One out of seven babies is said to be born preterm. Yoga can help you ease the whole process of labour by practising moves that relax your abdominal and hip muscles. Just a few gentle motions and breathing techniques are all you need to practice to have a healthy labour. Akshar, Founder & Course Director, Akshar Yoga shares four yoga poses to prevent premature delivery.
Baddha Konasana (Cobbler Pose): Begin by sitting erect, stretch your legs out and must be parallel to each other. Bend knees inside so that the soles of the feet are together. Move both the feet inwards so that it is touching your groin region. Try and rest your knee on the ground. Inhale getting into the posture. Follow a balanced continuous breathing pattern. Stay in the pose for 1-5 minutes.
Balasana (Extended Baby Pose): Start with a comfortable seated position. Inhale and raise arms above head. Exhale and bend your upper body forward. Extend your arms and place your palms in front of you. Touch your forehead to the mat. Arms and head should lie in line with the trunk. Pelvis should rest on the heels. Inhale when raising arms and exhale when lowering the body.
Pranam Asana - The Prayer Pose: Stand erect with the feet held together. Bring the two hands together and the palms touching each other at the chest level. Look straight ahead. Breathe in normally. This will give a sense of relaxation.
Prasarita Padasana: Start off with your feet spread wide apart parallel to your shoulders. Bend slightly at the knees and bend sideways. While bending sideways arch your hands sideways. Repeat the same on the opposite side.