In our society of "go" and "more," perhaps the most important part of taking care of ourselves after having a baby is taking it slowly.
We succumb to the energy around us, and even our bodies are conditioned to want to move to release stress or anxiety. Many of our muscles go to sleep in a sense to allow for the stretching of the body to support the growing baby. If we can begin to slow down, breathe deeply, and hold well-aligned yoga postures for an extended period of time, we can begin to heal and reconnect to our bodies.
It is when we push too far too fast after delivery, when many muscles of the body are not awake just yet, that we develop compensatory patterns where muscles that are not meant to be working must work to support us and those that should be working remain asleep.
These next few yoga postures can be held for up to 15 breaths. They will awaken and strengthen the body in some of the areas mamas need it most!