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Monday, 15 August 2011 12:42

Teaching and Practicing Yoga During Pregnancy

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It is not only safe to practice yoga while pregnant, but also highly beneficial. Some caution and modifications must be heeded; however, you would be surprised how many postures you can still practice while pregnant.

The best rule of thumb I have found: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Do what postures feel good and avoid those that do not.

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I am currently 6 and a half months pregnant and have been practicing yoga since Day 1 of my pregnancy. I have a 10-year-plus yoga practice, so continuing to practice yoga seemed natural once I became pregnant.

Not only have I been practicing yoga regularly while pregnant, I also completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training while 3 months pregnant.  Since then, I have been teaching Vinyasa Flow Yoga anywhere from 3 to 6 classes a week (and am LOVING it!)

Some of my favorite pregnancy postures are: pigeon (to open up hips); happy baby (another excellent hip opener); lunges (can't get enough hip openers); feet up the wall and hero postures (both of which increase circulation to tired legs and knees~especially important during the second and third trimesters).

Feel free to email me with any questions regarding my journey through yoga and pregnancy at marikaripke@gmail.com

~Marika Ripke

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