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34 | Questions for Lara: Releasing Fear, the IT Band, & Yoga During Pregnancy

I’m back with another Q & A day! You asked, so I’m here to answer your questions to the best of my abilities. The questions today are from my Instagram audience, I love being able to connect with you all.   How do you release the fear that your body holds? Fear is something we have to investigate. Recognize the emotions behind the fear, and allow them to guide you, but don’t allow it to prevent you to move forward. Ask yourself where this fear is coming from, and really explore that.   Getting back into movement after pregnancy: how and when? Before I answer, I want to say that this is from my experience. Continue your practice as long as it feels comfortable for you, in all the ways that it feels comfortable for you, if it's smart yoga you're practicing. If you feel like your yoga practice doesn’t feel right, that’s fine, I just recommend that you keep moving.   I have pain on the high hamstring, any tips to help it? Check out my podcast with my brother where we talk all about the Yoga Butt syndrome! It takes time and patience for this to heal, and go more into strength than into pulling it. Squeezing your sit bones as much as you can throughout the day.   How high should a person go in Cobra? Any risks on the back? I instruct it by pulling your hands back towards your feet, which will pull your chest more into the thoracic extension. Some people may not get high up at all because they aren’t used to the pose. Stay lower and pull back with your hands. If you’re pushing down, your pelvis goes down, which can create a compression on your lower back.   Can the IT Band actually be stretched or loosened in the hip region? This is actually a tendon! You can’t stretch it, you need to figure out where the problem is originating, and it usually is coming from the hip.   Resources:
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