So yea, I’m totally sore and tight. I had no idea how taxing having a baby could be on your body (eh hem, beyond the actually giving birth part that is). I knew my arms would probably get a bit sore from carrying a baby - yea, that’s a story. I think it was one of the first time I held a baby, and it was for a gal at church at one of our community groups. I think she was glad to get her hands free because I held that baby a long time, but I was so nervous and was holding so tightly that my arms were sore for days afterwards. Haha!
But back to what I was just saying…oh yea, I was complaining about being sore. But seriously, guys, my shoulders, back, legs, neck are all sore – actually, I should really say what’s not sore!
I’ve been doing yoga on and off for a few years now, so I’m still a beginner. But I’ve picked up some moves from my yoga classes. I really enjoyed my prenatal/postnatal yoga class. I haven’t really done much yoga since Caleb has gotten more active and doesn’t sleep like a newborn anymore. However, I did just sign up for a mom and baby yoga class here in Tacoma. I’m curious to see how Caleb does in a yoga class with me. I fear that he might be too needy and I won’t get any benefit from it. But if anything, though, it’ll be quality time to spend together and maybe I’ll meet some new mom friends in the process.
I wanted to share some of the poses and stretches that I wrote down from the yoga class. Please remember that I’m still a beginner so my form may not be perfect and I might not be calling the pose as an instructor would. Also, I am not a professional nor a doctor, so please be sure you’ve got the green light from the doctor before doing any yoga or exercise.
When doing these, I suggest keeping the pose for at least 30 seconds or longer. Take a break between with baby pose or laying flat on your back.
- Baby Pose – Arms out in front, legs in a wide V
- Table Top – Keep your back flat, pull your tummy up & in
- Cat Cow – Arch your back up and then down
- Arm/Leg Extension – Extend arm and lift your opposite leg
- Arm Up/Leg Out – Extend leg out perpendicular, lift arm up
- Arm Under – From above pose, bring your arm down and under
- Baby pose for a break
- Pelvic Lifts – Lie on your back, and lift your pelvis up & tuck your arms under
- Clam – Lie on your side, lift knee but keep your heels connected. Bring your knee up & down
- Lie Flat for a break
- Tree – Stand straight, bring your foot to your thigh or calf, try to balance
- Pigeon – Bring your leg up towards your chest, and lie down
- Forward Bend – Legs spread out, bend forward
- Warrior 2 – One leg forward and bent, the other leg straight out, your body facing outward, arm out
- Triangle – From Warrior 2, lean down with arm opposite of bent leg and put your other arm up
- Squat – Squat down with arms pushing out at knees
- Eagle Arms – Cross one arm over the other, palms face each other (like a twist)
- Downward Dog – Butt up, slight bend in knees, push down on heels
- Baby pose or lie flat to relax
Take it easy and be nice to yourself! Don’t stress and if you can only fit a few minutes in, that’s still awesome. Comment and share if you have any great stretches/poses, or if you’ve found other ways to work out those sore muscles!!