Riverflow Yoga, Lambertville NJ
There’s no better time to learn to relax and take care of yourself than pregnancy, and no better way to do so than with the practice of yoga.
Unlike other “exercises” which are may be contraindicated during pregnancy, yoga can be an easy, relaxing practice that you can begin during pregnancy, with your caregiver’s approval.
If you already have a yoga practice, often you can ask your yoga teacher to modify the yoga poses you are already familiar with, so these pose variations can best support your changing body.
If you are pregnant and new to yoga, you can consider starting with Restorative Yoga, a gentle yoga routine, or you can choose from the many special Prenatal Yoga courses available perhaps at your local yoga studio.
Some wonderful yoga poses for pregnancy include:
- Child’s Pose, a very relaxing forward bend, which can be done by kneeling on your heels. separating the knees and placing your growing belly on the floor between the knees, forehead to the floor, arms limp at your sides, palms turned up.
- Bridge Pose, in which you are lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, raising the hips and belly gently, with the support of your hands under the hips.
- Savasana, Corpse Pose the pose of total relaxation, is often done lying on the belly or the back; during pregnancy this pose can feel better lying on your side with your knees drawn up, resting your face on your hands placed in prayer position under your cheek.
Other yoga poses such as Butterfly should be done with the help and under the guidance of a yoga teacher, to strengthen and stretch the hip and groin muscles and ligaments in preparation for childbirth.
I am Rhonda Uretzky, ERYT (Experienced Yoga Teacher of the Yoga Alliance) and I have firsthand experience with yoga during pregnancy. As a yoga teacher and yoga student for the past 40 years, I have practiced yoga during both of my pregnancies; in fact, my daughter was “born doing yoga,” and by the age of 5 she was practicing fun yoga with me (today at age 25, she is a yoga teacher). I currently own a hot yoga studio in Lambertville NJ, Riverflow Yoga, and we offer YogaBirth! Prenatal yoga and childbirth education taught by our yoga teacher/ midwife. You can CLICK HERE for my FREE ebook, Yoga for Beginners, and find more information at My Yoga Secret website.