Kate Middleton turns to prenatal yoga

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 12:13 hrs

London/Nevada, Mar 16 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group has commended Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 31, for reportedly turning to yoga to stay healthy, fit and in shape during pregnancy.

A yoga instructor visits Kate several times a week at the Kensington Palace to give her private lessons in prenatal yoga, who is expecting her first child in July, reports suggest.

Welcoming Kate's yoga usage, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Saturday, said that yoga was a mental and physical discipline by means of which the human-soul (jivatman) united with universal-soul (parmatman). Zed suggested Kate to explore the spiritual dimension of yoga also besides its physical benefits.

Zed suggested Kate to visit a nearby Hindu temple also for the blessings.

It is claimed that prenatal yoga keeps limbs toned, improves balance and circulation, helps learning to breathe deeply and relax, and is beneficial during labor and birth.

Prenatal yoga is also quoted as "one of the best forms of exercise during pregnancy" and prepares for the birth "by focusing on relaxation and breathing techniques".

According to National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress.

According to an estimate, about 16 million Americans now practice yoga, including celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Dennis Quaid, Sting, Bon Jovi, Heather Graham, Christy Turlington, etc.

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