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WEEK 34

Gratitude

Thank you for being my baby.

WEEK 34

Cultivating feelings of thankfulness, I will bow to my heart and find ways to express my feelings of gratitude.

You are now almost like a newborn baby.

Your internal system is almost fully functioning, just awaiting the finishing touches to your liver, kidneys and lungs.

The millions of connections within your nervous system are communicating, responding and interacting with your mind and body.

You have established a rhythm to your sleeping patterns and you respond to touch, taste, sound and light.

The hair on your head is growing and the wrinkles on your skin smoothing themselves out, effortlessly disappearing as you fill out.

I hope they weren't worry lines - there is no need to worry, my little one, we are almost there!

Your skin acts like a quilt, keeping you warm and safe, and your complexion becomes a shade of rosy pink.

Each day you are becoming more beautiful as you get ready for your birth-day.

BENEFITS: Ardha Parsvottanasana stretches the hamstrings, hips and calves; strengthens the thighs and lengthens the spine.

MODIFICATIONS: To help steady myself I will position a chair in front of me to hold on to (b) or I will practise the pose facing a wall, keeping my spine and arms straight and resting my palms against the wall.

Intention

I will look inside my heart and silently recite an invocation of gratitude.

I will thank my body for providing a safe haven for you to grow.

I will give thanks to the miracle of life, and to all the great gifts it has given me.

I will give thanks to all the people who share their love, guidance and support with our journey, and I thank you for choosing me to be your mother.

Asana for the Week

Ardha Parsvottanasana - Half Intense Side Stretch Pose

For this pose I will need a yoga mat and a chair or a wall to help steady myself.

This pose is suitable for all stages of my pregnancy.

WEEK 34

Standing at the top of my yoga mat, I step my left foot back and turn it out at a slight angle. I align my hips and chest to face forward.

Grounding down through my left heel, I inhale and lengthen my spine. As I exhale I tilt from my hips and extend my torso forward. I bring my arms behind my back and hold on to each forearm with the opposite hand (a).

As I bow into this pose, serenity fills my soul. I feel at peace with my world. Looking down at my front foot, I glance towards you and see my beautiful belly.

Staying for three breaths, I mindfully repeat this week's affirmation:

Thank you for being my baby.

I repeat the pose to my other side.

Reflection

This week I simply said thank you in a practice that was filled with appreciation and overflowing with sentiments of gratitude.

NAMASTÉ

WEEK 34

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