The Hips and keeping them open

Yoga has so many benefits to offer a pregnant mother. One of these a new found flexibility from the hormone relaxin that is released early in the pregnancy. This hormone helps to loosen the joints for the birth process, but can also be taken to far and cause harm if the mother is not aware of her flexibility limits. So, consider yourself warned about over stretching or going beyond your comfort level.

Just as the joints are able to move freely, they are also able to stiffen up easily. Remember that long car ride mentioned several post back, or maybe its the 8 hours at your desk that is causing the joints to stiffen, either way you will find this next exercise very helpful.

1. Sit as straight in the car as you possibly can, maybe think about lifting through the crown of the head. It will help to move your tush closer to front edge of the chair.

2. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths through the nose if possible.

3. Cross the right leg over the left knee, flex the right foot to engage the muscle of the leg, it helps to protect the joints

4. Mindfully hinge from the hips, maintain the straight back, again thinking about the head reaching forward instead of down

5. Take at least 4 breaths, on the exhale think about the joint in the hip and see if the exhale can release any tightness, inhale long and deep (being pregnant, you can’t inhale to deep)

6. Switch sides and only go only as deep into the fold as YOU feel comfortable.


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