There is always a lot of discussion around breath in childbirth education. And for good reason. Our breath can be a good tool in managing the intensity of birth. Frankly, it’s a good tool to use for anything intense or challenging in our lives (yes, mothering is wonderful, but it is also HARD). Our breath never leaves us, so it’s always available. Our breath affects all parts of our bodies, so we can use it to moderate stress. You will also notice that the opposite is also true: our thoughts can impact our breath as well.
For the next few weeks in prenatal yoga, we will be learning and practicing various breathing techniques that will be useful in reducing anxiety, depression, stress and managing pain. Hopefully, you can find one that works for you!