Kathy Duke, yoga teacher, shows the basics of prenatal yoga, specifically how to make side stretches.
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Hi, I am Kathy Duke. I teach prenatal classes at the Health Advantage Yoga Center. Now, we are going to do side stretches and shoulder rolls. Taking your left hand either along the hip or holding on to the side of your chair, on an inhale with the right arm lengthen upward. Let your sitting bone in hip stay firmly planted either on your mat or on the seat of your chair. As you breathe, feel the space between your ribs beginning to open and lift, taking the fingertips up and away from your hip. On an exhale, release, letting the right hand come all the way down. Pressing your right hand into the floor, next to your hip or holding on to the seat of the chair, inhale, lifting the left arm up. Keep the hip grounded, breathe and lengthen. Feel the openness that you create. Exhale and let the left arm come back down. Sitting with the tall spine, begin to lift the shoulders, drawing them up to the ears, sliding them back, down and around. Keep the spine tall, relaxing your throat, relaxing your jaw, do as many shoulder rolls as you need to, to help release the tightness and tension from the upper body. As you finish, bring the arm bones up and feel the shoulder blades resting comfortably on your upper back. And that’s how we release tension from the neck and the shoulder opening the side body to receive our breath. Next, we are going to stretch the spine and hips.