New to yoga but want to include it in your healthy pregnancy? These simple pregnancy yoga poses focus on breathing techniques, also ideal for labour
Our FittaMamma expert Claire believes that if you only have a few minutes to devote to yoga in pregnancy then spending some time breathing is most beneficial.
Slowing your breathing to an even pace whilst increasing the depth of each breath acts as a natural tranquilliser whilst increasing your lung capacity will help to relieve fatigue and hypertension. When people are fearful or panicky their breathing becomes shallow and ineffective whilst long slow breathing can release tension and help reduce stress and anxiety.
Sit comfortably cross legged on the floor, in tailor pose or upright in a chair with both feet flat on the floor. Make sure your spine is straight and your head is in line with your neck and back. Relax the muscles in your face, your neck and shoulders.
Concentrate on your navel and inhale deeply through your nose taking your arms up slowly around your body as your breath moves to fill your lungs. Continue to inhale, lifting your arms up until your fingertips meet. Clasp your fingertips together, palms towards the ceiling and look upwards towards your fingers. Release your arms and exhale, bringing your hands back to your knees. Repeat 5 or 10 times.
Keep the movements and your breathing smooth and steady.
You can do this one at your desk if you’re still at work! For more yoga breathing techniques follow these pregnancy yoga videos, they will help you calm any anxiety, sleep better and prepare for labour!