How does this one pose, shoulderstand, do all of that? During fertility and pregnancy, the importance of the thyroid gland cannot be overstated. The thyroid hormones are critical for the development of the fetal and neonatal brain. A deficiency in the secretions of the thyroid gland can result in miscarriage. It is key during the first three months of pregnancy to practice yoga poses that support a healthy thyroid gland.
Benefits of Shoulderstand:
- Tones and revitalizes the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
- Improves blood supply to spinal nerves.
- Relieves the pain of varicose veins.
- Balances metabolism of literally every cell in the body.
- Stretches away any stress held in the neck and shoulders.
- Helps to relieve mental sluggishness and promotes clearer thinking.
For women who have practiced yoga prior to pregnancy, can enjoy practicing shoulderstand up until the fifth month of pregnancy.
For women who haven’t practiced yoga before, it is advised to practice shoulder-stand against a wall or the alternative, legs up the wall.
No new exercises or sudden movements should be introduced during the first trimester as this is the implementation stage of the fetus. A trained prenatal yoga instructor can help guide you into what is safe for you.
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