Yoga to Induce Labor

Pregnancy can be a beautiful thing for women to experience, but it also can be scary. Nearing your due date can bring a whirl wind of emotions. Anxiety, stress, and happiness tend to consume soon-to-be mama’s minds during late pregnancy. These emotions, especially anxiety, can be prolonged as the baby goes past their due date. Luckily, there are some very basic yoga poses that not only ease the mind and prepare the body for labor, but also can help to induce labor.

Pelvic tilts are extremely simple and can be easily done anywhere:

  1. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
  2. A folded blanket can be placed under the hips to help relieve some pressure from the lower back.
  3. Keep the back flat to the floor while slowly bending the pelvis upward.
  4. Hold the pelvis in this upward position for a few seconds and then slowly release.
  5. Do this movement multiple time in a row and several time throughout the day to help ready the pelvis for labor.

This movement helps to induce labor by helping to contract the stomach which helps to signal contractions to begin.

Squatting uses gravity to encourage the baby to push downwards. A simple Malasana can be taken to help the baby descend lower into the pelvis. Malasana also opens the hips which is crucial during birth.

  1. To get into Malasana, place your hands firmly on the ground.
  2. Bring the right heel behind the right hand pointing your toes out towards the right and bring the left heel behind the left hand pointing your toes out towards the left.
  3. Bend down into a squatted position bringing the hands together in front of the chest.
  4. Press your elbows into your knees to open the hips wider and to help balance the body.
  5. This pose can be difficult to hold late in pregnancy, but a yoga bolster can be placed behind the heels to help rest your bottom on.
  6. Hold this squat position for a few breaths.
  7. Place the hands on the ground and press the elbows into the legs to help straighten them up to standing.
  8. Squats are one of the most effective poses to do to help induce labor during late pregnancy.

The Butterfly pose strengthens and stretches the back, thigh, and pelvis muscles to help prepare the body for labor.

  1. Sit on the floor with the bottom of the feet placed together.
  2. Use your elbows to slowly press your knees towards the ground.
  3. Hold this position for a few breaths and then release.
  4. This pose helps to keep the pelvic joints flexible and brings more blood flow into the lower body which helps to ease labor.

These poses do not only help the body prepare for labor but can also help induce it. However, if the baby is not ready to come out then these poses will simply help stretch and prepare the body for when the baby is ready. It doesn’t hurt to calm both the mind and body during late pregnancy in preparation for birth.

Make sure to consult your doctor before practicing any of these poses!

Committing To Yoga Practice

Committing to Yoga Practice

We all have our particular reasons why we are practicing yoga, but there are times when it is just too difficult to commit. Perhaps your responsibilities with your family or work are preventing you from committing entirely on the session. You are also probably worried that you will not be able to accomplish the different poses of yoga. However, if you will observe the people who are committed to practicing their yoga often, they appear more relaxed in handling their schedule and responsibilities. Most of them also reported that they became more efficient and productive in their work.

Tips on How You can Sincerely Commit to Your Yoga Practice

Here are some of the essential tips that I have learned that will support you in developing and building your commitment towards a healthier lifestyle.

The 21-Date Rule

Based on a study, it will take up to 21 days before you can form a new habit. Take your calendar and start formulating your schedule. Treat this as your much-needed ‘me’ time. Remember that you should treat yourself as the most significant person in the world. In case you can attend to your needs effectively, you will also be able to serve  others much better. When creating your schedule, avoid making it too cramped. Start with at least one or two sessions per week. Be kind and make your schedule very sustainable.

Finding a Buddy

Driving and practicing yoga will be a lot easier if you have a friend who is willing to take this journey with you. Your friend will help you keep your experience interesting, monitor your progress, keep you responsible and support you in creating a new habit.

Settle the Membership Fee

According to the study, we tend to appreciate the things that we already paid. When we acquire something in a discounted rate or at their special offer, we often say to ourselves that it would be okay if we did not get something out of it, what matters is that we did not lose a lot of money. Simply put, it is just okay for us to fail as long as it did not affect our financial state. We should not only value our financial assets, we should also place an importance on our energy and wellbeing. By paying the membership fee in full, you will be able to commit more fully on your yoga classes.

Visualization

Visualization is a method that is commonly used by entrepreneurs. However, it can also be used to make you committed to your yoga class. Simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Know your reason for joining a yoga class and visualize the result if you perform yoga on a regular basis. Make sure that you always visualize that result when you are taking a yoga class.

Follow some of these tips, and you will successfully create a new habit. There will come a time when going to a yoga class is no longer a matter of question but a way of life. It will be like brushing your teeth the moment you wake up in the morning.