discussion on yoga asana During Pregnancy

Posted by: "Shirish Bhate" shirishbhate@yahoo.com shirishbhate
    Date: Wed Mar 7, 2007 11:40 pm ((PST)

 
Yoga Poses can help in dealing with the symptoms of Pregnancy, ensuring smoother and easier delivery, and faster recovery after childbirth. Yoga and few basti of panchakarma is all that is needed to ensure normal at home child birth, if nutrition is also taken care. Poses that put pressure on the abdomen and other difficult poses should not be done during advance stages of Pregnancy. It is not necessary to do all these Asanas and remember not to push yourself on a pose. If you are interested in practicing yoga during your pregnancy, be aware that certain postures should be avoided (such as those that involve laying on the back or belly. These poses can be read in more detail at the websites along with detailed asanas with pictures.
 
A list of Asanans:
1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
2. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
3. Warrior Pose
5. Standing Side Stretch Pose
6. Standing Spread Leg Forward Bend
7. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimothanasana)
8. Hero Pose (Virasana)
9. Upavista Konasana
10. Fish Yoga Pose (matsyendrasan)
11. Cat Pose (Bidalasana)
12. Inverted Postures and Balance Poses: (Only under guidance, keep watching your breathing, pulse etc) - Headstand (Sirshasana)
13. Tree Yoga Pose
14. Plough Pose (Halasana)
15. Sage Twist Yoga Pose (Marichyasana)
16. Shoulder Lifts
IN addition some warming up exercises, pranayama:
17.Neck Exercises
18 Ujjayi Pranayama
19 Corpse Pose: most important for relaxation at end.
20 Neck Rol
21 Shoulder Roll
22 Toe and Foot Stretch
23 Cat and Cow
24 Childs Pose
25 Pelvic Tilt
26 Chest Expansion
27 Baddha konasana
28 Squatting
 
Many more precautions, details of poses, photos, videos etc can be had from.
 
http://knowyoga.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=21
http://www.womenfitness.net/yoga_during_preg1.htm
http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/yoga-and-health/yoga-for-pregnancy.asp
http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/preg.html
http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/pregnancy/pregnancyfitness/7862.html
http://health.discovery.com/centers/pregnancy/americanbaby/yoga.html
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/health_advice/facts/pregnancy_yoga_003738.htm
http://expectantmothersguide.com/library/pittsburgh/yoga.htm
 
Despite what is written here and on these websites, final advise is "listen to your body", it is not you alone, but even your baby is doing yoag with you. In Indian mythology, story goes that Prince abhimanyu learnt the technique of defeating a certain war formation termed "Chakravyuha" in womb itself, when Lord Sri Krishna was teaching the technique to Subhadra, Abhimanyu's mother. A pregnant women's desires/cravings are often those of the unborn baby. perhaps Abhimanyu wanted to know, so Subhadra wanted to know the war technique. Later in youthful years, without anybody's guidance, Abhimanyu successfully defeated charkavyuha, arranged by Guru nacharya. He was surprised to get defeated!

 
So in short, are you willing to give birth to a yogi? Go ahead, Indian Gurus like Baba Ramdev is with you. Today he enjoyes more popularity than even our prime minister!