Yoga Harbor's Well-Mama includes Prenatal Yoga as one of its staple programs to help support healthy moms and families. Prenatal yoga is offered multiple times a week with a trained instructor to support you and your baby during pregnancy.
What to Expect?
Pregnancy transforms the body, mind and soul – as does yoga. Our prenatal yoga classes are multi-dimensional and for any stage of pregnancy. Each class starts with holding space for each other in understanding. It’s normal to have anxiety about this big change, insecurities about your changing body, fears about the intensity of birth, and tons more complex emotions. This is a protected, non-judgmental space for you to share as much or as little as you’d like. The good and the not so good.
During the yoga practice we encourage you to connect with your baby while focusing on 3 tools for labor and birth: breath, movement, and the mind.
The breathing: We practice breathing techniques to find peace, relaxation and rhythm in class. These are useful throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We know that conscious breathing helps to relieve stress and remain in a relaxed state. But, it’s more than that. Increased oxygen provides mother and baby with more strength and energy. It also makes contractions more productive.
The movement: We show you how to move in ways that alleviate aches and pains that are common during pregnancy; ways that may improve sleep and lower anxiety, as well as, strengthen the body and open the hips in preparation for labor. Through asanas, or yoga postures, we may improve circulation and digestion; decrease back pain; reduce sciatic pain, address sacroiliac joint and pubic pain, and release tension in the shoulders and fatigue in the legs.
Movement may help the baby descend and lessen discomfort during labor. We encourage you to get into your body and out of your mind to express what feels good to you.
The mind: Birth demands much focus. We practice strengthening the mind through mindfulness – connecting movement with breath, visualizations, mantras, and other exercises to use throughout pregnancy and labor day! Additionally, yoga and mindfulness can be used to address mental attitude. Many of us go through moments of self-doubt. We may feel uncomfortable with decisions that other people are making for us. Perhaps we have not been through this before and feel that we do not have a voice. Yoga is a journey of self-discovery that uncovers our confidence for things we can control and acceptance for what we cannot.
We know that a birth experience is important and we strive to awaken the divine wisdom that already exists in you. Now is the perfect time for you to care for yourself and prepare for birth in an uplifting, supportive space.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have never done yoga before, can I still attend?
Yes, most of our mothers have never done yoga before. No experience is required.
When are the prenatal yoga classes?
Prenatal yoga is offered several times a week. Please check our schedule below, depending on your browser you may need to adjust the schedule to the "Week" schedule".
I just found out I'm pregnant, can I still attend?
As with any new exercise program, we encourage you to check with your medical professional.
What should I wear?
Anything that is comfortable to move and stretch in. We practice barefoot.
Do I need a yoga mat?
Yes, however, if you don't have one, we have some available to purchase or you can rent one for $1.
What is the cost?
We have a variety of packages you can purchase. We recommend the New Student Special for $49 which you can only purchase on your first day for unlimited yoga classes for your first 30 days. Otherwise, we have drop in pricing for $16. Please refer to our New Student page for more details.