Yoga For Pregnancy Trimester 1 (1-13 weeks)
How To Teach Butterfly Pose For Pregnancy


Pregnancy Yoga Lesson Plan Kit™

Butterfly pose is only one of 100+ pregnancy yoga poses within the Pregnancy Yoga Lesson Plan Kit™.

Butterfly

Butterfly For Pregnancy

Butterfly For Pregnancy

Teaching steps

  • Sit with legs outstretched.
  • Bend knees, bring soles of feet together (keep heels as close to body as possible).
  • Fully relax the inner thighs.
  • Clasp the feet with both hands.
  • Gently bounce knees up and down, using elbows as levers to press legs down.
  • Repeat 20 to 30 times.
  • Straighten legs and relax.

Benefits

  • Relieve tension from inner thigh muscles.
  • Removes tiredness from legs.
  • Opens hips.

Precautions 

  • Do not strain.
  • Groin or knee injury

Modifications 

  • Blanket support under outer thighs.

Butterfly Pose Variations 


Half Butterfly 

Half Butterfly

Half Butterfly

Teaching Steps

  • Sit with legs outstretched.
  • Bend right leg, place right foot as far up on left thigh as possible. Place right hand on top of the bent right knee.
  • Hold toes of right foot with left hand.
  • While breathing in, gently move right knee up towards chest.
  • Breathing out, gently push knee down and try to touch floor.  Trunk should not move.
  • Repeat with left leg.
  • Slowly practice about 10 up and down movements with each leg.

Half Butterfly Variation 1

Half Butterfly Variation 1

Half Butterfly Variation 1

Teaching Steps

  • Sit with legs outstretched.
  • Bend right leg.
  • Place right foot as far up on left thigh as possible.
  • Place right hand on top of the bent right knee.
  • Raise left arm and look up at the hand.
  • Repeat with left leg.

Half Butterfly Variation 2

Half Butterfly Variation 2

Half Butterfly Variation 2

Teaching Steps

  • Start in Butterfly.
  • Take right leg out to side.
  • Bring hands forward.
  • Place right hand onto right ankle.
  • Reach left arm up and over
  • Repeat with left leg.

George Watts

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