The benefits and practise of prenatal and postnatal yoga, as well as how many moms truly choose yoga as a lifestyle in the long run, were revealed in a Prenatal Yoga Survey on the occasion of the approaching International Day of Yoga.

Mylo, a full-stack D2C platform for expectant and new mothers, has released the findings of a survey of 6,000 expecting and new mothers.

Ninety-one percent of expectant mothers believe that exercise is good both during pregnancy and after childbirth, and 85 percent believe that yoga is beneficial both during and after childbirth. Only 7% of the women really did prenatal or postnatal yoga, contrary to popular belief.

The main impediments to practising yoga, according to moms, are a lack of time (50%) followed by a lack of awareness of pregnancy yoga asanas (30%) and a fear that prenatal yoga would harm the baby (26%). Only 45% of new women did yoga after their kids were delivered, despite 92% of pregnant moms confirming that they would continue to practise yoga after childbirth.

Among the pregnant mothers who practised yoga, 61% said they would continue to do so after childbirth because they realise the importance of staying physically healthy.

Sixteen percent feel it will help them recover faster after giving birth, while nine percent believe it will help them de-stress.

After childbirth, yoga is highly beneficial. Seventy-six percent of new moms said it made them feel more energised to go about their daily household responsibilities, while 83 percent said it made them more flexible. Eighty-two percent said it helped them sleep better, which is something new moms rarely receive.

While most pregnant and new mothers are aware of prenatal and postnatal yoga, most do not practise it, according to the report. Women's health is not a top priority for them. They are completely unaware that neglecting themselves will have an influence on their ability to work and be accessible for their children.

It is not selfish to put one's health first; rather, it is the cornerstone of a happy and healthy existence.

Varsha Juvekar, QCI Certified Yoga Trainer, specializing in Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga; Prenatal Yoga Trainer-Mylo Clinic said: "Every pregnancy is unique, and so understanding your body's specific needs will help mothers have healthier pregnancies and babies. Prenatal Yoga is an essential exercise that helps you achieve that. Using free live video sessions in Mylo, we educate women about the physical and mental health benefits of prenatal and postnatal yoga."

"This survey clearly indicated that awareness is not translating into action for most of the expecting and new mothers," says Shaveta Gupta, Head-Content & Community, Mylo.

While the initial step has been taken to promote awareness (of prenatal and postnatal yoga) beyond metropolitans and tier 1 cities, much more has to be done to facilitate simple access to resources, trainers, and specialists, such as what we are now attempting to give at Mylo Clinic.

Mylo reminds moms that taking care of themselves is not a luxury on this International Day of Yoga. It is critical to raise your family's happiness, health, and well-being.