Best Yoga Positions for New Moms

Many people who are already yogis know that yoga is a great, if not essential practice for pregnant women. It helps keep you strong and limber while carrying your child, and will help your body recover back to it’s pre-pregnant state much more quickly. But did you know that yoga is also extremely beneficial after you’ve had your child? Staying connected with the breath and your body is a great way to help your body recover after such a major event. And yoga will help keep you relaxed and grounded as you adjust to a new life with your new baby and the challenges it presents! So if you decide to practice, make sure grab some great yoga clothes from Sweaty Betty and include these great poses in your routine as a new mom:

Navasana (Boat pose)

After having a child, you’ll want to strengthen your core as much as possible to regain those ab muscles, as well as to support your back and help your body adjust to all that forward bending when picking up your child. To get into boat pose, sit on the ground with your knees bent and feet on the floor, then balance back on your seat as you bring your legs up. Stretch your arms out forward and straighten your legs if possible. Hold for several breaths, then release. Feel the burn the next day in your abs and know that you’re building up your core!

Apanasana (Supine knees to chest)

This is a great pose to help you really get in touch with your new body. Yoga can help you love your body through the changes it goes through, and connect you to your breath in order to gain mindful presence. In this pose, lay down on your back with your knees to your chest and breathe deeply. Slowly, rock back and forth from side to side so your back starts to release. Be mindful with each breath and pay attention to how your body feels in this relaxed pose. Make sure and dress in comfortable clothes when you’re relaxing in this pose; check out Sweaty Betty for some great options.

Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2)

Warrior 2 pose is a pose that will get you feeling fired up and powerful! It builds heat in your core and is great for strengthening your back, legs and arms as well. Begin standing sideways on the mat, arms and legs spread wide. Bend your front knee over the ankle and look out over your front fingertips. Make sure that your torso stays aligned over your hips. Breathe evenly and deeply, staying focused on correct alignment and how your body feels.