Yoga Mama Gives Tips on Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Several locations throughout the state offer prenatal yoga.

Photo by Rupert Whiteley.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in May 2016.

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.”

Photo by Rupert Whiteley.

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:

❱❱ Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave., Cranston, 632-0878, bodykneads.yoga

❱❱ Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket, 722-9876, breathingtimeyoga.com

❱❱ Bristol Yoga Studio, 13R State St., Bristol, 216-9642, bristolyogastudio.com

❱❱ Open Circle Rhode Island, 410 North Broadway, East Providence, 338-5466, opencircleri.com

❱❱ Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr., Cranston, 463-3335, raffayoga.com

 

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