About Prenatal & Mom Yoga
Moving through this transition consciously helps us better handle the changes that occur in our relationships, our work, and even ourselves.
If we’re learning to take better care of ourselves along the way the challenges become an opportunity to step into our highest “Ma” self.
What are the benefits of prenatal yoga?
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 Mom Yoga?
Mom yoga means you have the option to be with baby or not. It means you’re focused on healing from physical trauma, no matter what kind of birth you had. Plus you’re adjusting to your time no longer being your own.
Mom Yoga provides you with:
ways to quickly re-energize when you are sleep-deprived and overwhelmed
- simple alignment instructions to help you 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
- a chance to model good self-care for your loved ones
guidance on how to reconnect with your strength physically, mentally and energetically so you can be the “Ma” – and the human – you want to be
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® “Gentle Yoga”?
While it’s most important to stay safe and keep baby safe, pregnancy is a time when we need our strength – maybe now more than ever.
We carry a bowling ball in our belly for months and then we carry a bigger bowling ball in our arms – plus bags and a car seat.
At Ma Yoga we work our muscles! So we might describe our prenatal yoga as “nurturing”, more than gentle.
In addition, pregnancy hormones cause the joints to weaken. So rather than focusing on stretching or flowing, Ma Yoga is about stabilizing our joints and engaging our muscles first and then making space.
Once we’re a mom, Ma Yoga® classes help us reconnect to our core. Many of us have learned to do belly breathing, and forgotten how to engage our deep abdominals along the way (for more on this, see the I CAN Core Strengthening System for Post-Baby Bellies). Especially for moms whose abdominal wall split during pregnancy, these concepts are crucial for getting a toned belly again.
For this reason, the sooner in your pregnancy you start practicing prenatal yoga, the easier it will be to do later when everything gets harder.
If you already have a yoga practice adding in prenatal yoga can give you ways to adjust poses and sequences to make space for baby so that later, when it’s all you can do, you’ve got your practice.
And as a new mom it’s super fun to be able to include baby!
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 wish you many blessings of self-discovery and bliss on your journey.
“Each time women gather in circles together, the world heals a little more.”
Listen to how Ma Yoga changed pregnancy, labor, and motherhood for these Ma Yoga students: