Giving birth to your baby is a beautiful experience that certainly changes the way we look at our body both physically and emotionally.
It’ll be a long journey to rediscover and fully understand how our body works after pregnancy.
Take this time to find out all the fun facts about your anatomy and what will work best for you.
The most important aspect of post pregnancy is to figure what kind of activities or exercises that you can do to recover and regain strength, and lose baby weight at the same time.
After giving birth, your back and hips may be tight and inflexible and you will feel a little bit detached from your body. So, here’s something that can help you get you out of this funk: Yoga poses!
The good thing is that yoga poses can help you regain the strength and flexibility before pregnancy and will actually speed up your overall recovery process, physically and mentally. It also greatly helps you to get in touch with your body, mind and soul to promote mental and emotional well-being.
It will only take a couple of minutes a day to engage in these yoga poses/exercises but it will immensely make a difference to your body and post pregnancy weight loss plans.
And don’t worry, these 5 postnatal yoga poses are very easy and quick, and they can be done within the first 6 -8 weeks after delivery if you feel physically ready and able to do so.
Wide Child’s Pose
This is a good one to start with as it will help to stretch your hips and lower back. The positioning of this pose also brings your attention inward which is so beneficial for calmness and relaxation.
1) Place your knees on the floor and relax your bum on your feet.
2) Slightly widen your knees into a comfortable position.
3) Extend your hands forward and place your palms on the floor.
4) Hold your pose for 5 breaths.
Repeat this for 5-10 times according to how comfortable you feel.
Seated Wide-Legged Straddle
The Seated Wide-Legged Straddle is a classic pose that’s great for strengthening and strengthening your lower back and hamstrings.
1) Comfortably position yourself on the floor and separate your legs to the side as wide as you can.
2) Make sure your toes and knees are straight and pointing towards the ceiling.
3) Then put your hands out straight in front of you.
4) Now, slowly lower your torso towards the floor as far down as you can go. You can place your hands on the floor for support.
5) Make sure that your back is straight as well.
6) Hold for 5 breaths and repeat for 5 – 10 times.
This pose is amazing because it helps to strengthen and loosen both the back and abdominal muscles. It also helps you to promote better breathing and stimulates your organs for better digestion.
1) Lay down on the floor on your belly and make sure your elbows are close to your side, and your legs closed straight.
2) Place your palms just right next to your chest.
3) Make sure your toes are not tucked. Just rest the top of your feet on the ground.
4) Gently lift your head and chest off the floor. Remember to keep your lower ribs on the floor.
5) Keep drawing your shoulders back until you feel your back stretching.
6) Hold for 5 breaths.
Be careful not to overdo it and try not to use your palms to push yourself up. When done correctly, the lift should come as a natural extension of your spine.
The Quarter is a fairly easy pose that will help to increase strength in your upper body and stretches your hamstring to give you extra mobility when caring for your child.
1) Start by placing your hand and knees on the floor. Make sure your wrists are below your shoulders and knees underneath your hips.
2) Tuck your toes under your heels then lift up your hips.
3) Then lower your forearms onto the floor.
4) Try to straighten your legs and lower your heels as close as you can get it to the floor.
5) Relax your head and try gazing through your legs or at your belly button.
6) Hold for 5 breaths.
The Camel is a great way to release some tension from your back and you can also get a lot of flexibility in your lower back and hips whilst strengthening your quads and abs.
1) Kneel down on the mat and make sure your knees are aligned with your hips. Your shins, ankles and feet should be parallel to each other.
2) Gently give your back some small stretches first by placing your hands on your hips and slowly arch back.
3) When you’re good to go, hold your right heel with your right hand and then left heel with your left hand. Your hands are only there for support so try not to shift all the weight into them.
4) Then lower your head to arch your back.
5) Hold for 5 breaths.
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