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9:59 am

Prenatal Yoga & Anjneyasana (Low Lunge) - Why You Need This!

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Prenatal yoga offers us the opportunity to look at the way we practice devotion in our lives. Devotion to ourselves, our ever-changing bodies and the new life that we are bringing into this world. Anjaney is an avatar of the Hindu God Hanuman. In fact, it’s Hanuman in his most devout version. Anjaney devoted himself to studying the cycles of the rising & setting sun. And from this devotion brought us yoga practitioners the Sun Salutations. Anjaneyasana is a physical posture that has the ability bring us into a deeper devotional state of awareness, if you’re ready for it.

How appropriate this pose is as we delve deeper within the cycle of pregnancy, labor and birth, and our devotion to being a mother.  Practicing this low lunge pose in Prenatal Yoga has many benefits for those of all trimesters, ranges of mobility and levels of practice. By performing this pose, it can serve the expectant mom a refined awareness of the pelvis and spine. Low lunge focuses on pelvic neutrality, allowing the weight to move downwards into the muscles of the pelvic floor. This turns our attention to the sensation that comes into this region of our bodies during pregnancy as the weight of the baby moves down.

The focus for prenatal classes are on pelvic floor exercises and hip openers. This pose has the ability to open up hip flexors, working deep into the psoas, bringing length into the quadriceps and cultivating strength and stamina in the knee joint. And knee joint health is imperative during the pregnancy as the knee is a major weight bearing joint. The heavier we become, the more strength is needed in the knee.

If you are expecting you are already experiencing changes in balance, energy and hormones. Low lunge creates a deeper understanding of balance during pregnancy. Being practiced on one side and then the other, and how your body can notably feel different from left to right in this posture. The pose itself can feel somewhat unstable and requires a serious effort on the part of the student to create safety and stability.

Pregnant students need this pose to better help them understand the structure and muscles in the pelvis. Prenatal yoga practice helps to reduce natural risks that are often found in pregnancy, labor and delivery. Practicing this pose offers the opportunity for greater ease during delivery. The Relaxin Hormone found during pregnancy allows for deeper flexion within the pose. We have more awareness and control in the perineal floor and pelvic floor through this pose. This helps us participate more consciously during the birthing process.

Low Lunge -Anjaneyasana, offers depth, devotion and freedom.

  • Brings balance
  • Releases tension in quadriceps & groins
  • Promotes pelvic neutrality
  • Builds mental focus
  • Strengthens knee joints
  • Increases hip joint mobility

How to do the pose:

  • From all fours, step one foot forward/knee over ankle
  • Back leg to the floor, back top foot flat
  • Hands to floor, blocks, thigh hips or sky
  • Widen front foot/knee, to allow room for baby on the inner thigh
  • Hips heavy, moving down & forward
  • Stay in pose for a couple of rounds of deep breathing

Looking for a healthy supported prenatal practice? Join us Mondays & Thursdays at Awakened Yoga.

Sign up here: http://awakenedyogastudio.com/events

Melanie Comegys E-RYT 500 has been teaching prenatal yoga since 2011. Please come join her as she leads you through this relaxing and beneficial practice.

 


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Grace
10:29 am

Prenatal Yoga & Upavista Konasana- Why You Need This

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The practice of Prenatal Yoga has many benefits for those of all trimesters, ranges of mobility and levels of practice. Prenatal Yoga helps you in developing proper breathing and relaxation techniques for easier and more comfortable labor. Many of the poses offered in a prenatal practice are focused on pelvic floor exercises and hip openers. Prenatal yoga practice supports mind body health as the body goes through many changes, which creates stress on you mentally and physically. You need yoga if you are expecting.

One of the poses most commonly offered in prenatal yoga classes is the pose Upavista Konasana. It is a seated wide leg forward fold and targets the hamstrings and lower back. The simple act of sitting in this position will bring length into the backs of the legs. This releases muscle tension that is felt in low back and hips.

This pose is one of the many pelvic floor exercises offered in prenatal yoga. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that encloses the bottom of the lower pelvis. This group of muscles includes the perineum and pelvic diaphragm. Pelvic floor exercises are vital for expectant moms because it helps to prevent tears in the perineum.

During pregnancy you need this exercise. It increases the mobility of the pelvis, which helps the birthing of the fetus. The pelvic floor serves as a gateway from interior to exterior. That’s why the elasticity of the musculature in this area of the body is a main focus for prenatal students.  This exercise gives us a better understanding of our ever changing pelvis during our pregnancy.

Wide leg seated forward fold-Upavista Konasana, offers so much for such a simple action.

·       Widens pelvis

·       Releases tension in in hamstrings

·       Relaxes pelvic floor

·       Grounds lower body

·       Encourages release in spine, neck & shoulders

·       Increases hip joint mobility

 How to do the pose:

·       In seated posture, take legs as wide as is availability for your range of motion

·       Toes and knees facing upward

·       Backs of legs grounding down

·       Stay upright with the pelvis tilting forward

·       If you’re more adept in yoga, hinge forward at the hips placing palms to floor

·       Stay in pose for a couple of rounds of deep breathing

Looking for a healthy supported prenatal practice? Join us Mondays & Thursdays at Awakened Yoga.

Sign up here: http://awakenedyogastudio.com/events

Melanie Comegys E-RYT 500 has been teaching prenatal yoga since 2011. Please come join her as she leads you through this relaxing and beneficial practice.


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Grace
8:47 am

Meet Jamie - May Yoga-lebrity and Teacher/Staff Member of the Month!

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Meet Jamie, although I’m sure you have already!! She is our yogi concierge, and also teaches classes. This little nugget grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma as an orange bleeding, “band nerd”. (Careful, not that burnt orange color!) She now lives in Sugar Land with her husband Allan, son Jeremy (20), and daughter Julia (19). 

Besides yoga, what gives you joy? Happy hour of course!

What songs/music are you listening to right now?  Current stuff and 80’s!

What’s your guilty pleasure or food? Wine, cheese, and olives

What is your favorite pose to give you energy? To calm you down? For energy, Sun A’s and Sun B’s. To calm, nothing!

What would you tell your teenage self? Take a chill pill!

What do you do when you have free time? Go out for dinner or drink with the husband or friends.

What 3 items would you bring with you on a yoga retreat? A beauty magazine, bug killer, wine, and mascara. I know that’s 4, but who cares

 

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Grace
8:37 am

Welcome to Our Blog!

Namaste Sugar Land yogi and friends!  We have a new blog and are so excited to use it to share thoughts, recipes, ideas, and more!  If you would like to contribute to our blog, please email us at info@awakenedyogastudio.com and let us know what you would like to write about!  We welcome anyone!

Coming up!  Amber of Plantfit will be blogging each week about her 40 Day Revolution with us! Stay tuned for more information about Amber and the 40 Day experience!  

Thanks so much, Sugar Land, for making Awakened Yoga Studio the hOMe to the sweetest yoga in Texas!  See you on your mat!

Peace, love, and other good stuff,

Grace & the Awakened Yoga Team!

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