Yoga For Pregnancy › Sally Parkes
Yoga Programme for Pregnancy
Yoga can help during pregnancy, a time when the body is undergoing so many changes.
Yoga during pregnancy has been shown to:
- Boost energy levels
- Cultivate breathing techniques
- Empower women to have a conscious birthing experience
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Strengthen birthing muscles
- Promote relaxation and restful sleep
- Keep the body supple
- Relieve lower back pain
- Relieve swollen joints, heartburn and constipation
- Promote a healthy birth
When pregnant, please do not practice any yoga which is not recommended within this pregnancy section. Be especially careful during pregnancy to consult your doctor before undergoing any exercise routine.
Yoga during the First Trimester
This is a crucial and delicate time so please be especially careful. Please note that many d... Show more
All Trimesters: Shoulders & Spine
A wonderful, gentle pregnancy yoga class suitable for all trimesters which is designed to stretch out the shoulders and lower back. Expect a selection of simple poses which will help to open up the chest, shoulders and the back of the body. This is a short sequence you can do anytime when you feel you need to stretch out and release these areas of the body. You will need a wall and a chair.
Pelvic Girdle Pain
Optimal Foetal Positioning
This class is aimed for mums-to-be 6 weeks or so before birth to try to encourage your baby into the right position for birth. The term is optimal foetal positioning. There are positions we can do to try to encourage the best positioning for baby for the most healthy and ease-ful labour. You will need a cushion or a block and a chair or ideally, a fitness ball.
Trimesters 2 & 3: Goddess Flow
Here’s the perfect practice to re-energise at the beginning or end of day. Sally leads an up-beat session to open the hips, shoulders and spine with some deep lunges and goddess pose variations. Perfect to re-set the mind and ease the hips particularly where there is sacro-iliac pain.
All trimesters: Hip Openers
This is a fabulous sequence for any time during pregnancy ”“a flowing freeing practice that loosens the shoulders, spine and hips. Using a chair for stability Sally moves us through side flexes to make space for baby with lunges and sitting hip openers to release the hips and lower back. Sally’s classes are perfect for new students who’ve started yoga during pregnancy and those of you who want tips to modify your current practice. Props: Chair
Trimester 1: Gentle flow