Yoga Mama Gives Tips on Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Several locations throughout the state offer prenatal yoga.



Linda Sparrowe with mom-to-be Holly Vine

Photography by Rupert Whiteley

The American Pregnancy Association recommends prenatal yoga for women with low-risk pregnancies. We caught up with Linda Sparrowe, a Rhode Island-based yoga instructor and author of Yoga Mama: The Practitioner’s Guide to Prenatal Yoga, for some of her favorite de-stressing poses for moms-to-be.

Alternate nostril breathing. “It helps reset the parasympathetic nervous system.”

Standing poses, including warrior poses. “They help when you’re so anxious you can’t get out of your own way. If yoga can bring us deeper into our intuition and quiet the doubting mind, we have a better opportunity to have a birthing experience that’s best for us and our baby.”

“Yoga for you can be ten minutes of child’s pose — done. It doesn’t have to be this big commitment.”

“Cat/cow is so good for the baby. It’s a nice way for her to get into position.”

“Hella squats, honey.”
 

 

Sparrowe also recommends practicing in person. “It really is nice to be in a place where you’re not the only pregnant person,” she says. “A mindful prenatal class will have elements of sharing in it, as well as the wisdom of a teacher who has been through it herself.”

A few places that offer prenatal yoga:
❱❱ All That Matters, 315 Main St., South Kingstown, 782-2126, allthatmatters.com
❱❱ Bellani Maternity, 1276 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick, 822-9900, bellanimaternity.com
❱❱ Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket, 722-9876, breathingtimeyoga.com
❱❱ Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd., East Greenwich, 398-2616, laughingelephantyoga.com
❱❱ Motion Center: Mom and Baby, 1005 Main St. suite 8116, Pawtucket, 654-6650, motioncenter.com

 

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