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yoga during pregnancy
Wellness
Published Thursday May 10, 2018 by Taryn-Lea McEachrane

5 Soothing Yoga Poses to Try During Pregnancy  

Yoga
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Pregnancy can be a time of equal parts joy, frustration, and confusion. Whether you are a first-time mom, or anxiously awaiting your third child, you can benefit immensely from a variety of yoga poses to improve your strength, flexibility, and mindfulness.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” - Rumi

A healthy mind is crucial for a healthy body. A healthy body influences the mind. The body and mind are irrevocably connected. Research has proven that emotional stress can manifest in many ways—from small physical ailments to chronic disease. During pregnancy, it is critical that you manage stress appropriately, but let’s face it, stress is an inevitable fact of life. 

Stress will be there before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after pregnancy. But, with proper management, it can become less of a burden. Practicing yoga poses, or asanas, can offer a dual benefit of spiritual practice and exercise during an exciting nine months. However—it is up to you whether to embrace both.



For mothers who are seeking a new practice, yoga can provide both a calming mindset and exercise routine that meets your needs wherever you are in life. Try these five asanas at home for a more relaxed experience during pregnancy! 


Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Your lower back can begin to ache as you arch your spine more and more to support your growing belly. Practicing Mountain Pose will improve your standing posture by creating a straight spine—a necessary positioning that allows more room within your body for your lungs to expand and your womb to grow. 


Prasarita Padottanasana  (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)


This pose improves flexibility for the hips, which is important in pregnancy. It also helps to stretch the back muscles, back of legs and lengthen the spine. When separating your feet in this pose, be mindful of your balance. It can vary according to your stage of pregnancy. 

 

Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)

Cat Pose provides multiple benefits for the pregnant body. Not only does it help relieve back pain, it also works to strengthen the lower abdomen so it can better support your womb. An ideal exercise for beginners, this pose can help create emotional balance in everyday life.  


Downward Facing Frog Pose (Adho Mukha Mandukasana) 

Frog Pose is a hip-opener that helps to release emotion and increase flexibility. A powerful beginner pose, you will feel the welcomed stretch in your hips, groin and inner thighs. You can modify this pose by placing a folded blanket under the knees or elbows.


Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Although this pose may feel slightly uncomfortable at first (and is recommended only during your first trimester), it will serve to relax your body over time, allowing you to feel more open—both mentally and physically. This deeply relaxing and restorative pose can help you release negative emotions while increasing your flexibility.
 

No matter what pose you choose to practice or what atmosphere you choose to practice in, it is important to remember that the foundation of all yoga poses is the breath. Try focusing your attention on your breath during asana practice, inhaling and slowly exhaling through your nose—making an ocean-like noise with each inhale and exhale.

Don’t forget to carve out at least five minutes of your day to do the poses. Making time for yourself is essential during your pregnancy to create a sense of calm and manifest inner joy. Whatever works to soothe your soul.

Taryn-Lea McEachrane
Written by
Taryn-Lea McEachrane
Contributor | Certified Yoga Teacher
About the author
Taryn is an aspiring wellness expert and nature loving yogini with a background in public health. She has worked various health-related jobs throughout her career and holds a deep passion for writing.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).