Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Prenatal Yoga Class - Quad Stretch

Is Prenatal Yoga Appropriate for Beginners?

Absolutely. Our classes are all levels, with variations offered for newer or more experienced students. We have plenty of props and adaptations ideas for moms who are not super flexible and offer postures and exercises specifically tailored to pregnancy and beginning students. All students should be cleared for exercise by their healthcare provider.

Why take a Prenatal Yoga Class in the Age of Online Media?

Prenatal Yoga Class - Teacher AdjustmentAn in-person prenatal yoga class with a qualified instructor offers benefits you simply cannot reap on your own in front of a dvd or streaming video. Personalized sequencing, a watchful eye for alignment corrections, and customized adjustments complement camaraderie of a group class. Breathing Space prenatal instructors are also knowledgeable about birth, babies, and resources in Washington DC.

When Should I Start Taking a Prenatal Yoga Class?

Pregnant moms are welcome anytime and we often have moms in class who are anywhere from a few weeks along to counting down the days to to baby. During your first trimester, you may find you prefer your regular yoga class or fitness routine or that are too tired/uncomfortable for exercise. Consequently, we start seeing moms most often during the 2nd trimester, because they start feeling better or because the growing belly and pregnancy discomforts compel them to seek us out. We also have moms who start class in their final month. It’s never too early or too late.

Prenatal Yoga Class - Balance PoseI’m an Experienced Yogi. Do I Need/Will I Get a Workout in A Prenatal Yoga Class?

Prenatal yoga classes focus on the fundamentals because so many women start yoga for the first time during pregnancy. We work to build flexibility, strength and fitness through modified postures and movements designed for pregnancy. We focus on exercises that might address common pregnancy discomforts and prepare for the endurance event moms are training for: birth.

More experienced yogis who take care to adjusting for their changing bodies may try to keep up their non-prenatal weekly class well into pregnancy. That’s fine, but I still recommend adding prenatal yoga to your routine.

The breath-exercises, concentration, and therapeutic work we do is not typical of a non-prenatal asana or vinyasa class. Also, the pregnancy-customized postures you learn can be incorporated into your non-prenatal yoga classes when the group instruction isn’t appropriate for you.

What worked for me (Jen) was continuing my one regular weekly class (with self-modifications as my belly grew) and one prenatal class for pregnancy and birth specific techniques and  to be in community with expecting moms. 

Where Are Prenatal Yoga Classes Held?

Our pregnancy yoga classes are held in two primary venues:

  • Shenanigans Art Space, 316 F Street NE, lower level. Enter to the right side of the building, directly into the basement. Shenanigans is convenient to Union Station and bus routes along Mass Ave or H Street NE.
  • Realignment Studio**, 641 Pennsylvania Ave SE, lower level.  The studio is within one block of the Eastern Market metro stop and convenient to many bus routes along Pennsylvania Ave SE and 8th Street SE.

Read more about locations.

**During June 2017 while Realignment Studio is under construction, class will be held in a couple other places: Christ Church and Hill Center, both in Southeast near Eastern Market.

What Should I Bring to Prenatal Yoga?

Students should wear comfortable clothing for movement that is not too stretchy and be prepared to practice in bare feet. Our venues have yoga mats to share, but carrying your own may be preferable. We have all the other props you might for exercises during class. Please bring a water bottle and you may wish to bring a small towel or cloth to cover your eyes during relaxation.

 

Learn more about the benefits of yoga during pregnancy or our prenatal yoga classes.

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