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Prenatal-Postnatal Yoga Classes

Lead by Michelle Gagne RPYT

Saturdays
11:30am – 12:45pm
Buy Drop In $15

Buy 5-Class Card $68
(no expiration)

This special class is designed to support both prenatal and postnatal women with their new baby’s, through all the physical and emotional changes. Come share the evolutionary process of motherhood by connecting with other women, allowing the opportunity for inward reflection, providing a healthy physical and emotional outlet for your experiences.

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga:

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  • Generates Stress Relief
  • Helps prepare you for labor
  • Increases strength and flexibility
  • Helps diminish swelling and joint inflammation
  • Prevents and decreases pain in the lower back & Sciatica pain
  • Creates and maintains a sense of well being
  • Powerful relaxation tool during pregnancy and in labor
  • Relaxation, imagery and breathing techniques useful in labor

 

Benefits of Postnatal Yoga:

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  • Mindfully restore abdominals and pelvic floor
  • Decrease postpartum soreness and a faster recovery
  • Help prevent discomfort stemming from poor alignment as well as the repetitive strain injuries often caused by nursing, lifting and carrying baby.
  • Prevent sadness and baby blues by increasing endorphins release through breathing exercises.
  • Increase energy and relieve stress
  • Helps diminish swelling and joint inflammation

 

 

Prenatal and Postnatal FAQ

When can I start prenatal yoga?

There are varying opinions on when to begin a Prenatal Yoga class. Some recommend waiting until the second trimester while others believe that when the woman is ready, it is time. It is a decision we ask that you make for yourself. We have had many women practice with us from 6 weeks to term.

When can I start Postnatal Yoga?

You can attend postnatal yoga as early as you and your provider deem appropriate. Some women start yoga the week after birth, others come three months postpartum! We know how hard it can be to get out the door with a little one(s). We also know that you’ll leave postnatal yoga feeling revitalized and supported by the teacher and community of mothers. You can continue to attend postnatal until your child is too mobile to supervise. Some mothers are able to come until their child’s first birthday.

What do I wear or bring to pre/postnatal Yoga?

Wear clothing that is comfortable for you to both move and nurse/feed in. We ask that you bring a blanket for your baby to protect our yoga props. You are welcome to nurse, feed and change your babies in the class. It is also OK if they cry! Teachers will hold babies when they can.

What is a class typically like?

Most classes begin with a brief check-in circle so that teacher can be aware of any conditions that can be addressed within the practice. It is also an opportunity to hear birth stories from participants who have “graduated” and get tips from the other women in the class.

After a warm-up on the hands/elbows and knees, we practice standing postures to strengthen the legs and pelvic floor and to build endurance. Balance poses at the wall help to strengthen the core muscles. Hip openers help to keep the muscles around the pelvis flexible and strong. At times the teacher will offer different poses for prenatal women to help stay open and offer the postnatal women something to start building core strength.

We always close with one or two resting positions to allow integration and to practice the art of stillness.Ujjayi breathing is used throughout class and occasionally we will practice other pranayama (breathing) practices. Class ends with either three Oms or simply the greeting “Namaste”, which means “I honor the divine within.”

Do the babies do yoga to?

This class is meant for the moms. Sometimes the teacher will incorporate the babies. It is encouraged to bring toys and a blanket so they can play.

 


Prenatal-Postnatal Yoga Classes

Lead by Michelle Gagne RPYT

Saturdays
11:30am – 12:45pm
Buy Drop In $15

Buy 5-Class Card $68
(no expiration)


 

 

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