\As your body continues to change from one trimester to the next, you may have to modify the poses and make sure you are doing them the right way. Keep motivating yourself especially on the days when you want to just laze around and do nothing. Remind yourself, your goals to stay fit – manage weight gain, stay flexible, feel good and get back in shape post-delivery.
In Part I, you have read the benefits of Warrior I pose. In this article, we will show you the Tree Pose (Vrikshaasana).
Remember to get a go ahead from your doctor before you start exercising. Do these poses gently and slowly, gradually allowing your body to open up. Keep sipping water throughout at regular intervals to stay hydrated. Eat a fruit about an hour before you start.
* If you are unable to balance, do not continue with the pose. Try to bring your foot down as low as you need to stay balanced. Initially practice this pose standing next to a wall. Gradually with practice, try to place the foot higher.
To Extend this Pose:
Raise your hands in the prayer position up above your head. This increases the need for balance. It further strengthens the arm muscles and opens the chest and lungs.
This pose can be safely done in all three trimesters. However, as your baby grows there’s a change in your centre of gravity. So in the third trimester, you may need to take support of a wall or a chair while doing this pose.
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Also read more about: Yoga Poses: Part I, Part III, Part IV, Pre-natal Exercises That Promise To Make Pregnancy And Labour A Breeze, 5 exercises you must do during pregnancy
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