baby.
2) “Iyengar Yoga For Motherhood: Safe Practice For Expectant And New Mothers” by Geeta S. Iyengar, Rita Keller, and Kerstin Khattab
From the daughter of yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, a book that every mother-to-be and new mom will celebrate!
It is the indispensable volume for every woman who wishes to continue her Yoga practice during pregnancy and the first 18 months of motherhood. With a fresh, contemporary design and a strong emphasis on safety, it offers guidance, reassurance, and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. More than 350 photographs using ethnically neutral models carefully guide readers through every asana, highlighting variations on each for safe practice. Additionally, women will find safety rankings for each trimester of pregnancy, call-outs listing benefits and cautions, and detailed instructions for proper anatomical alignment and Pranayama breathing. Officially sanctioned by B.K.S. Iyengar, who has also written the foreword, the publication of Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood is sure to be an important event in the Yogic community.
3) “Pregnancy Health Yoga: Your Essential Guide For Bump, Birth And Beyond” by Tara Lee
The authors explain the importance of breathwork to relax your body and reduce stress. They also provide guided meditations and visualizations to help you feel calm and positive, as well as fully illustrated step-by-step routines to energize you and relieve muscle tension and pain. There’s a guide to the beneficial postures for a range of common pregnancy-related conditions, including back pain, breathlessness, and swollen ankles, and there’s detailed advice on preparing for labor and childbirth. The book concludes with a range of post-natal exercises to get you back in shape and energized as a new mum.
4) “Yoga For Pregnancy: Poses, Meditations, And Inspiration For Expectant And New Mothers” by Leslie Lekos and Megan Westgate
Yoga for Pregnancy offers detailed, precise instruction for over a hundred yoga poses to support you during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Accompanying sequences focus on a range of applications, from quick daily practices to poses for common pregnancy ailments.
Going beyond physical posture practice, Yoga for Pregnancy also includes guidance on meditation, visualization, devotional chanting, nutrition, herbal remedies, and other tools to inspire and nourish you and your baby.
5) “Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience The Natural Power Of Pregnancy And Birth With Kundalini Yoga And Meditation” by Gurmukh Kaur Kahlsa
In Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful, Gurmukh gives you all the tools you need to have a healthy and happy pregnancy while increasing your connection to your partner and building compassion and prosperity. The ancient practices of yoga can lead you back to your own power as a woman, capable of more than you ever dreamed. All you need is a belief in the possibility of change and a commitment of as little as three minutes a day. Gurmukh has helped thousands of women and their families find fulfillment through the healing movements and meditations of Kundalini yoga—and she can help you, too!