"Whatever happens . . . yoga will enable you to approach the experience from a position of inner power."
(Preparing for Birth with Yoga)
Prenatal yoga helps prepare the mind, body, and spirit for birth and early parenting. Through gentle stretching and strengthening asanas (poses), common pregnancy ailments are often alleviated and expectant moms gain endurance and confidence in their ability to labor. In addition to the physical benefits, prenatal yoga also prepares women mentally and emotionally for the challenges of labor and postpartum. The practice of meditation and breath work can help women to stay focused, relaxed and calm throughout their birth. And finally, prenatal yoga offers expectant moms access to a community of other pregnant women, with whom they can share their experiences.
As a prenatal yoga instructor, I encourage women to trust their bodies and find their own innate wisdom to gestate and birth. Each yoga class consists of a brief “check-in” discussion, centering/meditation, breath work, asana practice (yoga poses), and relaxation. I also find many opportunities throughout class to teach about birth and to practice pain coping techniques as part of the yoga practice.
Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30 pm) at 2200 Soquel Ave
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I am also available to teach private and semi-private classes. Please contact me directly for more information.