Advice about Practicing Yoga

  • Use a mat
  • Be barefooted to practice yoga
  • Your clothes should enable you to stretch but not be too loose
  • Remove loose jewellery
  • Bring a towel ( be prepared to sweat)
  • Best to avoid any meals less than 3 hours before yoga – something light is fine until half an hour before
  • Drink as little as possible during yoga, and best not at all (make sure to drink plenty beforehand)
  • After yoga, it is best to wait 15 minutes to drink, and 30 minutes to eat, just to allow the body to calm down again

Yoga is great for pregnant women as both postures and breathing techniques can ease discomfort during pregnancy and make the birth easier. However, there are some precautions to take. Pregnant women that have never practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga before should not take up that practice while expecting the baby. Instead it is recommended to attend yoga classes especially for pregnant women. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioners that become pregnant should rest in the first trimester but can then continue to practice in the second and third trimester. The general rule is to not add new postures to the practice while pregnant and modify or omit some postures as the baby grows.

The most simple and the only really important advice is to listen to yourself and your body and to respect its limitations. It is not easy in the beginning but gradually yoga will increase your sensitivity and awareness.

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