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10 Yoga Poses for New Moms & Dads

Caring for a baby or a toddler is rough on your body. These ten yoga poses can help you bounce back and help you keep up with your newest family member!

Has holding your baby or chasing your toddler around been taking its toll on your body? All of that bending and lifting is hard work! The yoga poses below are aimed at a few of the problem areas that come with caring for babies and toddlers:

  • opening your chest and strengthening your back – Getting down on their level and carrying them all over tightens those chest muscles. Several of the poses focus on stretching the chest muscles while strengthening your upper back.
  • strengthening arms, legs, and core – Sometimes it feels like my son gets bigger faster than I gain strength.
  • stretching arms and legs – Do you get sore from lifting your kiddo all day long? Almost all of the poses below help stretch arm and/or leg muscles to give you some natural relief
  • relieving fatigue – Caring for a baby and toddler can be an exercise in sleep deprivation. When a nap is out of the question, try some of the fatigue-relieving poses to help clear those cobwebs. Obviously, you still need to sleep.

The trouble for any new parent, of course, is finding the time for self care. I remember the utter exhaustion of new motherhood. That feeling that there’s just no time to do anything for yourself. It was hard to sneak beneficial self care into my routine, and I often opted to do chores rather than care for myself.

Yoga Poses and Self Care: Finding the Time

One thing that helped my husband and I work self care back into our lives was setting a loose schedule.

On certain days, my husband takes our son out on errands, to the park, or to the museum so that I can catch up on freelance work, sneak in some yoga poses, and maybe even take a blessed nap. Other days I return the favor. How you divvy the week up depends on your schedule, but it’s worth pulling out a calendar and having a family meeting if it gets you some precious time for self care.

Related Reading: Is co-sleeping dangerous?

This tradeoff saved our sanity. It may sound like a no-brainer to some parents, but it took our exhaustion-addled brains a few months to sort out.

10 Yoga Poses for New Moms and Dads

10 Yoga Poses for New Moms and Dads

Bridge pose opens the chest, strengthens your core, and eases fatigue. See the video at the top of the page for details on how to do this beneficial pose!

 

1. Bridge Pose

This posture opens the chest, strengthens your core, and eases fatigue. See the top of the page for the bridge pose video.

2. Sphinx Pose

Open your chest and strengthen that upper back!

3. Downward Dog

This is one of my all-time favorite yoga poses. It stretches and strengthens the legs and arms, opens the chest, and strengthens your back. I also find it very rejuvenating.

4. Plank

Plank is one of the more strenuous yoga poses on this list, but it’s so worth the sweat. It strengthens your arms, back and core.

5. Dolphin Pose

Dolphin is also on the more strenuous side, but it’s so beneficial for building upper body strength!

6. Side Plank

This balancing posture strengthens your arms and core while centering your mind. Finding that balance is difficult but so good for you and – by extension – your growing family.

7. Reclined Spinal Twist

This is another one of my favorite yoga poses. It eases anxiety and fatigue while gently stretching your legs, arms, and chest.

8. Garland Pose

This leg-stretching and strengthening posture trains your body so you can play on the floor with your baby now and into toddlerhood.

9. Chair Pose

Get ready to sweat a little bit as you strengthen your legs, core, and upper back while opening those chest muscles.

10. Corpse Pose

No yoga sequence is complete without savasana, or corpse pose, at the end. Corpse pose may feel like it’s doing very little, but it eases anxiety and fatigue while giving your mind and body a chance to absorb the benefits from the yoga poses you just practiced. New parents, let’s get real: you’re exhausted. Enjoy this nice, long meditation! I won’t tell anyone if you sneak in a few precious minutes of sleep in this posture!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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6:27PM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

noted, thanks.

7:19AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

thanks

4:13PM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

Thank you :)

12:50PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

thanks

7:07AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

thanks for good article

11:20PM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

8:24PM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

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6:33AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

Thank you

4:15PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

8:47AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Nice recommendations, but in bridge pose, the hands should be turned so the fingers are under the body, not the thumbs or you could injure them.

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