Pose - #2
Since everyone raves about the benefits of yoga,,
LAPregnancy has decided to periodically post beneficial yoga poses
that "Bellies" can do which will include the following poses:
specific for different trimesters, specific for pregnancy related
ailments, postnatal, breathing, fertility, and also general poses.
So visit us often!!
DOWNWARD FACING DOG/
ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA
Come on to all fours
in a neutral table top position. Bring your hands one hand-length
in front of your shoulders spreading your fingers wide.
With your knees
directly underneath your hips, curl your toes under, and on an
inhale, lift knees then hips off the ground coming into the pose.
Tips while in the pose:
Bring your feet as wide as your mat
(while the classical pose has the feet closer together it is a good
idea to give you and your belly some extra space).
Place weight on the space between the
thumb and first finger (as if rolling in slightly). Stretch up from
the inner wrists to the inner elbows to the inner arm pits, and
imagine your upper arms rotating outwards away from the body
(allowing the upper back to broaden).
Lift your torso up off your arms,
then lift your sit bones high towards the ceiling.
Maintaining height in your sit bones,
start to draw your torso towards your thighs, and in turn draw your
thighs back away from your torso.
Stretch your calf muscles and heels
down towards the floor.
Downward Facing Dog
is great to do throughout pregnancy, keeping the body supple and
strong (by way of stretching the arms, legs and spine) yet at the
same time having a restful effect on the body (as the pelvis is
higher than the heart in an inversion, so the heart does not have to
work so hard pumping blood to the rest of the body).
A word of CAUTION: as with any form of exercise, it is best to
first consult with a doctor, especially if you have knee or back
This Yoga information
has been provided by Claire Turner, a yoga teacher who teaches at
Wondernation (6pm Mondays) & Planet Yoga (7:30pm Mondays) and is
available for private yoga sessions at your house (on L.A.'s westside) or at the beach in Marina del Rey.
Call or email Claire for a free consultation and mention
LAPregnancy to receive a discounted rate. 310-439-1649/Cell:
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"Downward Facing Dog"