Second Trimester Yoga:
This trimester is usually termed as the golden period. You will start gaining back your energy and your morning sickness, wooziness, nausea, and etc… that you had in your first trimester will come to a stop in this 2nd trimester. Your baby bump starts showing up and you will get all the positive attention of being pregnant. Yoga in this trimester increases the progesterone levels of pregnant women thus soothing your muscles and improving your digestion.
Avoid inversion poses in this trimester. Below are some of the safe poses for your second trimester.
1.The Side Leg Raise
This asana is also called as Vishnuasana/Anantasana. It is derived from the two Sanskrit words “Ananta”, “Asana” which means “The infinite one” and “Posture” respectively.
Way To Do:
1. Lie on your right and place your left leg on the top of your right.
2. Support your head using your right arm.
3. Place your left hand either on your hip or on your baby bump. Gradually raise your left leg upwards vertically as much as possible. Stay in this pose for 10 seconds.
4. Further, lower your left leg to its normal position and repeat this asana 5-6 times.
5. Repeat the same with the right leg by sleeping on the other side(left).
This asana relaxes your hamstrings. It gives a good stretch and flexibility to your inner thighs as well as your abdomen.
1. Keep the knee straight while performing this exercise.
2. Perform this asana in a slow and controlled fashion.
2.The Warrior Pose
This asana is also called as “Virabhadrasana”, the asana of the mythical warrior named ‘Virabhadra’.
Way To Do:
1. Start by standing and placing your feet 40 inches apart.
2. Turn your right foot completely outwards.
3. Inhale – Raise and place your hands to the shoulder level.
4. Exhale – Bend your right knee and extend your left leg.
5. Repeat the same with the other foot.
It strengthens the muscles in your back, ankles, knees, and shoulders. This exercise boosts your self-esteem and confidence.
If you have any injuries related to your hip, knees, back or shoulders then avoid this pose.
If you have any balance difficulties then avoid this pose.