Now that you have your bundle of joy with you, your new life as a mother has begun. You desperately want to reclaim your life soon. Yoga is extremely beneficial in getting back the rhythm of your body. But it is best to start doing yoga after 6 months of delivery to avoid injuries and complications.
Here are 5 asanas to help you get back in shape.
Wide Legged Child Pose or Shashankasana:
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This asana is beneficial in toning your thighs and glutes, and helps to relieve stress in your body. Sit in the Rock pose and start stretching your knees apart as far as possible while keeping your toes joined. Now, lower your body while exhaling slowly so that your forehead touches the mat, stretch your arms straight in front of you. Hold the position for 10 seconds. Come back to the starting position while inhaling gently.
Tiger Pose or Vyaghrasana:
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This asana is extremely beneficial in strengthening your pelvic muscles, toning your legs, arms and shoulders. Get up on your hands and knees. Raise your left knee and bring it in towards the chest while bending your head in. Do this while exhaling. Now take your raised knee backwards to stretch your leg and raise your head up. Inhale while doing this. Hold for 4 seconds, come back to the starting position and repeat it with the other leg.
Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana:
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This asana helps in firming the buttocks, toning the abdomen, arms and shoulder. It also strengthens the spine and improves blood and oxygen circulation to the pelvic region. Lie flat on your stomach on the yoga mat. Put your hands on the mat just under your shoulder and lift your chest up from the mat while inhaling. Keep your feet joined and fixed to the floor at all times. Stretch your back as much as possible without hurting yourself and form a nice arc with your back. Hold the pose for 10 seconds while breathing normally and exhale while lowering your body to the mat.
Camel Pose or ushtrasana:
Good for an aching back and shoulders, this pose also helps to tone abdomen, chest and arms muscles. Kneel on the yoga mat with your knees width apart with your feet resting flat on the floor. Place your hands on the hips and tilt back slowly while inhaling. Now place your arms on your heels one at a time and keep your arms straight. Hold the position for 10 to 20 seconds while breathing normally; come back to the starting position while exhaling.
Triangle Pose or Trikonasana:
This asana is good for losing belly fat and improving balance and strengthening lower body, arms and chest. Stand straight on the yoga mat with your feet at least 4 feet apart. Turn your right foot by 90 degrees and bend your body to the right side from the hips and touch your right feet with your right hand while raising your left hand straight in the air. Maintain balance on both feet and breathe normally. Hold the position for 10 seconds and come up to the starting position while inhaling. Repeat it on the other side.
Word of caution though, wait for first post-natal checkup and definitely consult your doctor before going ahead with your exercise routine.