Moms-to-be can benefit greatly from consistent pregnancy yoga practice, whether you are pregnant or postpartum too. Becoming a mother is a magical journey embarking on a completely life-changing experience, but this magic comes with a responsibility.
There are many health benefits associated with pregnancy yoga that you can reap throughout motherhood! Regular practice of yoga during pregnancy is going to help you keep your strength up, muscles and joints mobile, mind calm, and oxygen levels high.
There are several biological changes that take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy. This demands certain modifications in the regular way of practicing yoga to fulfill the need for the changed body strength, shape, and hormone level. An expert prenatal care specialist can help you out in such a situation by offering customized pregnancy yoga modifications and safety tips. These modifications are either way provided through changes in the positions, twists, or props helpful to provide much-needed support to your growing belly and stiffened muscles.
Here is a list of must-have props to support your pregnancy yoga practice for a comfortable and relaxing experience.
(1) Bolsters –
Bolsters provide great support especially to your back during practicing savasana or other restorative poses instead of lying flat on your back. It is really helpful to the women who are discouraged to lie flat on their back especially after the second trimester. Many pregnancy yoga classes have yoga bolsters in their prop collection. But if you don’t have one at home and also don’t wish to invest in purchasing the one, then you can also use a pillow (or maybe a few pillows) instead.
(2) Blankets –
A yoga blanket is another absolute must-have for pregnancy yoga. A yoga blanket is firmer and heavier than the regular blanket, and also has the capacity to retain the fold. It means that even when one sits on it or moves it around, it stays firm and doesn’t unfold. A beach towel can be used as a substitute for a yoga blanket. It supports the legs and hips in stretches or can be put on other props to make the surface softer and more comfortable. Always make sure to wash them on regular basis to maintain hygiene.
(3) Blocks –
They are primarily useful in elongating the length of your arms when the increased belly size restricts your reach. For example, if you are performing a low lunge and need to reach the ground past your growing bump, yoga blocks are of great help. However, they can also be used to provide support in the restorative bridge, fish pose, or even savasana, which can act as furniture for extended squat or kneeling or seating pose. It can also be braced between the legs to create stability in poses like chair pose, plank, etc.
(4) Straps –
Straps are not essential but can prove very beneficial. In pregnancy yoga classes it is used to make it easier to reach, say, your toes. Resistant straps are also good for extra pull which typically enhances your strength. It also can be used to form a loop and can be used to hold the body in poses like supta badhha konasana.
(5) Balls –
Balls large in size give the necessary support during squatting positions, backbends, and other leg supporting asanas. Apart from these tennis balls or massage balls are also put in between the joints to lessen the impact of bends.
Yoga props are essential to use in pregnancy yoga practice to lessen the impact, avoid injuries, for support, and make the asanas seem easy even with the increased pregnancy weight and baby bump. Contact our yoga experts at Pregna Fit Shwet Yoga classes to know more about such props and their correct usage.