Some time ago, before I qualified as a pregnancy yea teacher myself, my lovely yogi friend Louise aka The Yoga Cook created a series of prenatal yoga poses or breathing exercises to help you to connect with your chakras during your pregnancy.
The third chakra – known as the solar plexus chakra – focuses on personal power. Circular movements connect us to nature. In a natural birth a baby comes out in a spiral movement. It is great to practice circular movements in pregnancy as they are flowing, feminine and babies love them.
In standing position with feet just wider than your hips and knees slightly bent, circle through the pelvis creating rhythmical movements as you breathe deeply. Take a few circles in one direction and then in the other. You could also try figures of 8.
It is soothing to do this with eyes closed if you feel balanced, and with your hands holding your belly.
Sit and scoop – This is a great exercise to encourage your baby to move head down. Lower the bottom as though you are going to sit into a chair with the weight in your heels to protect the knees. Then as you come to standing scoop you pelvis under and forward. Repeat several times. If you are in later pregnancy, all the standing exercises can be done using a wall for support.