Prenatal Yoga – Hip Circles

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Yoga teacher Kathy Duke demonstrates how to do hip circles, a good exercise to do as you approach labor that lets the baby move down into the pelvic canal.

    Kathy Duke

    Kathy's love of yoga began when she started taking classes nearly 10 years ago. In 2000, she completed the Health Advantage Yoga Center Teacher Training Program with Betsey Downing and Doug Keller. Since then, she has studied with Kaustaub Desikachar, David Frawley, John Friend, JJ Gormley, Judith Lasater and Erich Schiffman and has completed prenatal courses. An Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, Kathy Duke also holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine. Her teaching experience includes leading classes and individual sessions in the corporate environment, health clubs, studios and in-home, she has volunteered as an EMT and instructed CPR and first aid certifications. After earning a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has worked in the health and fitness industry for more than seventeen years. Kathy's comprehensive style emphasizes alignment and form of yoga postures, and integrates breathing and relaxation techniques into classes. Kathy is sensitive to the needs of beginers and accomodates those with more experience. Kathy currently teaches classes and workshops at the Health Advantage Yoga Studio in Herndon, VA and The Women's Club in Chantilly, VA and presents yoga seminars in the Northern Virginia area.

    Hi, my name is Kathy Duke. I teach prenatal yoga at the Health Advantage Yoga Center in Herndon, Virginia. Today, we are doing prenatal yoga. Remember to check with your doctor before practicing yoga or any other form of exercise.

    We are going to do hip circles. These can be done in a standing position, they can be seated on the floor, you can also sit in a chair.

    Starting with your spine lifted comfortably, begin to move the hip in a clockwise direction. If you are standing, the knees can be softly bent and you can make your circles large or small.

    Try to do about six circles in one direction and then coming to a center point, pause briefly and reverse the direction of your circle. These are wonderful for helping to release tension from the hip and the lower back.

    They even are good as you approach labor letting the baby move down into the pelvic canal. Keep your breathing even and smooth. And after your sixth cycle, gently wind your hips coming back to center and thats how we release the hips and the lower back with hip circles.

    Next, we are going to do tree pose.