Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Prenatal Yoga Class - Quad Stretch

What happens during a typical prenatal yoga class?

Yoga practice during pregnancy is designed to help moms build strength and fitness while accessing the inner resources to face the challenges of labor with confidence and calm. A our prenatal yoga class might involve:

  • Breathing. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques might help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
  • Stretching. You’ll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body, such as your neck and arms, through their full range of motion while standing, sitting or lying on the ground.
  • Strength Work and Dynamic Movement. Moms in prenatal yoga are working to maintain fitness for a comfortable pregnancy as well as train for the endurance event that is labor and birth. Holding your bodyweight in postures while working against gravity is a great way to build strength. We’ll also do pregnancy appropriate vinyasa, moving with breath, to build fitness.
  • Cool down and relaxation. Every prenatal yoga class sets aside time for conscious relaxation. You’ll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You might be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra or word to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner calm.

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 at 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.

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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10:30 am Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is designed for postpartum moms to gently and safely regain strength, tone, and endurance after pregnancy and birth with an emphasis on core strength and posture. Pre-crawling babies (and their voices) are welcome,… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Baby & Me Yoga, Sat @ Realignmen... @ Realignment Studio
Dec 16 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Baby & Me Yoga, Sat @ Realignment Studio, Dec 2017 @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is a blend of yoga-inspired movement, songs, baby play, and massage especially for newborn to pre-crawling babies as well as gentle yoga for parents. Babies do yoga activities on the floor on their… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
10:30 am Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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4:00 pm Teen/Tween Yoga & Mindfulness (9... @ Shenanigans Art Space
Teen/Tween Yoga & Mindfulness (9... @ Shenanigans Art Space
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Teen/Tween Yoga & Mindfulness (9-15 yrs) - Winter Workshop Series @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Yoga class provides a non-competitive environment for older children (8-12 years) to explore more complex poses and asana than in classes for younger children, as well breathing exercises, movement games, and much-needed relaxation. Students learn… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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19
Tue
9:45 am Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 19 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is designed for postpartum moms to gently and safely regain strength, tone, and endurance after pregnancy and birth with an emphasis on core strength and posture. Pre-crawling babies (and their voices) are welcome,… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
12:00 pm Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Infant Massage - Nov @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
7:30 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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6:00 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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21
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11:30 am Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Dec 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play features fun yoga-inspired postures and movements as well as calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep. Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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8:30 am Kids Yoga Day Off Camp @ Christ Church
Kids Yoga Day Off Camp @ Christ Church
Jan 2 @ 8:30 am – 5:45 pm
Kids Yoga Day Off Camp @ Christ Church | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Our camps provide students from PreK-4th grade with a fun, creative, educational and enriching experience on DCPS days off for professional development or parent-teacher conferences. We’ll do yoga movement classes, mindfulness activities, relaxation, games, crafts… Continue Reading Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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