Prenatal Yoga is an amazing way to prepare your body and mind for labor and parenthood while relieving many pains and discomforts of pregnancy. The classes are taught to embrace both the novice and experienced yoga practitioner in this special time. Teachers offer safe modifications of standard yoga postures that will:
- strengthen the muscles that support a growing belly and changing body
- relieve tension caused by soft and hard tissue changes
- challenge body and mind to prepare the pregnant person for the challenge of labor
There are varying opinions on when to begin a Prenatal Yoga class. Some recommend waiting until the second trimester while others believe that when the pregnant person is ready, it is time. It is a decision we ask that you make for yourself, along with your physician's advice. We have had many pregnant people practice with us from 6 weeks to term.
Most classes begin with a brief check-in so our teacher can be aware of any conditions that can be addressed within the practice. After a warm-up on the hands/elbows and knees, we practice standing postures to strengthen the legs and pelvic floor and to build endurance. Balance poses at the wall help to strengthen the core muscles. Hip openers help to keep the muscles around the pelvis flexible and strong. We always close with one or two resting positions to allow integration and to practice the art of stillness.
Can my partner be involved?
Yes, we do offer Prenatal Partner Yoga classes to integrate your yoga practice into your relationship. These classes make a great date night! Contact us at [email protected] to arrange a Prenatal Partner Yoga class or series.