The second trimester of pregnancy is a great time to practice prenatal yoga. If you’re like I was, this is when you might get that bounce back in your step after a rough first trimester and feel ready to get back to your mat. There are a ton of awesome free prenatal yoga videos on YouTube, most of which are most likely geared at the second trimester. Here are five poses that I liked to practice when I was pregnant. Once you learn the poses, pair them with some nice yoga music and enjoy some “you” time with your growing baby! (Just a note: If you’ve never done yoga before, find an in-person prenatal yoga class in your area with a qualified teacher to learn these poses.)
This was by far my favorite pose to use to warm up. …
Whether you want to tune into your chakras or to simply shake your booty, music can help you get there. Music during yoga practice can inspire, invigorate, calm, or soothe. Quick vibrations and inspiring lyrics can lift your spirits, while low tones and chanting may help draw your focus inward.
Try using music during only part of your practice. Sun salutations can be a nice time to turn on music and help you move in a creative flow, letting go of stress and structure often found in our workday or life responsibilities. Music later in your practice could aid you in finding energy and drive for standing strength and balance postures. Try turning the music off for your cool-down and savasana, allowing your mind to truly turn inward.
Listening to new music will keep your practice fresh and help keep you coming back to your mat. Every so often, try practicing to a new style or piece of music that you wouldn’t normally listen to. Observe how it feels with non-judgment. Being open to new possibilities and getting out of routine improves openness and flexibility of mind. If you don’t like it, the risk is small. You can go back to your favorite songs tomorrow. Be open to the possibility that stepping out of your comfort zone might bring something wonderful to your life or quite possibly provide you with new insight into yourself.
What do you listen to? Post your favorite yoga grooves in the comments section below.