Classes every Wednesday 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, our Prenatal Yoga program is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. This yoga class is specifically for mothers-to-be. This class is appropriate for both woman that are newly pregnant AND women that are well into their 3rd trimester. Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.
A typical prenatal yoga class may involve:
You’ll be encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. You may also practice different breathing techniques and making deep sounds, such as humming or grunting. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques may help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
You’ll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body, such as your neck and arms, through their full range of motion.
While standing, sitting or lying on the ground, you’ll gently move your body into different positions aimed at developing your strength, flexibility and balance. Props — such as blankets, cushions and belts — may be used to provide support and comfort. You’ll also continue to focus on your breathing.
Cool down and relaxation.
At the end of each prenatal yoga class, you’ll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You may be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra or word to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner calm.
Are there styles of yoga that aren’t recommended for pregnant women?
There are many different styles of yoga — some more strenuous than others. Prenatal yoga and hatha (gentle) yoga are the best choices for pregnant women. If they’re not an option, talk to the instructor about your pregnancy before starting any other yoga class.
For more information contact us at +1 650 397-9779.