Yoga with Care

A little yoga a day will keep the doctor away…

Fire up your core this winter

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As a yoga instructor who works with many moms, I find that the most common area mamas want to focus on is strengthening the core. After childbirth, the abdominal muscles get stretched so much that many women find it difficult to get rid of the “pooch”, even after losing the baby weight. I find that Navasana (or boat pose) is a great way to tone the abs, strengthen the lower back and rebuild the integrity of the pelvic floor. Here’s a version where you can cuddle with your baby and tighten your midsection at the same time!

Start by having your baby snuggly in your lap facing away from you. Make sure you’re firmly on your sit-bones with your feet planted on the floor. With a flat back, lean back until you’re on the edge of your sit-bones and tailbone, feeling your abs engage. When you feel steady, lift up your legs so that your shins are parallel to the floor. Cradle baby with your arms or extend them to either side of your legs, parallel to each other and the floor. Inhale and exhale for up to 10 counts. Repeat as many times as you’d like. Tickle baby’s feet to make the time go by faster. 🙂

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Author: loveyogi1

Cui is a certified yoga and meditation teacher based in NY/NJ, specializing in Pre/Postnatal, Mom & Baby Yoga and breath work. She completed her 200-hour training with ISHTA Yoga and will have her advanced 500-hour certification in summer 2015. She also holds certifications in Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Her formal education includes a B.A in Communication and Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University. Aside from sharing her passion for yoga, she has spent more than 8 years studying consumer behavior in the media field. Cui hopes to inspire others with her teaching: Her classes emphasize body awareness while moving with the breath. She is grateful to her supportive teachers for sharing their wisdom: Jean Koerner, Yogiraj Alan Finger and other senior teachers at ISHTA. The birth of her daughter has fostered Cui's love for teaching prenatal yoga and working with babies. She credits her quick and easy deliver to the incredible strength that her yoga practice has helped build. She believes in the importance of involving the youngsters in our yoga practice from an early age and showing them how fun it can be. Currently Cui teaches meditation and leads Mommy & Me yoga groups in Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ. If you're interested in private, group or corporate classes, please inquire at: Certifications: 200-Hour ISHTA Yoga 300-Hour ISHTA Yoga (Summer 2015) Prenatal Yoga Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra Forza

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