75-Percent of Moms-to-be Don't Exercise to Improve Mood

The medical science that documents the value of exercise during pregnancy is vast. Study results indicate regular exercise minimizes the musculoskeletal discomforts that come with advancing pregnancy, improves quality of sleep, minimizes pregnancy weight gain, and even shortens labor. ... read more »

Restorative Yoga: Seated Wide-Legged Forward Fold

The seated wide-legged forward fold opens the hips, and stretches the back and thighs. The supported (restorative) version, is less intense than a regular wide-legged forward fold, and allows pregnant women to do the pose without having to hold up their back. ... read more »

Bipolar Disorder: TTC, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Period

If you suffer from bipolar disorder, is important to understand how trying to conceive (TTC), pregnancy and the postpartum period will affect your mental health.  ... read more »

Breathing Practice – Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi Pranayama (Ocean Sounding or Victorious Breath) breath is commonly used throughout yoga classes and practices. It is used to calm the body and mind, heat the body internally to permit fluid movement and stretching, as well as provide a meditational focal point during the practice for you and those around you. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)

Warrior I is a strengthening, stretching, and even a bit of a balancing pose, that can inspire confidence and power in its practitioner. Practice Warrior I after warming up your body, during the higher intensity portion of your yoga workout.   ... read more »

Prenatal Pregnancy Yoga Guide

Prenatal Yoga is an ideal form of exercise for women during pregnancy because it includes strengthening, stretching, relaxation, and breathing practice, and can be easily adapted for each trimester. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

Warrior II, like Warrior I, is a challenging all-over body strengthener used in prenatal and non-prenatal yoga. Warrior II is also a deep hip and upper body opener and has been said to alleviate backaches during pregnancy to increase fertility.  ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - What Is It?

Prenatal yoga is a physical activity that can be everything from strengthening and stretching to relaxing and meditative. ... read more »

Introduction to Prenatal Yoga

At the very foundation of yoga practice are some truly transformative and sometimes even life changing techniques that can help people maximize your physical and mental health, and reduce stress. ... read more »

Are Eating Disorders Common in Pregnancy?

University College and Kings College in London recently published a study in the European Eating Disorders Review. The study aimed to bring to light the prevalence of eating disorder in pregnancy. ... read more »

Mom’s Antipsychotic Meds Affect Pregnancy

When doctors see pregnant patients who take or need to take antipsychotic drugs, they face the dilemma of treating the mother at the risk of the baby or sparing the baby by not treating the mother. ... read more »

Breathing Practice – Nadi Shodhana (Channel Purifying Breath)

Nadi Shodhana (nah-deeh show-dah-nuh) is a yoga breathing practice which relaxes the body and mind and is said to balance the sides of the brain and purify the energy channels of the body. It is safe for pregnant women and women trying to conceive. ... read more »

Suicide Risk Among New Mothers and Soon-to-be Mothers

A very recent study published online in the General Hospital Psychiatry journal claims additional services may be needed by women who are pregnant and those who have just delivered a child. ... read more »

Restorative Yoga – Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

Leg's Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) in restorative yoga is known in yoga as an 'inversion,' or upside-down pose where your heart is above your head. ... read more »

Fetus Gets Psychological Messages from Mom

As every mother knows, the fetus is constantly listening to the mother's heartbeat, the sounds of her digestive system and even the music sheplays outside the womb, but researchers believe the fetus hears morethan just physical sounds. ... read more »

Developmental Problems in Children May be Related to Mother's Mood Disorders During Pregnancy

Many women struggle with depression and other mood disorders while pregnant. Exposure to these mood disorders during pregnancy may cause the offspring to exhibit long-term emotional and behavioral problems later in life. ... read more »

Pregnancy Can Trigger Resurgence of Symptoms in Bipolar Women

Pregnancy can be a tricky time for women diagnosed with psychiatricdisorders but a new study indicates it's especially tough on womenpreviously diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD). ... read more »

Pregnancy Linked to Increased Risk of Mental Health Woes in Female Vets

U.S. female veterans who become pregnant may be at increased risk for mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to researchers at Yale University School of Medicine. ... read more »

What do I Need to Practice Yoga?

All you need to practice yoga is a little bit of floor space and a little bit of time. ... read more »

Do I Need to be Flexible To Do Yoga?

Anyone can do yoga whether they are flexible or not. The most important thing about practicing yoga is that it feels good for your individual body. ... read more »

Is Yoga Safe For my Baby?

Yoga is absolutely safe for your baby. While yoga in general can range from a gentle relaxation to a rigorous heart-pumping work out, prenatal yoga is specifically designed to feel good for mother and not harm growing baby.  ... read more »

Breath and Breathing

Breath is the most important element of a yoga practice. It allows us to move deeper into a pose, get through a difficult one, and move gracefully from one pose to another. Our breath can have this same guiding and transformative power in our daily lives. ... read more »

When Does Obsessing During your Pregnancy Become OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by obsessive thoughts and repetitive behaviors. ... read more »