Prenatal yoga adapts traditional yoga postures for the specific needs of pregnancy through gentle yoga movements. It also helps relieve tension and teaches you how to remain calm and balanced, important skills during labor and delivery. This class is suitable for those with no yoga experience. Long time yoga practitioners also find the material beneficial, though the class is not a regular yoga class with modifications for the pregnant body.
Students with a strong yoga practice may wish to continue in their regular yoga class. If you elect to take a regular yoga class rather than a Prenatal class, please speak with your teacher to maintain a safe and healthy practice during pregnancy.
The Prenatal 10-week course includes stretching, postural alignment and breathing techniques. You will also learn specific yoga poses for addressing the discomforts of pregnancy and for building strength, flexibility and endurance. Each class will conclude with a relaxation period. You are encouraged to practice at your own level of comfort, and the teacher can help you modify any pose.
- Eases nausea, heartburn, low back and pelvic pain, sciatica and swelling
- Improves balance, circulation, digestion and breathing
- Strengthens and tones muscles without overstretching tendons and ligaments
- Promotes restful sleep, increases energy and endurance
- Calms and strengthens the mind, lightens mood, and promotes a sense of well-being
- Builds community support among expectant mothers attending class
- Eases pain during the birthing process
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to have previous yoga experience? No experience required.
- When should I start? You should be in your 2nd or 3rd trimester.
- How should I dress for class? Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to be in bare feet.
- What do I bring to class? A yoga mat and a water bottle.
- Why can’t I come to just one class instead of the series? Each class is structured so that it builds on the previous week’s content.
- I missed the beginning of the quarter. Do you have short-run or later starting prenatal series? At times of demand, and/or during the last half of a quarter, we may offer a shorter-running Prenatal class, designed for those who have either missed the beginning of our quarter or do not have time to complete the normal 10-week course. If you are in need of such a class, please call us and we will put you on a waiting list for the next run.
Classes begin the week of September 28.