Prenatal Yoga: Strengthening and Opening
What you'll learn
- Detailed instruction on how to safely practice yoga in pregnancy
- Modifications of yoga postures to accommodate special needs
- Breathing practices to calm body and mind
- Yoga postures to reduce or eliminate discomforts
- Postures and practices that prepare the body for labor and childbirth
- Relaxation and guided visualization
- Yoga mat, blanket, yoga block or small stool, bloster or firm pillow.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Many women have found prenatal yoga to be a great support through many of the changes that pregnancy brings.
This can be a very exciting time but also a little overwhelming as you are figuring out how to take care of yourself and your growing baby at the same time. Whether this is your first or your fourth baby, self-care is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy! I have created this prenatal yoga class so you can receive all the benefits of yoga during your pregnancy.
What are the benefits of prenatal yoga?
• Builds strength and flexibility (to do the work of mothering)
• Promotes proper posture, body awareness and healthy alignment
• Reduces stress and promotes relaxation (good for mother and baby)
• Increases energy (growing a person is exhausting)
• Aids with focus (helps combat “fetal brain drain”)
• Promotes healthy circulation and reduces swelling
• Reduces or eliminates common pregnancy discomforts
Prenatal yoga can help prepare body and mind for childbirth. The prenatal yoga postures are specially designed to not only strengthen your body but to build flexibility and openness – it is just as important to create suppleness so you can open when the time comes to birth your baby. Birthing a baby requires both great effort and the ability to totally let go. We cultivate a balance of effort and surrender on the yoga mat so we can take it into labor and birth.
Last but not least…
Prenatal yoga promotes baby awareness! In the practice of yoga, you have the
opportunity to acknowledge the presence of your baby, not as a package that
will arrive at some future date or that is “delivered” to you, but as a being that
is here now. Yoga allows space to sit in the present moment, with yourself as
well as with your baby.
This program can be done in its entirety or you can do one or more of the individual lectures.
Special note: It is very important for you to listen to your body. Take rest if
needed. Come out of any posture that causes strain or excessive discomfort.
Please exercise caution in the practice. If you experience dizziness, shortness
of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain, uterine contractions, vaginal bleeding
or fluid leakage from your vagina or have history high blood pressure or any
other serious medical condition, consult your midwife or doctor. Yoga may not be appropriate for some women in the first trimester. If you have a history of miscarriage or pregnancy loss please consult with your care provider before taking this course.
Prenatal Yoga is suitable for most healthy pregnant women.
Who this course is for:
- Pregnant women in 2nd or 3rd trimester
- All levels welcome
- No experience required
Passionate about yoga and the transformative power of motherhood, Jane specializes in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. For two decades she has worked with mamas, not only as a yoga teacher but also as a midwife, doula (labor assistant) and childbirth educator. Informed by years of experience of working in the field of women’s health, she is uniquely suited to instruct yoga for the childbearing year. She weaves this breadth of experience into her classes in a warm and humorous, yet thoughtful way.
Jane is a certified yoga teacher and a registered yoga teacher trainer. She is the founder and director of Mama Tree, a yoga school dedicated to training yoga teachers and birth professionals to teach prenatal and postnatal yoga. Her school attracts students from all over the world. She also teaches the Yoga in Pregnancy component of many yoga teacher trainings including Yoga Tree in San Francisco. By training teachers, it is her mission to help make yoga available to all mothers who wish to practice.
Her teaching has been influenced by many teachers and traditions, including Ashtanga, and Iyengar, She has studied yoga philosophy and chanting extensively with Kate Holcombe of the Healing Yoga Foundation. Among her most inspirational teachers have been the many mamas and couples she has worked with over the years. A lifelong student, Jane continues to explore the many facets of this ancient tradition.
Although yoga provides the framework for her spiritual practice, it is her experience as a mother that has given her true opportunity for spiritual growth. Perhaps her most influential teachers are her own children, who reminder her very day to take her own advice and take a deep breath!
It is with great enthusiasm and joy that she shares her passion with others! For more info about trainings and workshops go to janeaustinyoga.com.