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Pregnancy yoga do's & dont's

PRECAUTIONS TO BE OBSERVED BY WOMEN PRACTICING YOGA DURING PREGNANCY:

 

14-18 WEEKS: Avoid fast, strenuous or heating (drying) practices and deep twists.

 

18-33 WEEKS: As above, plus avoid long static holds, too much standing and inversions.

 

33-40 WEEKS: Avoid rapid practice that stresses or compromises the breath and holding still for too long. Avoid anything which doesn’t allow room for the large bump.

 

POSTPARTUM: Avoid any wide legged poses (keep legs parallel and feet ahead). Avoid anything fast or strenuous that stresses the belly or back. Avoid inversions until lochia is finished flowing.

 

Don’t jump from pose to pose. Take your time!!

Don’t over stretch or strain, hold poses for less than five breaths each time.

Don’t hold the breath or practice any vigorous pumping breaths.

Don’t rest on your front.

Don’t lie on your back after 30 weeks.

No deep twists

Don’t maintain a lifted mulabandha for longer than a single breath.

 

Note: Please seek advice from your doctor or midwife if you have any complications.

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