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Prenatal Yoga: An Introduction

Practicing yoga is a wonderful way to stay limber and toned throughout your pregnancy. It can also promote better balance and circulation, as well as help relieve stress and typical pregnancy aches and pains. Leggings by Ingrid & Isabel Tank by Destination Maternity

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-Hi, I'm yoga Anna Dioguardi at YogaWorks here in New York City and currently 14 weeks pregnant with my first baby, and I've been using prenatal yoga as a way to keep my body toned and limber and my mind calm. There are other benefits to prenatal yoga as well. Prenatal yoga can help increase circulation and balance as well as relieve the typical aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Today, we're gonna work on some poses for each trimester and go over the benefits of each. For the first trimester, we're gonna begin with some restorative yoga, which will to help to relieve any morning sickness or exhaustion that you may be feeling. And then for the second trimester, we're going to rebuild your strength. For the third trimester, we're going to work on some poses that will help you during childbirth. You'll notice that I'm sitting in pose now called sukhasana. It's a cross legged seat, which is a very comfortable position to be in when you're expecting. If you come to sit and you're very rounded or you need extra support, you can up to a wall. Good idea to also use a towel or a blanket so that you can sit up nice and tall. Everything that we're gonna practice today is perfectly safe during pregnancy, but please check with your OB/Gyn or midwife before beginning a yoga regimen. Let's begin.