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WEEK 36

Intuition

I trust my body and my baby to know exactly what to do.

WEEK 36

This week I will move my body instinctively to the natural rhythm of my breath and be guided by my own intuition.

After this week, you are classed as full-term.

All your organs, bones, muscles, tissues and senses are developed, your lungs requiring just a few more days to fully mature.

As you descend towards my pelvis, trying to find a comfy spot to settle and become fully engaged ready for your birth-day, I can sense a feeling of lightening. My stomach and lungs become less squashed and I find it more comfortable to eat and easier to breathe.

You do put a little added pressure on my bladder though, and visits to the bathroom are more frequent. Now I realize the importance of keeping up with my Kegel exercises!

While you happily continue to put on weight with untamed abandonment, my weight gain is steadying now.

Over the last nine months, both our bodies have undergone such phenomenal changes.

We are both now gorgeously round and beautiful, having blossomed into this final stage of pregnancy.

BENEFITS: Seated Namaste Flow strengthens and stretches the shoulders; opens the chest; releases the hips; improves circulation and focuses and calms the mind.

CAUTIONS: If I have pelvic girdle discomfort I will do this practice sitting on my heels with my knees together. I will place a cushion(s) between my sitting bones and my heels to bridge any gaps.

Intention

During this pregnancy I have become increasingly aware of my body and mindful of my baby's needs.

In labor I will take these gifts with me.

I will remain sensitive to each sensation, follow my instincts, breathe and listen to how my body and baby wish for me to move.

Asana for the Week

Seated Namasté Flow

For this pose I will need a yoga mat and a small cushion(s).

This pose is suitable for all stages of my pregnancy.

I find a comfortable cross-legged sitting position and bring my hands together in Anjali mudra in front of my heart. Bowing down towards my hands, I take a moment to set my intention for my practice (a).

Mindfully I repeat this week's affirmation:

I trust my body and my baby to know exactly what to do.

Inhaling, I extend my arms out to the side (b), visualizing myself gathering up my innate wisdom and yours. I bring my hands to meet above my head and take my gaze towards my hands (c).

Exhaling, I slowly bring my hands back in front of my heart. Following my hands with my gaze, I imagine this wisdom cascading into my soul and flowing down to you.

I bow towards my hands, honoring this innate wisdom deep inside us (a).

Mindfully I repeat this week's affirmation:

I trust my body and my baby to know exactly what to do.

I repeat this sequence five times, synchronizing the movements with my breath.

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Reflection

By instinctively moving my body with the flow of my breath

I tuned in to my inner wisdom and listened to my intuition.

NAMASTÉ

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