Indulge in prenatal yoga this World Prematurity Day

This Prematurity Day, let’s bring everyone to attention on how crucial the issue of premature birth is. It’s been a leading cause of death in children below the age of five. Babies born too early are more prone to have long term health issues. One out of seven babies are said to be born pre term. The main reason for premature labor could be hypertension, hormonal imbalance, maternal health problems and lifestyle factors. The best way to balance your emotions, hormones and stay physically healthy is to practice prenatal yoga. Practicing Yoga during pregnancy is a great way to bring about those positive changes to your body. It allows circulation to the womb and avoids complications during labor. Staying active during this crucial time has tremendous benefits. Avoiding premature birth is one among them. Prematurity poses serious health problems to the baby in the long run. It’s best to prevent any such risks by practicing pre-natal yoga. It not only strengthens you physically but prepares you emotionally. It will prepare you for pregnancy by strengthening your abdominal, back and legs. Yoga can help you ease the whole process of labor by practicing moves that relaxes your abdominal and hip muscles. Just a few gentle motions and breathing techniques is all you need to practice to have a healthy labor.

Researchers have found out that more than 2000 women were linked tolower risk of gestational diabetes, fewer C-sections and prematurity.Exercising during pregnancy is also said to have reversed stress causing DNA reactionstherefore keeping symptoms like depression, stress or anxiety at bay.

The moves taught in prenatal yoga are safe but should be practiced withutmost care. Remember to focus on strength, avoid over stretching, wearcomfortable clothing and remember to keep yourself hydrated.

Please find below a few asana you can practice under the supervision ofan experienced trainer.

Baddha Konasana (Cobbler Pose)

·         Begin by sittingerect, stretch your legs out and must be parallel to eah other.

·         Bend kneesinside so that the soles of the feet are together

·         Move both thefeet inwards so that it is touching your groin region

·         Try and restyour knee on the ground.

·         Inhale gettinginto the posture. Follow a balanced continuous breathing pattern. Stay in the                  pose for 1-5 minutes.


Balasana (Extended Baby Pose)

·         Start with acomfortable seated position. Inhale and raise arms above head

·         Exhale and bendyour upper body forward

·         Extend your armsand place your palms in front of you

·         Touch yourforehead to the mat

·         Arms and headshould lie in line with the trunk

·         Pelvis shouldrest on the heels

·         Inhale whenraising arms and exhale when lowering the body

Prasarita Padasana

·         Start off withyour feet spread wide apart parallel to your shoulders

·         Bend slightly atthe knees and bend sideways.

·         While bendingsideways arch your hands sideways.

·         Repeat the sameon the opposite side

Pranam Asana - The Prayer Pose

·         Stand erect withthe feet held together.

·         Bring the twohands together and the palms touching each other at the chest level. Look                       straight ahead.

·         Breathe innormally. This will give a sense of relaxation.  

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