A mini yoga guide for moms-to-be

Latham Thomas, author of Mama Glow
Latham Thomas
Latham Thomas shares the best prenatal yoga poses
Mama Glow by Latham Thomas
Mama Glow

For all the mommies-to-be out there, prenatal yoga guru Latham Thomas shares three yoga poses for expecting moms. Thomas, author of Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy, says these poses can be beneficial during pregnancy and beyond. “The name of the game is maintaining well-being and not pushing beyond your limits,” she says. “You don’t need much to get started, just a quiet space and a willingness to relax.”

Ready, set, GLOW with these tips from Thomas - take it away Latham:

Relax: Supported Bridge Pose

"The anatomical focus of this pose is the uterus. The Supported Bridge stretches the chest, neck and spine and allows you a gentle backbend with total support. Some of the benefits include stimulation of the abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid; improved digestion; and reduced anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache, and insomnia. This pose calms the mind and helps alleviate stress and mild depression. This is a great pose for postpartum moms as well." 

Strengthen: Goddess Squat

"Strength in birthing squats is key. One thing folks fail to mention about labor is that you need to be in shape for it, especially your legs. This series gets your legs ready for the final stretch—the pushing phase. Goddess squats are the bomb for pregnant moms, because it helps to get our hips ready to deliver." 

Rejuvenate: Leg Drain

This pose (also known as legs-up-the-wall pose) "combines the benefits of Corpse Pose with the gifts of a gentle inversion to promote rest. It helps drain any blood or lymph that has pooled in your legs, ankles, and feet, and gently lengthens the hamstrings. The floor provides a valuable feedback loop, allowing the spine to lengthen and stretch with maximum support. The sacrum is flattened to complete a graceful full-spinal extension, while the lungs are freed to empty and fill with ease—which is especially important when you are further along in pregnancy. Folded blankets may be used beneath the sacrum or under the length of the spine to provide support and enhance a deeper union with the breath. Hang out in this posture for 20 minutes; it's equivalent to taking a two-hour nap." 

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