Seated side stretch: inhale deeply and bring arms up, then exhale and bring right hand to the ground. Stretch your left arm to the right and then switch sides. Repeat this movement three times with full, deep breaths.
Cat Stretch: Safely position yourself on your hands and knees (keep your knees under your hips and place hands directly under your shoulders). Inhale and look out in front o your while bringing your spine to table and hugging your baby (using your abs to “hug” your baby). Exhale and round your spine while bringing your chin to your chest. Push the floor away from you to open and stretch your back and shoulders.
Child’s Pose: open your knees wider than your hips and bring your big toes to touch. Gently rock your hips back to rest on your heels while bringing your forehead down to the ground. Take a few deep breaths while trying to relax your hips and moving them closer down to your heels. At the same time, lengthen your breath and spine. Stay in this posistion for at least three long inhalations and exhalations.
Goddess Pose: Make your stance wider and open your feet so that your toes point out. Make sure your knees are pointed in the same direction as your toes when you bend them. Inhale deeply, bring your arms up and palms together to a prayer position and exhale. Bring your hands together in front of your heart and bend your knees. Hold the pose while hugging your baby and breathing deeply. Repeat this sequence at least three times, remembering to move slowly and with awareness.
Reclined Cobbler Pose: Adjust pillows and blankets to create an angle that is most comfortable for you. Find a supportive seated position while reclining on the pillows. Bring the soles of your feet together and open your knees out. You can place a pillow under each knee or leg for support. Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and relax.
*Photo Credit: Laura DeAngelis Photography