I have been teaching prenatal yoga classes for a number of years now, and over this time have come to admire the almighty squat. Back in the day, we used to teach our mums that 100 pelvic floor lifts a day would help prepare them for the birth of their babies. Much has now been learnt about this topic.
A kegel, or pelvic floor lift, attempts to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle, but it really only seems to pull the sacrum inwards promoting even more weakness and more pelvic floor gripping. The muscles that balance out the anterior pull on the sacrum are called the gluteal muscles (glutes). A lack of glutes (no butt) is what makes this group of muscles so much more susceptible to pelvic floor disorder (PFD). Also, no lumbar curvature (curve at the small of the back) is the most telling sign that the pelvic floor is beginning to weaken.
To My Sweet Baby
I trust your wisdom; I have faith that you know better than any of us earthside.
I know the veil is so thin for you that you are connected to the truth.
I will not interfere with that pureness.
I will only have patience trust and faith.
I know the discomfort I am feeling is only physical. I know it will not last. I know that it will vanish the moment you are in my arms.
I will only feel the ecstasy of birthing you and giving you life.
Is downward facing dog one of those poses you really don’t feel comfortable with?
You can modify this pose using a chair.
Start by standing an arms distance from the chair keeping both feet solid to the ground.
Take a slow inhale, and exhale gentle through soft lips.
Bring the hands to the back of the chair and walk the feet out behind you.
Gently move the hips back, and soften the pose with a few small circles of the hips.
Be sure that your lower back isn’t rounding and that your shoulders remain away from your ears.
As your baby gets larger and applies more pressure to your spinal cord, the sciatic nerve, which runs all the way down the back of the leg to your foot, can become compressed, and may start giving you a degree of discomfort.
Sciatic pain takes many forms ranging from tingling sensations in your legs, to a sharp, stabbing pain. When severe, it can also cause the leg to go numb when standing or walking.
There has always been much debate about ‘what is the best position’ to receive a pregnancy massage. There are mums that love lying face down and other mums that say ‘it just doesn’t feel right’. Looking back through history, mums have always had their bellies oiled, decorated and worshiped.
From the literature, these mums received their massage either lying on their side or sitting upright, supported behind their backs with cushions or pillows. Pregnancy massage tables, and pillows with cut outs etc are a recent addition within the massage modality and can further strain posterior structures and the already hard working uterine ligaments.
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Yoga For Two
Pregnancy Yoga – Brisbane – Ipswich
Yoga For Two – Pregnancy Yoga has no classes over the School Holidays.
The last Pregnancy Yoga Class at Ipswich will be Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Classes return to normal timetable from Wednesday 23rd April 2014
Yoga For Two
Pregnancy Yoga – Brisbane – Ipswich
During pregnancy your expanding uterus stretches and weakens your abdominal muscles and alters your posture, putting strain on your back.
The extra weight from your pregnancy also means extra work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints.
Hormonal changes in pregnancy can loosen the joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine which can make you feel less stable (pregnancy waddle) and cause pain when you walk, stand or sit for long periods. This hormone, called relaxin, allows your baby to pass through the pelvis.
The word yoga derives from the Sanskrit yuj, which means ‘to join’, ‘yoke’ or ‘coming together’. The practice of yoga is a union of the soul, the mind, the emotions and the physical body. So taking a prenatal yoga class is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby when you are pregnant. When yoga is practiced regularly, we develop an understanding of our own nature, our physical bodies become more subtle and strong and balance can be established in all parts of our being.
Taking a regular prenatal yoga class will help alleviate some common pregnancy discomforts including;
Last night at ‘Yoga For Two’ we got talking about gift ideas for mums..something a little different or unusual..
So, what is a baby shower? A baby shower is a gathering of friends to celebrate a new life, where guests give presents to a mum-to-be..The whole event should be great fun and completely stress free for the mum- while someone else does all the organizing and hard work. Friends, family and/or work colleagues are the usual organizers.
“If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”…..
While massaging a pregnant mum the other day it struck me how lucky I was to have such a beautiful job. To place my hands on a mothers belly while she is carrying a child is truly a sacred act…
So why have a massage when you are pregnant?…of course first and foremost… it feels great (and unlike most things that are pleasurable, its moral, its not fattening, and its perfectly legal!)