Being a new mother is something that fills expectant mothers with anticipation, joy, and love, but also anxiety and stress. Having a child is a great responsibility, and throughout your pregnancy, your body undergoes several drastic changes to provide for the life growing inside you. After going through so much, the body is certainly in a very delicate state.
You also have an infant to take care of, which may make it harder for you to focus on yourself. However, it is important that you take the time out for yourself to take care of your own health. If you want to get back into practising yoga or are thinking of starting it to gather yourself up and well, the suggestion would be to get cleared from your medical practitioner first. Then, when you feel ready, try out these five poses that will let you gently get back into the swing of things when it comes to yoga and exercise.
Sit on your knees, and bend down while inhaling and pull your muscles in, stretching your arms out.. Stay for a few seconds, and then come back. You can repeat this five times, and gradually increase the number of sets as you feel comfortable. This will help strengthen and tighten the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles that have been tried and tested during your pregnancy.
If you’re dealing with a lot of anxiety regarding your life, and your newborn, this is the perfect way to release the anxiety. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Plant your feet firmly on the ground, and slowly lift your hips up while breathing in. Make sure your feet are hip-distance apart, and that you’re not experiencing any sharp pain. Stay in the posture as long as you feel comfortable. This pose not only relieves anxiety, it also strengthens your back and spine, and relieves back pain, along with opening up the lungs.
Be sure that your abdominal muscles and back are ready for this before you begin. Also, take it slow, and use a modified version if necessary. Lie on the mat, with your feet close. Lift your chest and legs off the floor simultaneously and hold for a few seconds. As suggested, bend your knees and focus on letting your abdominal muscles support the legs first if the full boat pose is too strenuous. This exercise will tighten your abdominals and tone legs.
Stand with your feet apart, and your arms parallel to the floor. Bend down and touch the opposite toe while keeping both arms straight. This will help your overall strength and balance, as well as tone your lower body.
Another one you should take slowly. It opens up your chest and involves sitting on your knees, and then bending backwards, touching the ankles if possible. This is great for relaxing tense back and connecting with your emotions.
No matter what stage of pregnancy you’re in, or if you’ve just become a new mom, yoga is there to help you in these times. Connecting with other expectant moms and new moms can also give you moral support to deal with these challenges together. To take full advantage of what yoga can do for you, consider joining Hith Yoga. We provide the best yoga classes in Delhi and provide specialized prenatal and relaxation yoga. Joining a professional studio will reduce your chances of hurting yourself, and give you the right atmosphere for recovering beautifully.