Roasted chestnuts immune boosting, rich in calcium, B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, gluten free.
Roasted chestnuts immune boosting, rich in calcium, B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, gluten free
Fresh 10 chestnuts
Wash chestnuts under the cold water. Don’t dry. Pierce a cross through each nut with a sharp knife. Place on a heated baking tray in the centre of fan assisted oven heated up to 190/200c. Roast 10-12 minutes. Once baked allow them to cool down for a few minutes before peeling and devouring them.
Our pregnancy yoga teacher Sarah Burgess explains what pregnant women can expect to gain from yoga in each of the three trimesters of pregnancy.
In the First Trimester *, yoga can help women in the following ways:
To rest, relax and slow down
Specific postures can help the foetus to implant
Using positive mantras can help relieve anxiety regarding possible miscarriage
Deep relaxation and pranayama can be very beneficial in helping women to relax their bodies and minds, and in stabilising hormonal fluctuations and mood swings
It can provide physical and emotional support in adapting to all of the changes occurring in their bodies and in their lives
It can help women to self-nurture during this very important early stage of pregnancy when they will often feel exhausted and also possibly very nauseous
It can help women to create both physical and mental space for baby
In the Second Trimester, yoga can help women in the following ways:
To build strength and flexibility in their bodies
To both tone and develop elasticity in their pelvic floor
To become more in touch with their bodies and to make friends with their pelvis
Pranayama exercises help women to begin connecting with and working with their breath and to expand their breathing capacity. This is beneficial for both the mother and baby, and also is very calming for the mind and the body
To relieve a number of common ailments associated with pregnancy such a Pelvic Girdle Pain, SI Joint Pain, swollen ankles, sore wrists and insomnia
Regularly attending a pre-natal yoga class can help women to form new friendships and find a support group with other expectant mothers
Yoga helps women to begin connecting with their babies through the breath, sound, touch, thought and intention and it also gives them some valuable down-time to do this
It can help women to feel nurtured and can engender more self-nurture
It can help women to positively and effectively respond to postural changes as the increased size of their babies increases the curve of their lumbar spine
Yoga at this stage continues to help women to better cope with any anxieties they are experiencing about their pregnancy, the birth and all of the changes that lie ahead.
In the Third Trimester, yoga can help women in the following ways:
It continues to help alleviate common ailments which may well have become more pronounced as the pregnancy progresses, particularly lower back ache, PGP, indigestion and heartburn and difficulty sleeping
To learn breathing and sound techniques which can be very valuable during labour and birth, and which during pregnancy help women to connect with and bond with their babies
To learn deep relaxation techniques which can also be very useful during labour and birth, and can particularly help women prepare for the potential challenges involved in a hospital birth (e.g. lots of people, noise, bright lights, stressed midwives)
Learning labour circuits and birthing postures can be very useful for the birth
The use of positive mantras can help to reduce women’s anxieties around the birth
To make more physical space for the growing baby and to create more space for the woman to breath, with a particular focus on breathing into the back body, side ribs and chest
Breathing and posture work can encourage letting go and releasing, which is very important in preparation for labour
Yoga can help to encourage optimal foetal positioning (so that the baby is positioned in the best possible place in the pelvis when a woman goes into labour)
Yoga can give women some much needed time for themselves as the practical preparations for the arrival of baby increase, as perhaps do the last minute demands of the workplace before women go on maternity leave
* N.B. It is worth noting that whilst women are generally advised to rest and not attend yoga classes during their first trimester there are a number of gentle practices and relaxation exercises that are safe and beneficial to do at home during this time.
Sarah will cover these in a future article. She is also available for 1-2-1 sessions either at the studio or at your home if you would like advise or guidance on simple, safe yoga practices for the first trimester.
In yoga Headstand is sometimes called th King of yoga and Shoulderstand the Queen of yoga. The postures are so beneficial in whole that it is no wonder they’ve been called King & Queen of yoga.
Turning your body up side down builds strength and elasticity in the musculature, ligaments and connective tissues of the spine and rib cage. Inversions help improve posture and energises our vital organs.
Physical level: stimulating the endocrine glands and the thyroid. Helps rebalancing hypoactive thyroid. Relieves reparation problems such as asthma congestion and sinusitis. Reduces stress to the musculature and organs of the torso, improving digestion, respiration and circulation. Inversions bring relief to tired, strained legs. Reduces water retention in the legs.
Mind level: calms the mind
Emotional: relieves stress and can helps with mild depression Chakra: awakens vishuddhi chakra (throat chakra)
People suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, enlarged thyroid, during menstruation or excessive toxins in the system shouldn’t attempt inverted postures. If you are pregnant and you have practised sarvangasana before your pregnancy regularly you can do the asana, but listen to your body as every woman experience it differently.
Lie in a relaxed supine position
Then bring the legs together, palms of the hands on the floor beside the body
Raise the legs, bringing them a little behind the head, so that the back rises, and support the back with the hands
Raise the legs in the air, feet towards the ceiling
Support the lower back with the hands, keeping the elbows behind on the floor
The hands can be adjusted so that you are steady, elbows can come towards each other
Keep neck long
Concentrate on the throat centre
Coming out: slowly lower the back onto the floor, keeping the legs raised. Keep the palms of the hands on the ground and slowly lower the legs.
The posture is more intense if you apply Ujjayi breath.
Vipareeta Karani (upside down): Major difference to shoulderstand is the angle of the back to the floor. In sarvangasana the back and legs should be perpendicular; in vipareeta karani the back is at a forty-five degree angle to the floor and legs.
More modifications: Variation I:
Niralamba shoulderstand : unsupported shoulderstand
Try to maintain same angle back to floor as in the supported shoulderstand, but place the palms parallel on the floor with straight arms.