Yoga is a healthy way to exercise even if you’re not pregnant, but for expecting mothers, it’s particularly beneficial. Use these 10 poses to relieve back pain during pregnancy, as well as improve your flexibility and balance as your belly grows.
Position your feet about three feet apart, toes facing outward. Bend both knees to enter a squat position. Raise your hands above your head, palms facing inward. Hold and breathe deeply for several seconds.
Sumo Squat Pose
From the Goddess position, lean to the right and place your right elbow a few inches above your knee. Extend your left arm up above your head for a nice side stretch. Hold for several breaths, then release back to center and repeat on the other side.
Wide-Legged Forward Bend
From the Sumo Squat Pose, straighten your knees back to a standing position and point your toes forward. Scoot your feet out so they’re a little further apart. Slowly bend at the hips, stabilizing yourself with your hands on the floor. Then, cross your arms above your head. It’s okay if your elbows don’t touch the floor; just let your torso hang. Shift your weight onto your toes and hold for five deep breaths.
Stand up from the Wide-Legged Forward Bend. With your legs still far apart, reach your left hand down and grab your left ankle. Extend your right arm up to the ceiling, and turn your head to look at your right hand. Hold for several breaths, then release back to center and repeat on the other side.
Stand with your feet about hip-width apart or slightly wider. Lower into a deep squat. Press your hands together and hold your elbows against your knees to keep them at a wide angle. Straighten your back and hold this squat position for five breaths.
Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart above 12 inches away from your bottom. Place your hands on the floor behind you, fingers facing away from you. Take a deep breath and lift your hips up until your body is parallel to the floor. Look toward the ceiling, keeping your neck aligned with your spine, and hold for five breaths before lowering back down.
Sit on the ground, bend your knees, and press the soles of your feet together. Pull your heels in as tightly to your body as you can, keeping your knees close to the floor. If your belly isn’t too big, lean forward to deepen the stretch.
Sitting Side Stretch
From the Butterfly position, extend your right leg outward, keeping the left leg tucked in. Reach toward your foot with your right arm and extend your left arm above your head. Hold for several seconds while taking deep breaths. Release and repeat on the other side.
From the Sitting Side Stretch, extend both legs out and keep your feet flexed. Press your pelvis and the backs of your thighs into the floor to help straighten your spine. If you have the flexibility, walk your hands out and lean forward to deepen the stretch.
Start on your hands and knees. Lean back onto your ankles and extend your arms in front of you, palms flat on the floor. Place your forehead on the floor and focus on breathing deeply while relaxing your facial muscles. Hold the pose for several deep breaths, and your workout is done!
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