What is Postnatal Yoga?
Postnatal Yoga is a way to rebuild physical strength while staying mindful of the intensity that your body has endured. It's a way to relax your overworked body and overwhelmed mind. There's a particular focus on the pelvic floor, core muscles, and deep belly breathing. Depending on the class or private session, Postnatal Yoga may also be a time to bond with and practice feeling calm with your baby. Learn partner poses with babe, as well as techniques to calm baby's digestive woos and encourage playful tummy time. Postnatal Yoga is also a great way to meet other Moms in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
I begin every Postnatal class reminding the Moms that it's okay if their babies cry (it is how they communicate with us, after all) and it's always acceptable to feed and nurse in class. I lead Pranayama (breathwork) with a focus on exhalations as a way to melt tension while toning the abdominals and pelvic floor. We practice appropriate Asana (postures) to lengthen, strengthen, and give you more energy. We practice Meditation despite any noise or distractions, so you feel like you have tools for when the going gets tough. I am available to help soothe or hold your baby during class if you need help. We take our time cleaning up after class and often this is a time for Moms to chat, and babies to meet each other.
+ Carefully rebuild core and pelvic floor strength
+ Help prevent/reduce postpartum depression and anxiety
+ Learn how to check yourself for Diastasis Recti (a separation of the abdominal muscles)
+ Learn what exercises to avoid and how to best heal from childbirth
+ Stretch and relax strained muscles
+ Restore hormone balance
+ Practice valuable breathing techniques
+ Opportunity to calmly connect with baby
+ Learn nurturing self-care practices
+ Connect with other Moms and babies