Prenatal Yoga – Tree Pose

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Yoga teacher Kathy Duke demonstrates how to do the tree pose.

    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, I am Kathy Duke, I teach prenatal yoga at the Health Advantage Yoga Center in Herndon, Virginia. Today, we are doing prenatal yoga.

    Remember to consult with your doctor or healthcare practitioner before starting yoga or any other form of exercise.

    Today, we are going to learn tree pose. Use a chair for balance if you prefer. We will start in mountain pose. With the heels aligned just below the hip, spine lifted, let your weight shift to your right leg and bend your left knee letting your left foot rest on your right inner thigh, anywhere that you like. Then, bring the palms together in front of your heart, take a deep breath, draw everything in towards your center, and on an inhale, let the arms lift up, opening the hips and the chest.

    On an exhale, release the arms and the legs. Come back to mountain pose for a breath. Feel your weight shifting to the left leg letting the right knee bend. On an inhale, lift your right foot resting it anywhere on the inner thigh that you like. Take the arms overhead, feeling your breath moving down into the belly and pressing your standing leg into the floor.

    On an exhale, release the arms down coming back to mountain pose. And thats how we do tree pose. Next, I am going to show you how to do squats.