There’s no doubt about it - moms and moms-to-be are the ultimate multitasking superheroes. They do it all! Balance is key to keeping it all together for the long haul. Yoga balls (also called balance balls or exercise balls) are amazing tools for cultivating balance in more ways than one. Read on to learn more and check out Global Groove Life’s beautiful array of yoga ball covers here.
Preparing for Birth
Yoga ball exercises support mothers-to-be along their journey towards giving birth. There are countless exercises to strengthen the core. Having strong core muscles leads to better posture and less back pain. Balance exercises also increase hip flexibility - and there’s no time when your hips will need to be more flexible than when giving birth! Yoga balls have even been used for hip opening as a way to naturally induce labor.
Making time for a daily workout practice gives pregnant women more opportunity to bond with their babies. This is also a great way to get to know and build confidence in your body before the big day.
Postpartum Strength and Toning
Once you’re ready to begin working out again after giving birth - or when you’re feeling inspired to be more active - incorporating yoga ball exercises into your movement practice adds variety. Keeping things fresh and fun is key to maintaining both your enthusiasm and commitment.
Yoga ball exercises can be scaled up or down to make them easier or more challenging depending on your fitness and energy levels. Use yours to gently tone or to vigorously build muscle and reshape your body.
Beyond Physical Balance
As massage therapists say, “the issues are in the tissues.” The bouncing and shaking motions that happen when using a yoga ball allow energy to move through and out of you. It gently shakes emotions loose from where they may be stored in your body so they can be released from your body.
Maintaining focus during balance sessions also quiets the monkey mind. Who wouldn’t benefit from that?
Fun for Everyone
Kids of all ages can receive benefits from doing yoga ball exercises just like their parents do. Infants and toddlers can continue to bond with their parents in a different way when they’re included in the balancing fun. Hold your baby close to you while bobbing on your yoga ball or exercising to build a closer bond with her or him. Your little one will feel soothed by the rocking motion and you’ll probably enjoy the experience, too.
Children love to use balance balls! Just be sure to use the appropriate size ball for your child - smaller people need smaller balls. You can introduce new games for them to play with the ball - creating a win-win situation with fun for them and a little bit of free time for you while they’re occupied with a new activity.
Wrapping it up
Yoga balls are great for physical, mental, and emotional fitness but sometimes they’re uncomfortable to use. Global Groove Life creates designer ball covers in an assortment of colors and patterns, bringing more comfort and style into your home. That’s something that all mothers deserve. Check out our different styles here.
About the Author:
Amara Evans is a vibrational healer, collective consciousness-raiser, and devotee of the Goddess. She loves to connect with her global community through writing about important topics like the environment, spirituality, and fair trade.