Yoga today has the reputation of most people that it is a form of exercise. This is because, in the earliest days of its migration into the west, it was promoted as part of the “body beautiful” and “fitness craze.” Also, the bodily postures and contortions of skinny little Indians were seen as the most photogenic and outrageous aspects of yoga.
There is no reason that expectant mothers may not continue to practice Yoga right up to the time of birth, and in fact, it is most advised that regular practice of all aspects of Integral Yoga should be employed for the well being of mother and baby. There has been a long-standing belief amongst many doctors, mothers, and even some yoga teachers, that Yoga should not be performed during pregnancy. This attitude comes more from ignorance of Yoga than from a proper understanding of it.
Meditation is becoming more and more popular these days amongst all different types of people. Not so many years ago it was considered something too “far out” as to be relevant for modern people in everyday western life.
Many people these days are looking for methods of natural health cures and health maintenance. The Asian and eastern methods of healing are becoming more and more popular. There is a growing commitment to “healing thyself” without need or dependency on other persons or medicines.