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Home Yoga Practice

Practicing yoga at home can be whatever you would like it to be.  Slow and gentle, fast flow, short, long, props, no props - it's yours to enjoy.  Setting up a space for yourself to do this can be helpful too.  There is no right or wrong with it, it doesn't need to be perfect.  Often I end up just placing a mat amongst the chaos my kids have created.  If I'm just trying to get a quick stretch in then it's fine...it can make for a more challenging practice though.

I have included the sequence from our class practice for you to build upon, change or use as a starting point.  You can practice it as one entire session or smaller sequences.  The difference 5 minutes yoga can make to your day/mood/physicality of pregnancy is quite remarkable.

You can use anything that works for you; rolled up towels and blankets, pillows, cushions, a chair, a birthing ball - anything that makes you feel comfortable.  Including the environment around you, for instance, if you are unwinding at the end of the day, use candles or soft lighting, any scents/aromas that you find pleasant.  If you are practicing at the start of your day, you may want to let the natural light in, have a window open to enhance your experience.   You can play music, any music you like...or you can enjoy the silence.  Feel free to add a little self-massage into your practice, have a drink nearby to you can keep hydrated.  I remember the delicate balance between keeping hydrated and having a small head pushing on my bladder.

 

Some of the sequence can even be practice in bed or on a chair.  Yoga does not have to be seated in easy pose on the floor.  As long as you are breathing - you are practicing yoga.  All of the above are just suggestions, they are not something you have to do.  It's about what you feel comfortable with and it's also a time for you to enjoy with your growing baby.

"Yoga does not transform they way we see things, it transforms the person who sees" - BKS Iyenger

Maternal Sunshine Yoga

Seaford, UK

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