amazing instructor Ruah Bhay
In the early nineties, when Mommy got sick with cancer, she started to turn to a healthier lifestyle, and began Yoga. Because I was always with my mommy at the time, at the age of twelve, I was practicing Yoga right alongside with her. As I grew older, and into my own life, I stopped doing yoga, but then when I hit my early twenties, I began again. The benefits of Yoga are amazing. Not only does it physically help you, but I feel such a sense of calm and wellness as I do it. Anyway, after finding out about Little Mr. DE, Yoga Works, blessed me with a free prenatal yoga session, and I must say that’s just what the doctor ordered. Many of my friends practice at Yoga Works and have given it rave reviews so I was really excited about going. The location I went to was in Soho although Yoga Works has a few other spots throughout the city. My instructor was Ruah Bhay. It’s so important to feel comfortable with your instructor, and I immediately loved her. Her voice, spirit and energy were all so comforting and warm. My session was an hour (although it was going so great that it went way too fast for me), and during the hour, Ruah taught me so many positions. Ones that I really liked were the Balsana Child pose which relieves tension in hips and back, soothes the mind and restores energy to the body. When you’re 7 months pregnant, back pain is a common problem, and this position really helped alleviate the stress on my back. We also did the Seated Cow, which helps create space in the spine and hips and stimulate the mammary glands to prepare for breast milk, (I plan to breast feed my little squirrel) and to improve the immune system. All in all, the poses I did helped me feel amazing. When I walked out of the place, I hadn’t felt that good, well since before my pregnancy. Ruah is a great instructor, and Yogaworks is a place that I will def be making another prenatal yoga appt for.
Balasana Child’s Pose (1 minute)
Big toes to touch, knees as wide as your torso (or wider for tight hips), point your toes.
Lower the forehead to the floor or onto a block.
Extend your arms to straight reaching your hands as far forward as you can.
Hands shoulder distance apart, fingers spread wide, palms flat and pressing down into the floor.
Lift the arms up as you press the hands down.
Inhale, find length in the spine
Exhale, find depth in the pose.
Seated Cat/Cow. (1-5 minutes)
Still seated on the blankets place the soles of the feet together about a foot from your pelvis, knees out to the side and hands onto your shins with straight arms.
Inhale, open the chest and draw the shoulder blades down the back.
Exhale, round the spine spreading the shoulders on the back and tucking the chin into the chest.
Add one arm lifting up on the inhale and lowering on the exhale and then switching.
Add both arms.
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For more info on Ruah log on to her page at http://ruahyoga.blogspot.com/ or follow her on twitter @ruahyoga
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