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Through using meditations, mantras and visualization techniques, we are able to find a sense of peace amidst the unknowns of all that is entailed during labor and delivery. These five techniques are all very helpful tools both during pregnancy and labor.
This is a very powerful meditation to ground yourself during pregnancy, coping and dealing with the emotional – and physical – ups and downs of pregnancy. I recommend setting aside time every day and having a consistent, ritualistic nurturing practice.
Start off with 5 minutes a day, and then gradually increase the minutes every week. The gift of peace is one of the greatest gifts that you can give your baby, while still in your womb.
Here is a simple technique for starting meditation:
-Place your hands on your belly, gently cradling baby
-Observe the sensations felt beneath your hands
-Do you feel warmth? Any movements?
-As your mind wanders off, breathe deeper into your belly.
-As a thought arises, label it as “thinking”
-Upon exhalation, let that thought float away, as if it were a cloud in the sky.
There is a lot of power in our words. When we speak of something, we believe in it. It affects our consciousness, our nervous system, our way of being. I like to use practical mantras when I teach Pregnancy Yoga. As we go into a challenging pose, “uncomfortable” feelings are brought up. Our tendency is to try to get out of the uncomfortableness, to escape, to avoid.
The mantra that I use with my yogini mamas is: “Strong mama breath. Breathe in for baby.” This same mantra can be used during difficult times in pregnancy and during labor.