Prenatal Yoga Info

Here are a few things that we first want to share with you if you are attending a non pre-natal class even though you may have done yoga prior to your pregnancy

  • First of all get an OK from your OB/GYN before you start yoga or any physical activity during your pregnancy.
  • When you come into class please let the teacher know that you are expecting, and what trimester you are in, especially if you really aren’t “showing” yet.
  • Make sure you are hydrated and bring water with you into class.
  • You have two furnaces inside you right now so you need take breaks whenever you need to during class. Honor you body and breath at all times.
  • Pregnancy is not the time to start any crazy inversions or advanced poses.
  • Be mindful on any poses that require you to lie on your belly or extreme twists… rule number one… don’t squish the baby!
  • This also is not the time for Hot Yoga.  According to studies overheating can endanger the health of your growing baby.
  • Listen carefully to your body.  If you feel any discomfort, stop.  You’ll need to modify each pose as your body changes.
  • Any core work should be avoided as your abdominal muscles are separating to prepare your body for your growing baby.
  • Bottom line…. our instructors will help you customize and modify your yoga practice to suite the stage of the pregnancy that you’re in.

 What are the benefits of prenatal yoga?

Much like other types of childbirth preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing.  Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.

For example, studies have suggested that prenatal yoga can:

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
  • Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath.
  • Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy induced hypertension and intrauterine growth and restriction – a condition that slows a baby’s growth.