Ask a Yogi – What if I’m pregnant? What is Surya Namaska? I’m a runner, what now?

What kind of yoga poses can pregnant people do? Am I limited?

WELL WELL WELL I just happen to be 6 months pregnant! What I have found is that every “body” and every pregnancy is different. What works for one person may not work for another. My personal experience is that I am very limited! Shocking blow to my psyche! I did and do not feel good doing much beyond the simple external poses like triangle and ardha chandrasana and warrior two and then some stretches and a little inversion time. At times I enjoyed modified sun salutes. But I also have had pregnant students who practice up to 2 weeks before birth who say that yoga saved them and it felt amazing. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY and what it needs.

Try one of our prenatal yoga classes on MyYogaWorks

What are the right techniques and benefits of doing Surya Namaskar?

 I loooove sun salutes! They set the tone for your practice bc there is a specific breath count so the mind immediate must focus on the breath count and had the opportunity to begin to quiet. Te postures and movements in the sun salutes contain every aspect of the asana practice to come! There are forward folds, back bends, inversions, shoulder openers, hamstring openers, hip and psoase openers as well as endurance and strength building. They literally warm up everything! Last but not least they are delicious! They allow you to experience the joy of movement!
Should I do yoga before or after running?
Before or after or both. Yoga is a wonderful complement to running. Runners tend to get stiff in their hamstrings, hips and upper back so yoga is a wonderful way to stretch and open these areas. Some runners experience joint and ligament mobility problems and yoga is a safe and effective way to strengthen these areas that can degenerate over time and help with injury prevention.
Here is a great online yoga video specifically for runners!

Ask a Yogi Questions were answered by YogaWorks instructor Jesse Schein

jesse schein online yoga instructor photo by fluid frame

Jesse Schein believes that yoga allows others to tap into their inner strength, connect more with themselves and LAUGH!  In Jesse’s classes, she teaches people to let go of the things that are holding them back and build courage and kindness towards themselves and others.  Visit Jesse’s website, take Jesse’s online yoga classes or public classes at YogaWorks in Santa Monica, or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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