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Expert Prenatal Yoga Tips that Translate to Labor

By michellehorton |

I’ve often said that prenatal yoga was the most important preparation I had for labor.

The breathing techniques, meditative exercises, overall body awareness — not to mention the actual physical strengthening.

I’m not the only one who knows that yoga and labor can go hand-in-hand. Sarah Longacre is a yogi and founder of Blooma yoga and educational centers, and she’s also a doula who assisted in over 550 births.

We asked her for her best prenatal yoga tips, and how they translate to labor:

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Expert Prenatal Yoga and Labor Tips

Strike Goddess Pose

"This pose allows moms-to-be to go deeper with their inner goddess and baby. It also strengthens legs and opens hips, so it’s an ideal pose to practice in preparation for childbirth."

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3 thoughts on “Expert Prenatal Yoga Tips that Translate to Labor

  1. Tanya A says:

    I love this post! I took prenatal yoga throughout my pregnancy, and I found it incredibly helpful during my very long labor and delivery. I had a much keener awareness of my body and baby and how they moved together, and that made me feel confident. The breathing techniques were also invaluable–they got me through many of my contractions!
    I’m now doing a post-partem yoga class with my baby, and we love it!

  2. Deena Blumenfeld RYT, RPYT, LCCE says:

    Well written, and beautifully illustrated post! Blooma’s classes look a lot like the Prenatal Yoga classes I teach. I’ve shared this post with my students.

  3. Amy says:

    Just be careful, ladies–I’m in my last month and have developed SPD (pelvic separation at the front). If I did *any* of those squatting/spread leg positions, I wouldn’t be able to walk for the rest of the month! So, don’t push yourself into any of these positions if you’re getting pain down low at the front. I have Shiva Rea’s pregnancy yoga video from around 2000, and it is very gentle and doesn’t have 3rd trimester women do any moves like that.

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