Extended Arm Balasana for Pregnancy
With so many changes going on physically and emotionally, the temptation to shut down can be strong. However, pregnancy is the most important time for a woman to be open with her emotions, and especially with her body. Don't you agree?
If you follow the Yogic tradition around the Chakras the yogic belief is that emotions are held in the hips which suggests hip tension may be partially a result of repressed feelings. Releasing emotions can help diminish stress, which affects many women during pregnancy. Stress reduction is so beneficial for both mother and unborn child, and yoga—particularly hip openers—can prove beneficial.
Whether or not you are is holding emotions in her hips, hip openers can provide a lot of relief during pregnancy. As the body prepares for birth, opening up the body is essential, particularly the hips and pelvic region. Various yoga hip openers are safe to practice during pregnancy, but go slow and avoid any positions that cause discomfort.
As per above we are not only opening up in the hips but we are also releiving tight neck and shoulder muscles as we draw nice and long through the arms. Rolling and rocking back and forth is an amazing back extention, hip opener and shoulder opener.... But please always be mindful of how far your come.
- Calms the mind and body
- Releases tension in the whole back, shoulders and chest
- Recommended if you have dizziness or fatigue
- Helps alleviate stress and anxiety
- Lengthens and stretches the spine to keep it flexible
- Relieves neck and lower back pain when performed with the head and torso supported
- It gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
- It stretches muscles, tendons and ligaments in the knee
It is important to listen to your body in this variation, as you are rolling backward you are activating your core muscles. So be very mindful as to what and how you are doing this. I would suggest only doing your asans with a qaulified prenatal yoga teacher first.
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