Pre/Post Natal Yoga

Relax, Renew, Rejuvenate, Restore

We welcome Mothers to be and New Mothers (and their partners), in all of our classes. Amazing benefits for prenatal and postnatal women have been documented through the ages and are felt by Mom & Baby for a Lifetime.

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

  • Develops stamina and strength:
    • Yoga poses strengthen our hips, back, arms and shoulders.
  • Balance:
    • As we try to focus on holding and breathing through each yoga pose, we can fine tune our balance, physically and emotionally.
  • Relieves tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders:
    • We tend to have more of a lordotic/lower back curve due to the increased size of our bellies;
    • Our hips get tighter due to the added pressure of baby’s weight in our bellies;
    • As our breasts increase in size, our upper back and chest have more tension, along with our neck and shoulders.
  • Calms the nervous system:
    • Through deep breathing, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which is responsible for relaxation;
    • When our bodies are in that mode, our digestions operate properly, we tend to sleep better, and our immune system is at its optimum;
  • Breathwork practice:
    • Calm mama equals calm baby.
  • Preparation for Labor:
    • You are working with conscious breathing during each yoga pose, which may sometimes be challenging;
    • This transfers into the time of labor, allowing one to practice being “comfortable with the uncomfortable” through our breathwork. As you inhale, you acknowledge the tension that is felt;
    • As you deeply exhale, you let go of it more and more with each breath.
  • Connection with baby:
    • A prenatal yoga practice allows us to slow down and focus attention on what is going on within our bodies;
    • Through working with our breath and doing each pose, you become more aware of what is going on within.
  • Increases circulation:
    • Circulation is enhanced within our joints and our muscles are elongated during practice;
    • Upon circulation of the blood (50% more at full-term), within our bodies, swelling is decreased and our immunity is enhanced, creating a healthy environment for a thriving baby.
  • Nurturing time:
    • This time allows us to stop and slow down from our busy days. Through the practice of yoga, you are setting intention in taking care of not only yourself, but of baby.

Benefits of Postnatal Yoga

  • Strengthens the compromised pelvic floor after birth;
  • Strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles;
  • Relieves aching shoulders and back caused by breast and/or bottle feeding and hours spent bending over the baby;
  • Increases endurance during recovery from labor, the care of a newborn and, possibly, a change in exercise habits during pregnancy;
  • Reduces stress and anxiety using pranayama (breathing exercises);

The health & welfare of Mom and Baby are very important to us.  We request that you consult with your doctor, birthing coach and/or doula before attending your first yoga class.