This age-old practice of yoga keeps you limber, tones your muscles, and improves your balance and circulation, with little, if any, impact on your joints. Yoga is also beneficial because it helps you learn to breathe deeply and relax, which will come in handy as you face the physical demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Learning how to do ujjayi breathing primes you for labor and childbirth by training you to stay calm when you need it most.
Doing yoga while pregnant can help align the body and help mom with carrying the baby most comfortably. Practicing yoga can prevent and relieve many common discomforts of pregnancy including backache, water retention, fatigue, and sciatic pain. Yoga also helps to stabilize the emotions, relieve stress, and integrate changes in the body. You will leave class feeling relaxed, centered and energized!
Practicing Yoga not only stretches the muscles improving flexibility and promoting healthy blood flow, but yoga also builds strength. This combination of strength and flexibility allows the body to keep active and stay strong as it changes to carry your growing child. Healthy muscles stretch more easily, and are less likely to ache, tear, or cause injury.
Prepare for Birth
Yoga builds strength and confidence in the body and stimulates the relaxation response, releasing fear, tension, and stress that can be a barrier in childbirth. Through yoga practice we develop body and breath awareness, focus, and concentration, learning to relax quickly and completely and practicing softening around the sensations of opening up. These are the skills that will help you most as you move through your labor.
Doing yoga while pregnant is also a great way to meet other women and feel a sense of community in a supportive and holistic environment.
In all of our classes, prenatal options are given. If you already have an established yoga practice, continue practicing as you normally do! If you are exploring yoga for the first time and you are pregnant, we suggest starting with our Yoga Basics or Gentle Flow classes.
Our classes will offer a challenging, strong practice that accommodates where you are in your pregnancy from first to third trimester. Care and attention is given to issues that arise with your changing body. You can expect a little sweat, relaxation, and to leave our studio feeling awesome!