In this episode Lana Masor, MS, 500-RYT, guides mothers-to-be through a restorative pose to begin the prenatal yoga practice. Restorative poses focus on relaxation which helps with easing blood flow, calming the mind, cleansing breathing techniques and focusing your thoughts inward to a better you.
Lana: Hi, I'm Lana Masor, I'm a registered yoga teacher, and today I'm going to show you a little bit what goes on in my prenatal yoga classes. So I always like to start in a nice restorative pose as we have Iris here right now. So as you can see she's reclining and she's being fully supported by a bolster and two blocks, so it gives some nice support to the back and to the head, and then I took this blanket and rolled it up, and I tucked it under each of her legs to help support her legs so that way that there's not too much over stretching in the groins. A lot of pregnant women experience over flexibility during pregnancy and that happens because of the increase in hormones in the body, especially relaxin, and what relaxin does is it relaxes the muscles; so what were doing here is trying to prevent that from over relaxing or over stretching. So we're going to start here just in this nice restorative pose and I start with my clients with the eyes shut and starting to focus on their breathe. So taking a deep inhale here, and audible exhale out through the mouth, inhale in through the nose, and audible exhale out through the mouth. Just taking a few moments here to allow the body to settle into the bolster, feeling the body relax into the mat, and letting the breathe have a nice steady, even pace as you inhale and exhale. Take your left hand to your heart, and your right hand to your baby, inhale and exhale. And here we're reminded of the very strong and powerful connection between the breathe, the mind, and the body. Continuing to breathe here, steadily, and here we set our intention for our practice, it can be a dedication to someone, something, or even to yourself. Inhaling and exhaling, allowing the breathe to be our meditation. And slowly release your arms down by your sides, palms facing up to receive energy, inhale and exhale. And slowly take your hands to your outer thighs and draw your knees together as you gently crack your eyes open and come up to sit.