The cervix is a female reproductive organ located in the abdominal cavity between the vagina and the uterus. During pregnancy, the cervix protects the fetus and stays tightly closed until just before and during labor. Performing specific restorative yoga poses just before childbirth will support the natural opening of the cervix. Consult your doctor before performing new exercises.
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Supported Reclining Pose
To perform supported reclining pose, you will need a yoga bolster and four blankets. Come to a seated position and place the bolster near your tailbone. Lay your back on the bolster and place a folded blanket under your head. Place a rolled blanket under your things and arms. Fully relax into the pose and focus on your breath. Allow your breath to become calm and steady and then focus on your baby, sharing the relaxing feeling. Stay in this pose for up to 20 minutes.
Reclining Cross-Legged Pose
To perform reclining cross-legged pose, you will need a yoga bolster and five blankets. Lay your back onto the bolster with a pillow under your head. Place a rolled blanket under each knee and arm. Focus on your breath and allow your body to become fully relaxed into the pose. Stay here for up to 20 minutes, sharing this relaxing and supported feeling with your baby.
Reclining Heroine Pose
To perform reclining heroine pose, you will need a yoga bolster and three to four blankets. Come to a seated kneeling position with your buttocks between your heels. Bring the bolster to touch your tailbone and relax your upper back with one or two folded blankets under your head. Place a folded blanket under each arm and stay in the pose for up to five minutes.
Side-Lying Relaxation Pose
To perform side-lying relaxation pose, you will need three pillows. Lay on your right side with a pillow under your head, under your right arm, and in-between your knees. Stay here for up to 20 minutes, focusing on relaxing and letting everything go. Repeat this position while lying on your left side.
- "Gray's Anatomy"; Henry Gray; 1901 & 1977
- "Relax and Renew"; Judith Lasater, PhD., P.T., 1995