This is a 30 minute yin yoga practice which is pregnancy friendly for all trimesters.
As Yin Yoga is a more relaxing and restorative practice you may be recommended it by your health care provider or those in your network. However, since this practice focuses on flexibility, the joints, tissue and fascia you need to be cautious in following the 3 principles.
During pregnancy the relaxin hormone increases flexibility in the body in a way which can have you overdoing it in a pose. If you go too far, you may experience injury after the fact or pain as you exit a pose. So instead of ‘finding your edge’ at around a 5, pull back to just about a 2 or 3.
When holding the pose, we only want to stay for about 10 breaths, rather than the typical 2+ minutes.
While being still, listen to your baby and body, if you need to change or shift or find support please do so. And if you experiencing pinching, pulling or pain, please exit the pose and join us in the next one if you feel ready to do so.
Please have any props handy which will help to support you through your practice, such as blocks, bolsters, cushions or blankets.
Please make sure you speak with your healthcare provider before diving into yoga during pregnancy. If you experience any pain or discomfort, take a rest or end the practice early.