9 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is one of the best things that you can do for yourself, as well as your growing baby.

Pregnancy Yoga pic

9 Benefits of prenatal yoga:

  1. Develops stamina and strength- As baby grows within our body, more energy and strength is needed to be able to carry the weight.  Yoga poses strengthen our hips, back, arms and shoulders.
  2. Balance- Our balance is challenged physically as the fetus grows within our body. Emotionally we are drained due to the increases in progesterone and estrogen. As we try to focus on holding and breathing through each yoga pose, we are able to fine tune our balance, physically and emotionally.
  3. Relieves tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders- As baby grows, more stress is put upon these specific muscle groups in our bodies.  We tend to have more of a lordotic/lower back curve due to the increased size of our bellies. Our hips get tighter due to the added pressure of baby’s weight in our bellies. As our breasts increase in size, our upper back and chest have more tension, along with our neck and shoulders.
  4. Calms the nervous system-Through deep breathing, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which is responsible for relaxation.  When our bodies are in that mode, our digestions operate properly, we tend to sleep better, and our immune system is at its optimal.
  5. Connection with baby- A prenatal yoga practice allows us to slow down and focus attention on what is going on within our bodies. Through working with our breath and doing each pose, you become more aware of what is going on within.
  6. Increases circulation- Circulation is enhanced within our joints and our muscles are elongated during practice.  Upon circulation of the blood within our bodies, swelling is decreased and our immunity is enhanced, creating a healthy environment for a thriving baby.
  7. Breathwork practice- This is a good tool for labor during contractions.  If we are consciously breathing, our blood pressure and heart rate is regulated keeping us in parasympathetic/relaxation mode.  Calm mama equals calm baby.
  8. Sense of community/sisterhood- It can be very comforting to be with a group of women who understand what we are going through.
  9. Nurturing time- This time allows us to stop and slow down from our busy days.  Through the practice of yoga, you are setting intention in taking care of not only yourself, but of baby.

Combining and complementing with our Pregnancy Yoga classes, the 6 week private yoga training help women and their birth partner prepare for and experience birth. If you are interested in our 6 week private yoga training email yogawithgiesel@gmail.com.

Practice working with your body and mind to make your pregnancy more spiritual than painful.

Release fears surrounding birth and embrace the natural process of what your body and your baby will do.


What I wish my clients knew about yoga.

I wish that clients knew that yoga teachers are people too. we go through the same ups and downs, the difference is, that regardless of what we are going through, we have to show up for class because other people count on us.

Here’s What International Day Of Yoga Looked Like in Belize

On Sunday, June 21, Belizeans all over the country gathered to celebrate the UN’s first International Day of Yoga.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition,” Modi said when he first proposed International Day of Yoga during the opening of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. “Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

Check out these amazing pictures from the event below:

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Yoga comes in 10th on the top 100 Best Jobs in America

  • Y-43Median pay: $62,400*
  • Top pay: $119,000*
  • 10-year job growth: 13%

Yoga instructors balance their time between teaching classes that bring the physical and spiritual together, planning what goes into each class and getting the word out about a studio.

What’s great: For many yoga instructors, the ability to transform a person’s day or how they live their life, both physically and mentally, is the best part of the job. “The connection with people is the best part of it for me, saying to them that they have challenges in their life, now they have challenges on their mat, let’s bring them together,” said Mark Nelson, a yoga instructor. –E.F.


Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: A | Benefit to society: A | Low stress: A

Source CNN Money

What is Yoga?

The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root, yuj, which means to yoke or unite body and spirit. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines.

Yoga is a beneficial practice that can be modified to suit all levels of fitness.

Yoga forces you to do the inevitable, and that is to look at yourself and sort your stuff out.

Om Shanti,

Giesel Arnold
Certified Yoga Instructor
Houston, Texas

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cauliflower and olives


  • 1 cauliflower, large
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced into rings
  • 1cup water
  • 12 lemon, juice of
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 can black olives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil


  1. Trim leaves from cauliflower & remove the core, then cut into medium, even-sized pieces.
  2. In a large skillet heat oil & saute cauliflower 1-2 minutes, then remove cauliflower.
  3. To the skillet add onion & cook to soften.
  4. Add water & lemon juice to skillet, then bring to boil.
  5. Return cauliflower to skillet & cook until tender.
  6. Remove cauliflower to serving dish, then add tomato paste to liquid in the skillet, boiling to reduce.
  7. Pit olives, then chop them roughly & add to the skillet.
  8. Pour heated sauce over cauliflower & sprinkle with chopped parsley to serve.