Practising yoga throughout your pregnancy is a wonderful gift that you give to yourself and your unborn baby. Prenatal yoga will help you be in the best possible shape for birth and beyond! From our teaching experience, you will also enjoy faster muscle recovery after birth.
Benefits you will enjoy are on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. As you practise regularly you will increase your strength, stamina and flexibility. You’ll also find that your yoga helps you deal more effectively with stress and anxiety, as well as appreciating the quiet time you set aside for your yoga practice as a sanctuary for you to connect with the baby growing inside you.
Your body is influenced by the hormone ‘relaxing’ during pregnancy which softens the joints and ligaments in the pelvis and spine. Work to a point where you are getting a gentle and effective stretch rather than aiming to drastically improve your flexibility during this time.
Come and join specialist pre-natal yoga teacher, Ana Davis in her Prenatal Yoga series. She will support you to build your strength and stamina, maintain or develop your flexibility, and prepare you for the challenges of birth and motherhood.
Before commencing our Prenatal classes, listen to the Safety Audio below. It is also important that you consult your doctor, particularly if you have any complications in your pregnancy, including a history of miscarriage.
All of our Prenatal Yoga classes are appropriate for the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. You can pick and choose classes according to their designated ‘intensity’ to match your energy levels on any given day of your pregnancy.
» If you are feeling particularly tired and heavy, you could choose to do the more gentle, meditative practices offered in Class 6 or Class 7 of Program 1.
» It is ideal that if you are new to yoga, you at least practice Classes 1 to 3 a few times first as these are designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of breath work and posture awareness, before moving onto the following sequences which take for granted a certain degree of yoga experience and awareness.
Please note: If you are in the first trimester of pregnancy, this is a delicate time during which the hormonal changes following conception are taking place as well the implantation of the embryo in your uterus. It is recommended to avoid vigorous exercise during this time. In fact to be on the safe side, it’s advisable to carry out a very modified practice, or just rest during this time and focus on breath and relaxation.
Listen to the Live Yoga Life Prenatal Introductory Audio for guidelines on preparing for your practice.
For additional guidelines for your practice or for specific safety information on other styles or areas of yoga, such as Ashtanga Yoga, go to the Safety Information page.