Did you get PP after practicing pregnancy yoga?
Is there any research indicating that yoga can cause psychosis?
I practiced a lot of yoga throughout my pregnancy, and then suffered PP after birth in 2014.
When training as a yoga teacher, I heard anecdotes of the ‘kundalini awakening’. It sounds like there are many similarities between this experience and psychosis: feelings of grandeur, believing that they are godlike, that they may have an important mission or message to relay. Euphoria, and periods of intense depression. Experiences of alternate realities and altered states of consciousness, an impossible feeling of connection with the world and other people.
In PP, I remember the enlightenment and connection. I also remember my episode began with believing that I was very special or different from others; immortal, divine, omnipotent, omniscient, full of love and forgiveness.
I really loved yoga, but stayed away since my episode. As I’m 14 weeks pregnant, I’d like to attend another pregnancy class to get fit, relax and meet other expectant mothers. Many people suggest that yoga is good for mental health, so maybe it’s safe for me and I’ve nothing to fear. Or maybe it’s not safe, and practicing it could cause psychosis?