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Care of the Unborn Child with Yoga: A Handbook of Theory, Practice and Application of Yoga

Shamantakamani Narendran (Author)

The book provides useful guidelines for pregnant women who wish to have an easy delivery by practicing yoga.  Here is a complete description of asanas, regulated breathing (Pranayama) and relaxation and meditation techniques profusely illustrated, which they can do throughout pregnancy from conception to delivery.  It also gives information about the physiological and hormonal changes that take place in the mother.  There are some interesting Puranic stories also, proving the benefits of good environment of the unborn.  It contains conclusion of scientific research study on "Efficacy of Integrated Approach of Yoga on Outcome of Pregnancy."  This has proved beyond doubt the benefits and safety of yoga in pregnancy minimizing complications like Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), Preterm labour (PTL), Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), etc. and also cesarean sections.  The key message here is that yoga can be practised safely by pregnant women.  She had to face lot of opposition from obstetricians and practising doctors who were apprehensive about learning yoga practices during pregnancy.  The technique and practice of yoga in pregnancy had not been explored from the scientific and medical point of view.  The aim of asanas is to train the mind and body for spiritual perfection and not as mere physical exercises.  The book teaches simple asanas giving more emphasis on pranayama and relaxation techniques.

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About the author

Shamantakamani Narendran

Dr Shamanthakamani Narendran is one of the eminent pediatricians of Bangalore. She broadcasts regular programmes on All India Radio and Dooradarshan.  She recently got her Master's Degree in Kannada and also in Philosophy, through correspondence course. She is now doing her Ph D in yoga and allied sciences from VYASA affiliated to Bangalore University. She has traveled widely: she takes active part in rural health projects and other community services. She is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow. She has published two books on childcare (in Kannada Language).  She is a recipient of several awards. He served as president of Bangalore Pediatric Society, Association of Women Doctors of Karanataka, and Kannada Vaidya Sahithya Parishat. She is at present doing extensive research study on efficacy of "Yoga in Pregnant Women".

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Bibliographic information

Title Care of the Unborn Child with Yoga: A Handbook of Theory, Practice and Application of Yoga
Format Softcover
Date published: 29.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8180616746, 9788180616747
length xiv+170p., Tables; Plates; Figures; Appendix; Index; 25cm.