Hi To All The Mothers-To-Be,
Today, in collaboration with my yoga teacher Marisa Wolfe, I would like to share with you some thoughts on yoga for pregnancy, as well as three specific yoga poses that have been modified to suit your practice during pregnancy.
Yoga can be a really wonderful form of exercise during pregnancy, as well as pre- and post-pregnancy. It has many benefits for both physical and emotional health. Some of the more general benefits of yoga include strength, flexibility, endurance, and relaxation, and it is a particularly useful form of exercise when pregnant as it is low-impact.
The main modifications when practicing yoga (for use in a healthy pregnancy) –
1) Keep your belly-button pointing in the same direction as your hips in twists.
2) Always make room for your expanding belly (i.e. wide-legged child’s pose).
3) Some women prefer not to (or should not, if the Doctor advises) do inversions.
4) There is often a point in the pregnancy when lying on the back or even doing things like a gentle bridge pose will cause nerve pain, so doing poses like camel become a good alternative.
Pregnancy Variations for Three Yoga Postures
Thanks so much to my yoga teacher Marisa for her help with putting together this post; her expert advice, providing the images for each yoga pose, and taking me through my own pregnancy.
Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x
For more from Marisa, head to: All Yoga All The Time
Note: All postures and information on the blog have been discussed in consultation with my yoga teacher, Marisa Wolfe. Please always see a professional teacher, as well as a doctor or physical therapist, to come up with the right exercise plan to suit your individual needs.