Even if you have never done yoga before, during a pregnancy, many doctors recommend yoga. A woman should follow her own innate sense about movement. If she feels ready and willing to take class, especially if she had a regular yoga practice before pregnancy, then by all means she should! If the Mommy-to-be is new to yoga, she can absolutely go to classes, but alert the yoga teacher about how far along she is. Even in the very first weeks, there are some modifications to the yoga practice that are encouraged. Sadly, not all yoga teachers have done much pre-natal training.
Any time you are new to a yoga practice it’s great to get a few private lessons, all the more so when you are expecting. Each woman’s experience is unique. Private sessions can adress not only the physical changes, but also the mental and emotional ups and downs especially during early pregnancy. Bring The Body can guide you through basic modifications, and get you ready to start a yoga practice if you didn’t have one before. For the more experienced yogi, a few private lessons will set you up for the entire pregnancy yoga practice. After that, BTB highly recommends Liz’s pre-natal classes at Jaya Yoga Center. Liz is also a certified Lactation Counselor. BTB also has Doulas to refer if you are considering that option.
Here’s what BTB’s favorite Yoga Mommy, had to say about Abby:
I’ve had the pleasure of taking Abby’s Flow & Chill Yoga class now for well over a year at Harbor Fitness in Bay Ridge on Wednesday mornings. It always felt like Wednesday morning was a reset button to my week, recharging my body and mind and mentally preparing me for the week ahead. I am now almost 8 months pregnant and have continued taking Abby’s class throughout my pregnancy. Not only does the class still help me stay centered and focused on my body, mind and spirit, but it has helped tremendously with my pregnancy and Abby has always given me lots of special attention to make sure I am comfortable and safe…I feel blessed to have found her class and look forward to continuing my yoga journey with her through this pregnancy and long after it’s over.
The most important suggestion is for the expecting yogi to listen to her body. Make sure that you get support from your yoga teacher and make your appointment with BTB for your pre-natal lessons! Follow this link to yourguru.com to create your profile and make your appointment with Abby today!