Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
Kneel on the floor and bring your big toes together while separating your heels. Lower your buttocks onto the inside surface of your feet so your heels touch the sides of your hips. Place your hands on your knees, palms down. Be sure to keep your back and head straight and aligned, but not tense.
This pose helps activate the second chakra, which is located just below the navel and expressed with the color orange. It also enhances digestion and can be practiced immediately after meals. It increases the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients and relieves stomach problems such as hyperacidity, which is a common pregnancy complaint. Vajrasana also encourages blood flow and nerve impulses in the pelvic region and kidneys and strengthens the pelvic muscles.
The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
Performing certain yoga postures during pregnancy can help relieve many common discomforts and conditions, as well as benefit your baby and ease childbirth. Yoga can:
- Increase blood flow and nutrients to the reproductive organs, pelvis, and fetus to ensure a smooth pregnancy and a relatively easy childbirth.
- Relieve edema (fluid retention) and muscle cramps, particularly in the last trimester.