How Yin Yoga Helps Me Through My Difficult Pregnancy

Last year, I purchased a 100-class card at a local yoga studio, good for a year.  It fitted my regular practice: besides my self-practice, I also attend formal classes at least 3 times a week.  Three months into the program, I was expecting my third baby.  Unfortunately, my yoga studio did not offer prenatal classes.…

Natarajasana or Lord of the Dance Pose

The name comes from the Sanskrit words nata meaning “dancer”, raja meaning “king”, and asana meaning “posture’.  Nataraja is one of the names given to the Hindu god Shiva in his form as the cosmic dance. This pose has always fascinated me because it represents events that may, at first, glance, be catastrophic.  Yet, just like the Shiva the…

Prenatal Backbends

I have never been a fan of backbends, particularly the deep ones.  As my pregnancy progresses, only a few remaining backbends are available to me.  These, I do not practice, as I prefer the gentle seated poses that stretch my hips and hamstrings.  Yet, during my maternal photo shoot, the most natural poses that occurred…

Modifications in Pre-natal Yoga

I totally stopped asana practice during my first trimester due to doctor’s orders.  As I entered second trimester, I restarted my practice, feeling weak and awkward.  There are a lot of poses that are no longer advisable and with the remaining asanas, modifications have to be adopted. I am now entering into my 3rd trimester…

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

I started my daily yoga practice around two years ago and with my third child, I plan to sustain my daily practice with pre-natal yoga.  For now, I was advised bed rest, so any asana practice is off the table.  But with meditation and breathing, I still continue my yoga practice.  I can’t wait to…