Sometimes, we are caught in the habit of negative thinking. This affects how we see the world and can negatively affect our health. As mothers, we may realize that we need to change negative thinking when we become pregnant, as a means to care for our bodies and babies. Plus, we all know that pregnancy, birth and motherhood can be challenging. Thinking positively can make this process so much easier!
But we can’t make change until we are aware of what needs changing. Once we are aware of negative thinking, we have then can be empowered to make healthier and more positive choices. In prenatal yoga, we learn and use various tools like breath and movement to become more aware of our bodies, thoughts and actions.
This week, we will practice using visualization to help us focus on the positive. Science has proven the mind-body connection, so we know that our body reacts when we just even imagine something. For example, if you visualize yourself sucking on a lemon, your mouth may begin to react and pucker. Your body reacts to your thoughts. You can use imagery to send yourself somewhere relaxing when in a stressful situation (like a beach) or imagine creating space in your body (i.e., inhaling into your lower back, exhaling releasing stress and tension). This type of visualization can be helpful during birth or any challenging mothering situation. Come learn and practice visualization with us this week!