Belly dance & Yoga for Pregnancy


A Sacred Dance: Learning how to connect with mother earth and motherhood

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Organised Chaos Studio, Parmeshwar Bhavan, Next to Yamini Showroom, TBZ Lane, 14th Road, Khar Danda, Mumbai
Contact: 919987307162

Email: [email protected]


Belly dance, or forms of dance that employed the same movements as modern belly dance, existed as a dances of fertility since the dawn of human civilisation. The french who found the dance named it “dance du ventre”, or dance of the stomach.

In Egypt today, it is still the custom for the bride and groom to hire a belly dancer for their wedding, and to take a picture with their hands on the belly dancer’s stomach. This is an obvious reference to its relation with the ancient fertility cults.

Experts consider hip rolls and circles to be good for strengthening the pelvic and abdominal muscles, which are involved in childbirth, while relaxing them at the same time. Hip circles are not only used in Middle Eastern dance, but also in Hawaiian, Maori and other indigenous forms of dance. All these forms of dance, which use circular hip movements, have been linked to child birth rituals.

Benefits of belly dance during pregnancy

Some doctors encourage the practice of belly dance during pregnancy, which they think provides the following benefits :

Strengthening pelvic and deep abdominal muscles and all those muscles specifically used for giving birth, thus facilitating the process of delivering and of recovery
Relaxing the body
Improving self esteem
Promote good posture
Help maintain general fitness
Help maintain a god sense of balance
Relieve back ache
Promote socialisation, if performed in classes


Yoga is very beneficial during pregnancy as it not only helps you stay fit , but improves your energy level and allows you to become more in tune or intimate with your body. Yoga can help with the aches and pains of pregnancy and with mental issues such as moodiness. Yoga has 5 vital tools for pregnancy – Yoga exercises, Pranayama, Mudras, Meditation and Deep relaxation. When followed together, they work wonders on your health, and your capability to have a smooth pregnancy. But more importantly, yoga does wonders on the physical and mental development of the foetus.

How Pregnancy Yoga Exercises Can Help

Relieving edema (fluid retention) and cramping which can be quite common in last months.
Influencing the position of the baby and turning it in advance if needed. Strengthening and massaging the abdomen which help stimulate the bowel action and appetite.
Raising the level of energy while also helping in slowing the metabolism to restore calm and focus.
Helping to reduce nausea, morning sickness and mood swings in combination with pranayamas (yogic breathing).
Focus on relieving tension around the cervix and birth canal.
Focus on opening the pelvis to make labor easier and quicker.

Nitin is a dance promoter based at Dubai. He's been exploring different dance forms and helping people to connect with dance. He can be contacted at nitin [AT]

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