Mindful Movement - An Antenatal Practice
Although this mindful movement practice is designed to accompany Nancy Bardacke’s Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting programme, it’s freely available to anyone. Mindful movement practice is an invitation to pay attention to gentle movement and stillness. As with other meditation practices, if and when we get distracted – it happens to us all – we take note of the mental event of the moment and with friendliness return our attention to movement or stillness. The beauty of movement is that it’s a great antidote to stress: our ‘stress response’ is a metabolic preparation for movement so one of the best things we can do when we’re feeling stressed is to move. When you combine movement with mindfulness, you are uniting two powerful self-regulation and compassion practices.
All of the movements in this video are derived from classical yoga and have the benefit of helping you to connect with your body and your baby, helping to ease common pregnancy aches and pains and helping you to prepare for labour. Partners, this practice is for you too! You'll want to wear comfortable clothes and take your socks off to ensure you don’t slip. You won't need a mat but you will need a chair and a towel to protect your knees, as well as some cushions to support relaxation. I offer modifications where necessary, though please check with your midwife or GP if you have any concerns about the suitability of the practice.
I’d really like to know what you think of this meditation - the good and the bad. I’d also like to know if you’re interested in more practices of this sort. Please leave your comments on YouTube, call me on 07780 991834 or use my contact form to get in touch.