Pregnancy meditation! Why it’s amazing for you and your baby

Pregnancy is tough going on the mind and body. It’s thrilling, scary, enjoyable, challenging, intriguing and one of the most beautiful things that can ever occur in a woman’s life. And most days you are pregnant, you’ll experience this gamut of emotions all pre-lunch!

Most expectant mothers are extremely conscious of the link between their health and the health of their unborn child. But true health is about much more than just the food you nourish your body with. It’s about a holistic approach that incorporates body and mind. There is no time in your life in which you need to take the pressure off your circumstances and reduce stress more than when you are pregnant. No time in which you need high quality sleep, an increase in patience and clarity, compassion, kindness (mostly to yourself…ok and your partner) and the most high grade nervous system in town.

Meditation is your answer.

I deeply wish I had been practising meditation when I was pregnant, as I was in dire need of a quick solution that would give me immense benefits. It wasn’t until after my daughter was born that I came to learn Vedic Meditation, and it’s really never too late to learn. A 20 minute meditation is the equivalent to two to three hours body rest. It nourishes your mind and body and brings you back into sync with yourself. It satisfies the soul. It expands your consciousness and allows you to feel at one with everything, and in turn more in tune with your growing little one. Who wouldn’t want more of that?

Want to learn more about Vedic Meditation and how it can help you? Jacqui holds a free introductory talk each Monday evening at The Broad Place in Sydney’s Paddington.

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.