Rhonda Kantor explains the benefits of yoga for the pregnant woman through a yoga class.
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First part of our class we do some sited breathing and some tuning in. becoming aware of how were feeling, what brought us, what are intensions are for our yoga practice its time to center our selves and to detach from our everyday life when it come to a more spiritual concentrated place in our class. And to practice breathing exercises, we did three parts breathing abdominal breathing. We did warm up poses, poses that help loosen the low back to work a little bit with our hip joints to stretch out the spine, to stimulate the nerves in the spine and circulation. And to relaxed our backs and hips, we then came to standing and we did sun salutations which I've modified for pregnancy, so that all the poses in the sun salutation are safe and are all part of the benefits of what pregnant women find helpful doing yoga deep leg stretching, opening the heart and lungs, doing some lunging and hip opening. And also giving us a chance to challenge our selves a bit with more movement with the sequence to the salutation that we did, we went into standing half the yoga poses one pose at time. We did strengthening for the legs, opening of the hips, opening of the chest, and arms. And focusing and concentrated our awareness and specifically our three pose which we did balancing on one foot. Holding the wall for support, and then we came down to the floor for seated poses, again to help stretch the legs, stimulate circulation in the legs, to elevate leg cramps and to stretch the whole back side of the body. Forward, bends are great to do at the end of yoga practice to quite the mind and calm down for the last sequence of the class. Where we did different types of floored bends and hip opening, poses as—when we went into our relaxation, to help balance all the energy in the body after completing our yoga practice, to quite the breath down, to allow us the chance to complete rest and to let go, to end our class.