Pregnancy Yoga – 31 weeks

A new series of pregnancy pics.

Ok. For the rest of the weeks leading up to birth, I’m going to post some pics of asanas that are still part of my practice. Not all of them will showcase my belly, but I like that they will give an idea as to what is possible and comfortable if you continue to practice daily throughout your pregnancy.

Not for everyone.

A lot of the poses I’ll be showing are for advanced practitioners, to be practiced only if you have a keen awareness of your body (and your baby’s) and a practice that is sensitive and adaptive to whatever energy, limitations or changes you have at every moment while you practice.

I don’t recommend these asanas for every pregnant woman. And I would say they should only be done keeping the essence of asanas in mind “sthira, sukham asanam” – a pose which is steady and easy/comfortable. If you are huffing and puffing and mind is racing, in any pose, pregnant or not – you’re not practicing asanas and you won’t get the benefit. In fact, you are more likely to do harm.

Things I have learned so far:

During the first three months, I was feeling nauseated 24/7. Anuloma Viloma pranayama really helped to ease it, but I was naturally quite tired. I was also quite fearful, since it’s my first baby, so I wanted to be very cautious not to overdo by practicing too much or practicing “counter-indicated” poses. As a result, my  practice was scaled back quite dramatically. This just led to stiffness in the body, too much Tamas (sluggishness) and a general feeling of unwellness.

Next time, I would make an effort to do at least a shortened version of my regular practice on days when I feel tired. On the days which I did make an effort to practice, I felt quite a bit better during and afterward.

The real problem was, I was too much in my brain – following what someone else said to do or not do, instead of keeping up with my regular practice in which I listen to my body and intuition to tell me what to do or not do. Once I was back to my usual way of doing, there was a renewed sense of freedom and confidence in my practice. And the body responded by starting to feel much, much better again.

All is well with baby, too. He seems quite comfortable and at ease during my practice. And we are both calm throughout. I really feel our connection whenever we are practicing.

Ok. Here are this week’s pics…

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5 Comments on “Pregnancy Yoga – 31 weeks”

  1. April 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Absolutely stunning. Women should do what their bodies tell them to do. Our (pregnant and otherwise!) bodies communicate well and we are right to listen fully.
    You always have, and continue to, inspire and amaze. Thank you.

  2. Peggy
    April 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Wow! BTW, does Rahul know you said “next time”? 😉

    • April 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

      Thanks Peggy. Haha. It’s only meant as a potential next time 🙂 Let’s face it though … Rahul is gonna love being a Dad.

      • Peggy
        April 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

        haha…it’s not about Rahul being a great dad…it’s about his concern for you…I think he’s been traumatised by the rocky 1st trimester 😉

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