About Ma Yoga® 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 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?
Our unique Mom + Baby Yoga means you have the option to be doing yoga with baby, or letting baby enjoy life without you. It means you can be focused on healing from the physical trauma of birth , no matter what kind of labor you had. Plus you’re reconnecting your core and weaving your abdominals back together; releasing tension from breastfeeding and carrying baby; and just feeling good in your body again.
Mom Yoga 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® “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.
Ma Yoga is alignment-based yoga. That means instead of trying to “get” a pose, we focus on what we’re doing inside the pose. Are we moving toward the natural curves of the spine? Are we stabilizing our joints before we stretch? Are we opening our heart center so we can keep breathing fully?
When we do these actions – called the Five Sacred Steps – we move toward our greatest possibilities on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
And we cultivate both strength and power. So we might describe our prenatal yoga as “nurturing”, more than gentle.
Once you’re a mom, Ma Yoga® classes help you reconnect to our core. Many of us have learned to do belly breathing, and forgotten how to engage our deep abdominals along the way. 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.
Many women start Ma Yoga when they’re pregnant. They learn the alignment principles and begin to incorporate them effortlessly throughout their practice. Once they’re a new mom, they come back to classes for much needed recovery and healing, using these same principles.
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 hope you will join us!
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: