But in prenatal yoga, holding a pose for a minute takes on a whole new meaning. Naturally, it's more challenging to hold a pose as strong as a Warrior, when you have a growing baby and weight in your upper body. However, holding a pose for one minute, learning to breathe into your discomfort and past your mental edge is the best training there is for labor. Why? Because the average length of a contraction is also one minute.
This is not to suggest your prenatal yoga workout needs to be a grueling series of holds, and if you are newer to yoga or later in your pregnancy, it may be necessary to use some props and modifications to keep yourself safe.But try practicing just a few warrior holds for at least a minute, whether in a class, or in you rhome practice. It's possibly the best way to get comfortable with using an intentional breath to calm yourself from within, to get out of your head, breath into challenge, and know that there is always an end to your suffering--so you can enjoy the ride.