Should I Do Prenatal Yoga?
If you are reading this, we would like to say first and foremost congratulations on your pregnancy! We hesitate to make generalizations, but you’re probably in one of two camps. You may be a regular yoga practitioner who wants to know more about prenatal yoga and continuing your practice through pregnancy. Or you’re new (or new-ish) to yoga and you’re looking for tried and true ways to stay healthy and prepare your changing body for childbirth.
Either way, you’re on an incredible journey that is 100% unique to you. Prenatal yoga is a growing trend for a reason. It is an inclusive, supportive environment designed to help expecting mommas-to-be prepare their mind and body for childbirth and motherhood. There is no prior yoga experience required to start practicing yoga during pregnancy – and a prenatal yoga class is geared toward both audiences. You will experience the teachings in different ways and learn from each other.
I am new to yoga:
There is no better time to immerse yourself in yoga than during pregnancy. Sure, you would eventually learn the basics of yoga postures and principles attending regular yoga classes, but a prenatal yoga class is going to cover all the bases – from breath work to proper alignment in poses to tapping into your intuitive self. In prenatal yoga, we approach these slowly and with great intention, so it is a perfect foundation for building a lifelong yoga practice to stay balanced in mind and body.
I already practice yoga:
As a regular yoga practitioner, you probably have a pretty good sense of what your body can handle. If you are feeling up for it, you can still attend most of your regular yoga classes and just make modifications for your changing body. Check with your yoga teachers and consult with your doctor so you are comfortable making modifications to the poses that are generally a contraindication of pregnancy, such as closed twists, inversions, lying on the back or belly, deep backbends, and certain breathing techniques. I would also avoid hot yoga and too much stretching in the ligaments and joints with yin postures.
But in a prenatal yoga class, you’ll be among a group of women who are all in the same boat … without having to find a modification for boat pose (because we won’t be teaching it!). These classes are specially designed for your bump and this monumental change in your life. The change of pace and deep internal work of the mind and body will be a new challenge to take your yoga practice to a whole new level.
Pregnancy is a very empowering time when our purpose truly becomes bigger than us. Not only are we growing a new life, but through this rite of passage of pregnancy and childbirth we become a part of a powerful community of other moms and moms-to-be, as well as a growing community of people who specialize in holistic ways to support women in their childbearing years.
Want to learn more? Pushna Wellness is hosting its first prenatal workshop on Sunday, March 1 from 1-3 p.m. Sign up here: Prenatal Yoga Workshop
Prenatal Yoga Workshop
Sunday, March 1
Teachers: Cj Campbell and Megan Elizabeth
Min: 3, Max: 12
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Join us for a 2-hour prenatal yoga workshop designed for expectant mothers in their second or third trimester. This workshop is open to all experience levels – no prior yoga experience required! What to expect:
- Connect with other mommas-to-be through guided discussion
- Experience a basic level yoga class designed for the pregnant mind and body
- Introduction to pelvic floor exercises to aid in childbirth and recovery
- Light refreshments (tea, coffee, plant -based treats)