Pregnancy Yoga Asana

Adapted from ‘The Yoga of Pregnancy’ book and DVD by author Mel Campbell.

Week 17: Our Nervous Systems

 Intention

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

Reflection

This week I relaxed and re-energized with a restorative practice, which calmed and recharged our nervous systems.

Pregnancy Yoga Asana

Viparita Karani – The Great Rejuventor

 

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.


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