Prenatal yoga for labor and delivery
Prepare the body and mind for labor and delivery with prenatal ½ Sun Salutations.
This variation of ½ Sun Salutations is a great way to practice prenatal yoga for labor and delivery. It includes a Yogic Squat Modification to help tone and strengthen the thighs, while opening the hips. Moms get the same benefit of a full body stretch and movement in the joints, with the additional benefits of a deep hip stretch and toning. This sequence can also be practiced as a warm-up or transition between standing poses.
While practicing this flow, you stimulate circulation and establish a rhythmic, meditative breath that can set the tone for your practice, similar to ½ Sun Salutations. It’s perfect to get the body ready for the day or to surrender remaining tension before bed. And practicing this version is especially useful in the third trimester, as baby’s arrival day gets closer. You may even want to challenge yourself and add in the full expression of Yogic Squat or hold the squat modification for additional deep breaths. By doing so, not only will you better prepare the body for labor and delivery, but you will also prepare and calm the mind. Breathing with intense sensation during pregnancy is a useful practice for those that are planning an un-medicated birth.
MY BOOK: YOGA FOR A PEACEFUL PREGNANCY
This sequence is from my book, Yoga For A Peaceful Pregnancy. It’s a comprehensive guide to prenatal yoga for each trimester.
The yoga we learn and practice during pregnancy gives us clarity, presence and strength to find joy on this journey—especially when we are most challenged and uncomfortable.