5 Yoga Asanas for To-Be Mamas Are you ready to relax-ana?
Be calm, peaceful, relaxed and stress-free… from bump to baby.
Yoga is a mental and physical well-being practice that uses postures and breathing exercises to recharge your mind, body and soul.
We’ve outlined 5 poses or asanas that can be performed during your pregnancy to stay active, fit and healthy.
Use your time productively and positively.
We can’t wait to see that wonderful motherhood glow on you. <3
Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)
Flutter away to better health and well-being. The butterfly pose, also known as Baddha Konasana, in Sanskrit, is a hip-opening stretch that takes on the shape of a butterfly. This seated position tops Greendigo’s list of recommended prenatal yoga asanas, as it works wonders to open up the hips, pelvis, and groin area. From improving blood circulation in the legs and feet, to easing back pain, and alleviating anxiety, this one was made for you – soon-to-be mama.
Goddess Pose (Utkata konasana)
Let your inner goddess shine with the Victory Goddess Pose, or Fierce Angel Pose, aka Utkata konasana. This simple yet effective posture helps prepare the body for childbirth by creating more room in the pelvic region. By mastering this position, you are working towards strengthening your lower body. In particular, you’re supporting your inner thighs and building up your core stabilisers.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Stay grounded and centred with Vrksasana, the Sanskrit name for Tree Pose. What we love about this bump-friendly asana is the fact that it improves both posture and focus. By standing tall and proud, like a tree, with its branches facing upwards, and roots anchoring deep into the soil, you’re learning the art of balance. Work your legs and core. Open the hips. Stretch those inner thighs and groin muscles.
Hero Pose (Virasana)
Be your very own hero by perfecting the Hero Pose, a kneeling stretch that works its magic on the knees, thighs and ankles. This empowering and uplifting asana helps to strengthen your lower body, improve digestion, lower blood pressure, as well as relieve gas. What’s more, some expecting mums have even found it to be helpful in soothing swollen legs and ankles. Add this to your prenatal yoga routine and experience benefit upon benefit.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
What better way to transition into your prenatal yoga routine than via the stable and dependable Mountain Pose? This backward stretching asana helps to induce calm and relaxation, while working to heal those achy muscles. Did you know it’s a core position among the standing asanas? It teaches you how to distribute your body weight evenly throughout your feet.
Please note: When curating a yoga routine with your wellness instructor, don’t forget to get approval from your doctor.
While we’ve listed asanas that are particularly helpful in preparing mums for labour, it’s always better to take extra precautions.
Each pregnancy journey is different, and we wouldn’t want to assume a one-size-fits-all approach.
We wish you a serene and soulful experience.