For most women, being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to give up your yoga practice. If you don’t have a current practice, prenatal yoga is one of the few activities you may safely and easily take up for the first time while you’re pregnant.
A regular yoga practice can be a wonderful path to a more comfortable pregnancy and provide tools to prepare mentally and physically for labor and delivery. A good prenatal class will also open the door to meet other women with whom to share this miraculous—and sometimes scary—experience, as your body and emotions are changing, at times by the minute!
Practice listening to what your body needs, patiently, with reverence. Do only what feels good in the moment. Squatting is a great hip opener, and in the third trimester encourages the baby to move lower and into the proper position. Child’s pose and cat-cow help relieve low back discomfort.
Review with your doctor any exercise program during pregnancy.
Jayne Mills, RYT200, trained in ashtanga style, teaches weekly prenatal and yin yoga classes as well as other vinyasa style classes at Red Pearl Yoga.
Location: 18 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954.828.1651.