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Yoga in pregnancy: Many poses are safer than once thought

December 29, 2015

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Marlynn Wei, MD, JD, Contributing Editor

Marlynn Wei, MD, JD is a board-certified psychiatrist, certified yoga teacher, and co-author of the upcoming Harvard Health book, Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga. She writes for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She shares … See Full Bio
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Mekky .S
January 7, 2016

Great info, I know several women who have practiced yoga throughout their pregnancies; but I think it’s like most other things – you should do what you are comfortable with, and talk with your doctor about it. Generally, if you are a regular practioner, do all things in moderation.

January 2, 2016

I wonder if the evidence from a single yoga session for a group of pregnant women with no other health issues can be enough to support the conclusion that all the poses listed are “safe,” point blank. Is there no chance that regular repetition of these poses could pose problems in a woman’s pregnancy over time? Perhaps a discussion of the verbal cues and props/modifications (if any) used in the session and the timing/sequencing as it compares to typical prenatal sessions would lend some weight to the argument. I am disturbed by the cavalier wording in this Harvard Medical review, which shows no insight into the subtle mechanics of timing, sequencing, and alignment of led asana.

December 31, 2015

Thanks for share its nice article about yoga for me

Marlynn Wei, MD, JD
January 3, 2016

Wonderful to hear this– thanks for reading!

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