Week 17: Our Nervous Systems
I take a rest and place my hands over my belly.
I tell you how much I love you.
I wait for a response:
a gentle kick; a hiccup; a tender prod.
Thank you, I love you.
Asana for the Week
Viparita Karani – The Great Rejuvenator
For this pose I will need a yoga mat, a wall, several small cushions and an eye pillow. This pose is suitable for all stages of my pregnancy.
- I sit sideways beside a wall with my legs extended out in front of me and right hip and shoulder against the wall. Pivoting at my hips, I swing my legs up the wall and lie down. I lift my hips and place several cushions under my pelvis. I place a folded blanket under my head and let my arms rest alongside my body
- I place an eye pillow over my closed eyes
- Resting my hands over you, I sense you beneath my touch
- I practice this week’s intention, telling you how much I love you, and listen for your response
- Staying here for up to fifteen minutes, I mindfully repeat this week’s affirmation:
Each sensation I feel of my growing baby moving reassures me that all is well
- To come out of the pose, I bend my knees and rest my feet against the wall. I lift my hips, remove the cushions from under my pelvis, then roll over to my left side. I stay here for a few minutes before using my hands to gently assist me up into a sitting position
This week I relaxed and re-energized with a restorative practice, which calmed and recharged our nervous systems.
Benefits: Viparita Karani regulates blood flow; improves circulation; relaxes the nervous system; calms the mind; helps alleviate swollen ankles and calves; rests tired legs.
Cautions: It is advised that I do not practice this pose after week 34 of my pregnancy or once my baby is engaged.