So we know how good yoga is for us, but yoga is especially great for all those pregnant goddesses out there.  Practicing yoga before, during and after birth is ideal, but feel free to start at any point, as it’s only going help your pregnancy and birthing experience.  Speaking of goddesses, our very own Lika Elwood is quite possibly the most beautiful and graceful pregnant yogini I have ever seen.  In honor of Lika and all the preggos around the world, this week’s fun pose Friday post is all about great poses for those who are expecting.

Hip opening poses = yummy poses for mamas to be.  Malasana (or Garland Pose or Yogic Squat) is a great one:

lika squat

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There are lots of benefits of this pose, such as:

  • Stretches the ankles
  • Stretches groins and back torso
  • Tones the belly
  • Extra beneficial for the expecting because it helps release tension throughout the hips, lower back and ankles– which are all parts of the body that go through major tension and stress while the baby is growing.

*Note: This pose can be an intense hip opener, so if you need to lighten up or need more support feel free to use a prop (block or blanket) underneath your seat to add more comfort and ease.

Standing poses, like the Warriors (or Virabhadrasana I and II) are really nice, grounding poses for pregnant yoginis:

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Some benefits of Virabhadrasana II:

  • Strengthens and stretches the legs and ankles
  • Stretches the groins, chest and lungs, shoulders
  • Especially yummy for moms to be because it helps: open up your pelvic area, strengthens your back muscles, and tones your lower body and also relieves backaches, especially through second trimester of pregnancy.

Lastly, balancing poses can be tricky during your pregnancy, especially as the belly grows more and more and your center of gravity is constantly changing.

Ardha Chandrasana (or Half Moon) is a great balancing pose that you can modify many ways.  Feel free to use a block for your lower hand and/or push into a wall with the lifted leg/foot.

Or if you are super talented and have an advanced practice, you might try this variation:

half moon

Lika, really?  Wow!  Isn’t she awesome?!

Before planning your preggo yoga routine, make sure to note: if you have never practiced yoga or have practiced very little before your pregnancy, you should practice only prenatal yoga while pregnant.

If you already have a strong yoga practice before your pregnancy, you may be able to continue a fairly vigorous practice with modifications, after your first trimester.  Always, let your teacher know and listen to your body.  You will know best what feels good and what you should avoid.

Good luck and enjoy!