Pregnancy Yoga

Information, posts and articles about Pregnancy Yoga and Prenatal Yoga

The Power of the Squat

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.

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Modified Downward Facing Dog

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.

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The number one Prenatal Yoga pose for Sciatica

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.

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School Holiday Timetable Changes

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

Jen
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Yoga For Two
Pregnancy Yoga  – Brisbane – Ipswich

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What are the Benefits of practicing Yoga?

Prenatal Benefits

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;

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