3 Yoga Asanas To Ease Out Pregnancy
Created by Canisha Kapoor Updated on Sep 14, 2020
Your doctor must have advised you to be active right from the onset of your pregnancy. Well, if you have been active during your first two trimesters, then chances are you will experience a comparatively easy labor and delivery. While walking is generally considered to be one of the best activities to indulge in during pregnancy, prenatal yoga not only keeps you fit during pregnancy but also strengthens your lower body and gets you ready to deliver a healthy baby. Read on to find out which asanas you can practice during pregnancy.
3 Yoga Asanas To Practice During PregnancyBefore you start any form of exercise or yoga during pregnancy, make sure you consult your gynecologist. Here are three basic yoga asanas that you may practice in the comfort of your home and prepare yourself and your body for an easy labor:
Namaskar posture:This is the basic yoga asana and is also the first asana of Suryanamaskar
- All you need to do is stand with your feet a little apart from each other – same as your shoulder to shoulder width
- Now fold your hands in the namaskar mudra and bring them close to your chest
- It’s time to inhale… take a deep breath, hold for few seconds and then exhale slowly. This is the prep up. Now take another deep breath stretch your arms and back backwards
- Hold to the count of 8 and come back slowly to the namaskar mudra (folded hands close to your chest) as you exhale slowly
- Repeat 10 times at a go – and do five rounds in a day
Note:If you feel a slight strain in your back, then avoid bending the back but sweep your arms above your head. This asana will help you in strengthening the back muscles and prepare your back and spine to adjust to the growing weight of the baby
Belly breathing:Another simple yoga asana that will help you during labor
- All you need to do is sit crossed legged on a floor cushion, keep your hands on your belly and take a deep breath, hold and then exhale
- Inhale to a count of 6, hold for 4 and exhale to the count of 8. Keep your facial muscles relaxed
- Repeat 5 times initially – and slowly go up to 20. You may do 5 rounds in a day or as many as you feel comfortable with
Note:This asana preps you for the ‘right breathing’ required during labor
Child’s pose:This asana will help you in relaxing all the muscles that you have used in the above two asanas
- So come onto your fours and then slowly bend forward with arms stretching in front of you
- Tuck your chin in towards your chest just like small child does and breathe in and out
- Then come back on to your fours
- Repeat this five times initially – and you can do 3 – 5 rounds daily
So my dear expecting mums, start practicing these asanas after consulting your gynecologist, and see the results for yourself – you will feel calmer and stronger from the inside. Happy Birthing!
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