Learn the eagle pose for prenatal yoga from fitness expert Cait Morth in this Howcast workout video.
We’re going to show you how to do eagle pose. It’s a great pose to stretch out the back of the body and the back of the arms. However, once you’re pregnant you’re not going to be adding in the eagle legs, you’ll just be doing the arms. Vicky is going to inhale her arms out to the sides and as she exhales cross her right arm over her left arm. And see if she can touch palm to palm. From here drop the shoulders down, lift the elbows up and very gently take the hands away from the face. Very nice. And now if she wants to increase the stretch here, she can drop her chin towards her chest. And very gently draw the arms forward and down towards the floor a little bit so the upper back rounds. A little bit more, a little bit more, a little bit more. Very good. And just breathing gently here, not trying to stretch too deeply into the muscles or into the joints, keeping it gentle. And then starting with the head, reaching the fingertips forward and up, she’ll slowly lift her head, lift her arms, bring her spine back to vertical. And then inhale opening the arms nice and wide. Exhale, left arm over right, and take palm to palm. Do it again, dropping the shoulders, lifting the elbows, taking the hands gently away from the face. And if she wants to stretch a little deeper, draw the chin into the chest, reach the hands forward and slightly down towards the floor, letting the upper back round. This is really going to allow your shoulder blades to separate letting all these tight muscles across your upper back stretch out. When she’s ready to come up, gently lift the head, reach the fingertips forward and up. And then open the arms nice and wide as you inhale and relax them down. It’s a great pose for your upper back to stretch. So whenever you’re feeling a little tight there, go ahead and take an eagle arm stretch.