There is no need to pre-register, although creating an account and pre-paying for your class online will help speed up the check-in process when you arrive.
What should I bring to class? What should I wear?
We have blankets, blocks, bolsters and straps. If you have a mat, please bring it-most students prefer to use their own. If you need one, you are welcome to rent a mat at the front desk. You may also like to bring a water bottle, as well as light snacks and tea. Wear comfortable clothing you can move in-yoga pants, sweats, T-shirts, etc.
When should I start Prenatal Yoga? Is it ever too early or late to begin?
Prenatal Yoga can be started at any stage of pregnancy. The sooner you begin, the more time you will have to prepare for your upcoming birth, connect with other pregnant moms and avoid common discomforts of pregnancy. Should you be unable to begin classes until the later stages of pregnancy, even one or two classes can be of benefit. Please join us whenever you can.
Will Prenatal Yoga alleviate common pregnancy discomforts?
The vast majority of mothers who practice yoga in their pregnancies report a decrease in their discomfort. Back pain, insomnia, hip pain, sciatica, leg cramps and round ligament pain are just a few of the pregnancy discomforts which are easily remedied through a regular yoga practice. Please let our instructor know if there is something that you would like to address through the yoga practice. Not only will she be able to address it in the practice, other moms may have experienced the same issue and have ideas to help.
How will Prenatal Yoga prepare me for my labor?
A consistent yoga practice can help put your baby in an optimal position for labor and many of the postures and movements practiced in class can be used during labor to cope with the discomfort and help your labor to progress efficiently. In addition, many questions and concerns regarding the birth experience are addressed in class. Our instructors can answer questions or direct you to appropriate resources and other students may have experiences and information to share, as well.
I have been practicing yoga for years, will Prenatal Yoga be challenging enough for me?
Preparing for labor can be thought of as training for an athletic event and while Prenatal Yoga is sensitive to the needs of pregnant women, most will find at least part of the practice physically challenging. And of course, as with all yoga classes, be mindful of your changing body-you may find that the practice you have been used to is not what your body needs during this transformative time.
I have never practiced yoga before and I am not flexible, will Prenatal Yoga be too difficult for me?
Many women come to yoga for the first time when they are pregnant. While the practice will offer a challenge for long-time yoga practitioners, it is designed to welcome newcomers, as well. Our teachers are trained to meet you where you are and offer modifications as necessary. You are invited to communicate with our instructor throughout class: let her know if something does not feel right and ask for assistance. Whether you are a long-time yoga practitioner, or completely new to yoga, remember to listen to your body and honor your needs in the moment.
And all yoga practice-whether prenatal or not-will help increase flexibility. Few people come to the practice already flexible-it’s the practice that made them so!