Ma Yoga® Prenatal & Mom Yoga
Pregnancy is so much more than challenges and limitations, do’s and don’ts. At Ma Yoga, we see this time as a rare opportunity to slow down, listen in, and learn to deeply take care of yourself.
Incorporating simple nurturing Ma Yoga routines into your day can be the different later between feeling disconnected, depleted, and down, vs. connected, energized and uplifted!
If you’re learning to take better care of yourself along the way, the challenges become a doorwary to your highest, most powerful, wise, and nurturing “Ma” Self.
What are the benefits of Prenatal Yoga in general?
Prenatal yoga is one of the few exercises that doctors recommend to start when pregnant (along with walking, which we highly recommend).
Prenatal yoga helps:
reduce high blood pressure
reduce stress, one of the major risk factors for preterm birth and other negative birth outcomes
reduce common pregnancy-related aches and pains such as shoulder, wrist, and back
you create a support network that can continue to nurture you into motherhood
you learn meditation, breathing, and alignment practices that can improve your ability to face the challenges of this time
- you access a birth support community so you can get help with issues as they arise
- you connect with your baby and your body in a consistently loving way
What are the Benefits of Ma Yoga for Moms?
Ma Yoga Mom + Baby Yoga means you have the option to be doing yoga with baby, or letting baby enjoy life without you. It helps you heal from the trauma of birth. It reconnects you to your core so you can begin to “weave” your abdominals back together again. And it releases tension, aches and pains and stress so you can enjoy this exciting time with your new baby!
Ma Yoga for moms provides you with:
ways to quickly re-vitalize when you are sleep-deprived and overwhelmed
- simple alignment actions to take to help relieve your own shoulder, neck, and back pain
- an opportunity to connect with other new moms when you need advice or a listening ear, as well as breastfeeding and healthy lifestyle educators in our Community Forum
- a chance to teach good self-care to your loved ones
help embodying your “Ma” Self – the highest, most powerful, wise and loving version of you!
What our Mamas love about Ma Yoga®:
“I just wanted to drop you a line and express my gratitude for the confidence you’ve inspired in me as I approach labor. Your class was like a lifeline, with your words of wisdom echoing through me as I approach the big day and beyond!”
“Prenatal yoga helped a lot with the normal aches and pains of pregnancy. I felt myself getting stronger and overall feeling much better each time I went. It was also very soothing for my nerves and helped me deal with the general stress of being pregnant.”
“Thank you for all the great classes, it was really excellent to feel strong and confident throughout pregnancy, knowing that I could make it through an intense yoga class kept me from being afraid to exercise and really use my body the whole way through.”
Is Ma Yoga® Prenatal Yoga the same as “Gentle Yoga”?
While it’s most important to stay safe and keep baby safe, pregnancy is a time when you need your strength – maybe now more than ever.
You’ll be carrying a bowling ball in your belly for months – and then you’ll carry a bigger bowling ball in your arms – plus bags and a car seat.
Because Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga is alignment-based, we’re not trying to get the pose “right.”
Instead, you’ll focus on what you’re doing inside the pose. Are you moving toward the natural curves of your spine? Are you stabilizing your joints before you stretch? Are you opening your heart center so you can breathe fully?
When you do these simple actions – called the Five Sacred Steps – you’ll move toward your greatest possibilities on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
And in the process, you’ll cultivate power. Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga is nurturing, but it’s also strengthening. Because you need your strength mama!
What about Ma Yoga for Moms?
Once you’re a mom, Ma Yoga® classes will help you reconnect to our core. Many of us have learned to do belly breathing, relaxing and opening the belly.
Unfortunately, this can put pressure on the abdominal wall and increase the chances of diastisis recti – a splitting open of the abdominal wall beyond the normal couple inches. Whether you have diastisis recti or just the normal expansion of the abdominal wall, you’ll learn to safely strengthen your core and your muscles while moving your abs back toward optimal alignment.
When is it safe to start Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga or Yoga for Moms?
The sooner your try your first free Ma Yoga class, the more transformative your “Ma” journey will be!
Ma Yoga is so uplifting, and feels so good, that many women continue with us because after all, the “Ma” in Ma Yoga is about YOU learning to nurture YOU.
We can’t wait to see you in the Ma Yoga Living Room!
But what if I’ve never done yoga, I’m not in shape, and I’m not flexible?
Ma Yoga Living is an evolutionary community of prenatal and mom yoga teachers, birth experts and healthy lifestyle professionals.
We don’t see ourselves as “done”, or “there”, or “perfect” – and we don’t expect you to be. We are all working to make ourselves, and our lives, more reflective of what we sense as our potential.
And we find that having a container to do it in allows it to actually happen. Like a caterpillar needs a crysalis to become a butterfly, being held and embraced as we grow allows us to put the energy of the whole group behind our intentions.
We are a community that stands for each other’s greatness. We honor you no matter your body size, color, shape, experience, sexuality or place in the journey.
We honor you for just showing up. When you feel yourself being honored, and you begin to truly honor yourself, you will lift up those you love, inspire those you come in contact with, and together we will shift our whole culture toward connection.
We are excited to support you on your journey of self-discovery and help you become your highest, most powerful and wise “Ma” Self.
“Each time women gather in circles together, the world heals a little more.”