Home Yoga for Postpartum Mamas: Part One
In my prenatal yoga classes, I frequently highlight many mind/body/breath practices that are also safe and available after baby arrives.
Mamas: Simple, stress relieving home-based postpartum yoga can be wonderful during the early weeks. Keep reading.
Given the saturation of feelings, the bonding and the healing occurring in those first euphoric, exhausting, __________ (fill in the blank!) weeks, new moms often forget this information.
For this post and next month’s, I provide visual reminders to moms-to-be and postpartum mamas of easy yoga practices for home.
This post focuses on the early weeks.
The next post will highlight yoga after the bleeding and healing has ceased. Typically, (but not always) occuring 6-8 weeks after baby arrives.
And of course moms who can get to mom/baby yoga will get reminders in those classes too.
New Mom misses yoga! Here’s what to do
My student wrote me her birth story and also mentioned how she missed yoga.
This was my response:
“A gentle reminder: Do simple wrist circles and shoulder releases. All those joint and stress freeing and alignment tools are so handy right now, Breathe…:) soon you can recline on your back and throw your legs up the wall!”
Another prenatal student wrote to me post-partum and testified to the following:
“Also, as you said, Bonnie, pay close attention to how to keep your chest and upper back open for breastfeeding! I found myself getting into crazy positions just out of the great desire to have the baby latch and then I’d be frozen that way for 30 min. Ugh! Shoulder moves are my best friends now – as are the therapy balls ! “
Epaulet Arm Circles for tight shoulders and back.
Shoulder shrugs. Relax tension from feedings.
Ball massage at shoulders and upper back.
Point/Flex/Ankle circles. Keep circulation in legs and feet.
Wrist Stretches Travolta Style
Leg Stretch 1