Preparing for Delivery
When I'm practicing #upavishtakonasana, in my head I'm thinking "open, open, open"- like the old Mervyn's department store commercial from back in the day. This way of thinking helped me a lot during the painful sensations I felt with #endometriosis. Before my yoga practice, I would hold so much tension in my pelvic region. When pain was felt, I would hold my breath and pray that it would pass soon. Yoga taught me to breathe and to open, the pain level felt more manageable with just my breath alone, truly incredible. Carrying those practices with me throughout my pregnancy has helped me so much. Being in this last stage, a bit of fear and anxiety has come in, which I'm sure is completely normal and common. And again, yoga has been with me every step of the way, helping me feel strong and empowered, that I can do anything, even birth this little life growing inside of me. #Iyengar shares that this specific pose, including #BaddhaKonasana help strengthen the lower part of the spine, the sacrum, building up tolerance to pain, and maintaining the required suppleness to bear the strain. The variation I am performing is focused on extension, opening and lifting.
Source: Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood, Pgs. 70 & 187.