5 Best Yoga Poses for a Happy Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a beautiful invitation to become aware of your internal processes, both mentally and physically. Yoga is important, for your physical and mental health and that of your baby. If you manage to spare 30 minutes a day and approx. 3 hours a week, you will experience a happy pregnancy and deliver much easier and also it will help you get back in shape quickly and without any fuss.
Pregnancy Yoga allows you to be physically slower, become more mindful, and trust the natural intelligence of your body. It is a great activity for pregnant women that will help deal with the discomforts such as knee pain, sore feet, back pain, and fatigue. It doesn’t help you physically, but it can also help you relax and quiet down the anxiety you might be feeling at that time.
Prenatal yoga has gained a lot of importance these days because it helps you experience a normal delivery. If you have never done yoga before, now it’s a great time to start! Your body and your baby will thank you later.
Important Point to Consider*
If you have a risk for pregnancy, always be sure to work with an experienced yoga teacher. To be on the safer side, it’s always better to consult a doctor and get his/her approval.
5 Gentle Yoga Postures for a Happy Pregnancy
- Yoga Squat (Malasana)
Malasana is a hip-opening squat that you can practice during your pregnancy. It releases tension throughout the hips, lower back, and ankles. It is one of the best poses to practice if you are experiencing stiffness in your hips. In addition, it also expands your pelvis area that in turn makes the process of childbirth easier.
2. Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
This easy seat pose is the most comfortable yoga posture that you can perform to experience a happy journey. It is a seated position in which you can easily meditate. Just tuck in your left leg in the right thigh and your right leg in your left thigh, keep your spine straight, hands on your knees, and palms facing the sky.
3. Bound Angle Pose ( Supta Baddha Konasana)
It helps to open your chest muscles that are known to collapse in pregnancy due to the extra pounds that you’ve gained. This pose promotes a feeling of aliveness in your body. In addition, it is a great hip-opener that expands your pelvis area that in turn provides great ease during the time of delivery. Try it in the afternoon, before dinner, or before going to the bed. Hopefully, you’ll feel calm and relaxed!
4. Seated Wide Angle Pose (Upavista Konasana i.e. Concave Back)
Upavista Konasana cultivates flexibility in the groin area and inner thighs, as well as strengthens your spine, lower back, and pelvic muscles. It stimulates blood circulation throughout the body and tones up your kidneys. Practice this pose as long as you feel comfortable and slowly relax your mind and body. However, don’t forget to ask your gynae before practicing this pose.
5. Cat and Cow Pose (Marjariasana and Bitilasana)
Pain in the lower back or groin area is, unfortunately, a common problem during the time of pregnancy. In this case, Marjariasana or Bitilasana is the best combination of postures that relieves the pain. Remember to breathe evenly while performing this pose. You can also keep a soft cushion or blanket underneath your knees for extra comfort.
Your body is working extremely hard to build a healthy environment for your baby. Yoga is a chance to add energy to your body without demanding more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to feel great about yourself and the growing life inside your body. Join prenatal yoga class, explore your beautiful body, and build a deep connection with your baby. Happy Pregnancy!