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Yoga for soon-to-be moms (infographic)

July 5, 2016

Looking to stay active during pregnancy? Try yoga.

Prenatal yoga is a low-impact practice that is gentle on your muscles and bones. It can be done in the comfort of your home or in a class with other expecting moms. And, it has the added benefit of relieving stress by relaxing the mind while strengthening and stretching the body.

Lena Schmidt, prenatal yoga instructor for Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, offers an easy yoga sequence for expecting moms to follow.

Yoga for soon-to-be moms (infographic). Yoga for soon-to-be moms. Prenatal yoga can help you prepare for delivery by practicing breathing techniques (pranayama) and stretching techniques. “I love teaching prenatal yoga because I help give expecting moms the opportunity to attend to their bodies, to relax and rejuvenate, and to start this healthy new life,” says Lena Schmidt, a Sharp Mary Birch prenatal yoga instructor. Here’s what you’ll need: A quiet space.	A mat or towel.	A pillow, blanket or block for support. Hold each of the following poses for 1 to 2 minutes:	Cat and cow pose. Pigeon pose. Lizard lunge. Wide-leg forward fold. Child’s pose. Seated side bend. Squat pose. Bound angle pose. Supported reclining bound angle pose. This yoga sequence can be done daily. Please be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

View the printable version of this infographic.

Learn more about and register for prenatal yoga classes offered by Sharp Mary Birch Hospital.

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