Prenatal Yoga classes: 2016/2017 Drop in is available for most of our classes but it is ALWAYS best to register to guarantee your spot and to motivate you to attend.

Monday nights:

  • at YOGA SARANA in Wellington Square Beltline SW  7:45-9pm (Kirsten)
  • at at DR FOR MOMS Brentwood Yellow tower NW 6:00-7h:15pm (Lisa Knapik)

Tuesday nights:

  • at the YOGA STUDIO NORTH (Crowchild and 53rd NW) 7:55-9:10pm (Kirsten. Drop in available but it's best to register as these classes fill quickly!)

Wednesday nights:

Thursday nights:

Saturdays:

  • at DR FOR MOMS Brentwood Yellow tower NW 9:30-10H30 am (Kirsten)

 

Sundays:

  • at the YOGA STUDIO NORTH (Crowfoot - Ranchlands) 12:00-1:15 pm. (Meagan. Drop in available but it's best to register as these classes fill quickly!)
  • at the YOGA STUDIO SOUTH OAKBAY 12:00-1:15pm (Kerri McLean)

 

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Why do prenatal yoga?

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga have a multitude of physical, emotional and mental benefits for both you and your baby. A selection of these are listed below.

PREGNANCY SUPPORT:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety through awareness and breathing practices
  • Provides emotional support through contact with other pregnant women
  • Increases blood and lymph circulation, thereby supporting the physiological processes of pregnancy
  • Relieves musculoskeletal tension and pain through strengthening and lengthening muscles and aligning the skeleton
  • Strengthens the body, thus decreasing stress on weight-bearing joints as well as supporting comfortable postural changes
  • Enhances body awareness, increasing your comfort during pregnancy-related structural changes

LABOUR SUPPORT:

  • Labor support techniques include breathing/relaxation practices, muscle control/education, enhanced body awareness and relaxation Each of these techniques contributes to your ability to allow your body to do what it needs to most effectively during labor:
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques can support you through intense or difficult sensations and emotions.
  • Body awareness can help you find beneficial laboring positions and release tension that arises in response to pain (these support effective dilation and effacement, proper pushing, and prevent whole-body soreness post-labor).
  • Muscular control and awareness can help you isolate and use your muscles in the most effective ways (this might include moving the hips in circles to bring the baby lower into the birth canal, knowing how to release and open your inner thighs and pelvic floor muscles to allow the baby to move through the pelvis, and knowing how to effectively use the abdominal muscles while pushing.)

In the event of CESAREAN SECTION (planned or unplanned), the same tools will benefit you in added pays:

  • Breathing and relaxation practices will help calm you during early contractions or while being prepped for surgery.
  • Muscle control and body awareness will support early labor AND help substantially in post-surgery healing.

Couples Labour and Birth Preparation Workshops: run every 4-6 weeks at either the YOGA STUDIO NORTHor DR FOR MOMS. What do we do?  Practice poses for the various stages of labour, deep breath-work, mindfulness, massage,acupressure and counter-pressure techniques, and of course, some partner yoga poses! There will be special guest speakers at each of our workshops and they are always held on a Sunday from 2:15 - 4:45pm. This workshop is geared towards 2nd and 3rd trimester mamas and their partners and consists of hands-on practical information that will help you to feel prepared and get you excite...d about your labour and birth experience! "An amazing refresher or 'crash course' for labour and birth!" (This workshop is included in our doula services...!)