The principles of the Poppy Perinatal Yoga approach are B.A.S.S. The combination of these principles can foster more physical and emotional ease in pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery – no matter what birth plan or outcome.
Here is a little elaboration on each principle:
Breathe – Expand the entire ribcage thoroughly. Since many of us have chronically tight and constricted ribs, Poppy teaches specific exercises to tone and elasticize the ribs. A responsive ribcage makes more room for internal organs and baby during pregnancy and can also help prevent excess pressure from pushing down onto the pelvic floor. Excess pressure often leads to back pain, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor problems during pregnancy and post-birth.
Align – Practice optimal alignment that is appropriate for each individual. We look at the relationship between feet, hips, and ribs and help each pregnant or postpartum person feel for the alignment that provides the framework to help soft tissues release excess tension and strengthen where there is excess slack. It is the framework for better internal balance and adaptability throughout the physical changes of pregnancy and postpartum.
Support – The feet, legs, and core are our pillars of support. Feel the feet, legs, and core respond to your poses and movements. This is not to be confused with trying to get rock hard and sculpted 6-pack abs. Well-integrated legs and core steady you better through the spectacular physical, emotional, and spiritual changes that occur during pregnancy, labor, and post-birth.
Soften – Labor, post-birth, and parenthood are challenging and intense. The more we harden against it, the more we stagnate. Practice softening so that you can respond to challenges with more intelligence and resourcefulness. The poppy approach advocates for softening during up-regulating and down-regulating practices. During up-regulation, expand a softening breath within the intensity of standing poses like Warrior 2 or Chair. During crucial down-regulation practices like meditation, myofascial releases, and relaxation poses, feel tension dissolve. These practices increase pelvic space for the baby to rotate and descend through. Soft tissue suppleness is an essential factor for cultivating the necessary core resiliency that supports postpartum core restoration.
The integration of these 4 principles can help optimize internal conditions for better fetal positioning, reduced stress, improved digestion, increased comfort in pregnancy, more ease in labor and postpartum recovery, and a deeper bond between parent and baby.