Prenatal Yoga

In this all-level yoga class, 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 yoga postures, breath work, vocal toning, meditation, and relaxation. No previous yoga experience necessary.

Weekly Prenatal Yoga Classes

• 7:30 pm Mondays @ Studio One Dance

• 6:30 pm Thursdays @ Realignment Studio

Pay by the Class - $20 per class

Simply drop in as your schedule allows. Advanced reservations are appreciated but not required. Drop-in reservations may be rescheduled within 30 days of original class with 15 min advance notice.

Purchase a Multi-class Pack - $18 per class

Purchase a 10-class package and then attend whenever it’s convenient for you within 6 months. No online reservations for class required.

* All prenatal classes subject to DC fitness services tax of 6%

What happens in prenatal yoga?

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 typical prenatal yoga class might involve:

    Breathing

    Prenatal yoga breathing techniques may help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.

    Strength and Fitness Work

    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.

    Stretching

    You’ll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body through their full range of motion while standing, sitting or lying on the ground.

    Mindfulness & Mental Focus

    Through mindful movement, concentration exercises, and guided visualizations, mammas prepare for birth and parenthood. 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.

    Relaxation & Rest

    Every prenatal yoga class sets aside time for conscious relaxation in restorative postures. You’ll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm.

    Prenatal yoga was a weekly treat for me during my pregnancy.  After class I always felt stronger and more centered – better prepared for childbirth and parenthood.  Before the prenatal course, I didn’t have much interest in yoga, but Jen’s course made me a believer. I look forward to continuing my yoga practice in the future.”
    - Jen R, student

    I want to thank Breathing Space for the amazing prenatal yoga class on Thursday nights.  It was very therapeutic and provided a lot of support during my pregnancy. ” 

    - Kristen R, student

    Upcoming Classes

    Prenatal Yoga Frequently Asked Questions

    Our Tot Yoga (crawling-24 months) and Little Family Yoga (21 months-4 yrs) have a 3 month age overlap on purpose. Personality, more than physical development, should be the deciding factor between the two classes. 

    tot yoga circle timeTot Yoga tends to be a quieter class with more repetition from week to week, so suits more reserved toddlers better.

    Little Family Yoga tends to be louder and move move more quickly from activity to activity to suit the energy level of 2-4 yr olds. Little Family Yoga requires more verbal direction following, incorporates more imaginative play, and typically involves less physical helping from parents. Very active almost-2 year olds often do well in this class because the social environment challenges them more than that of the younger group. Younger siblings accustomed to the energy and speed of older toddlers and preschoolers tend to enjoy this class as well, even if they are not able to do every pose.

    Toddler Family Yoga (walking-4 yrs) is a crossover class which is very much like Little Family Yoga with some adaptations 12-21 month old students. 

    Baby Yoga & Play classes, for newborn to pre-crawling babies and their grownup(s), contains dozens of yoga-inspired movements, postures, songs, rhymes and activities designed to support baby’s development. Each class is filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding, soothe the inevitable cranky moments, and improve baby’s sleep.

    Baby & Me Yoga ClassBabies participate while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For grownups, this class is a special opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers, get support, and learn about baby’s emerging personality.

    Grownups will also get to do a bit of postpartum-appropriate yoga themselves, including strength- and flexibility-building postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to address common physical complaints and mental/emotional stressors during the new-parent period.

    Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play series also incorporates developmental topics and time for parent-to-parent support during class. Our hope is that the community built in yoga will carry over into friendships and playdates off the mat.

    Most appropriate from 6-weeks until baby is mobile. Moms, dads, grandparents or other caregivers welcome. No previous yoga experience necessary; be prepared/dressed for movement.

    preschooler yogaTot Yoga classes, for crawling or nearly crawling babies to 24-month-old toddlers, are engaging and fun. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, dance and creative movement, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play.

    tot yoga collageYoga helps babies, toddlers, and preschoolers explore movement milestones, gain confidence, build strength and fitness, learn a tool for self-regulation, connect with parents and caregivers, and set the foundation for healthy body attitudes and a fit lifestyle. 

    We encourage each child to embrace their own unique expression of yoga poses while supporting their development and growth. Parents and children playfully move together through poses, songs, and activities appropriate for crawlers and walkers.

    Registration is by child and includes up to two caregivers on a weekly basis. Any of your child’s favorite grownups is welcome and the same grownup need not attend every class. 

    Little Family Yoga classes for 21-month-old toddlers to 4-year-old preschoolers, are engaging and fun. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, dance and creative movement, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play.

    Yoga helps toddlers, and preschoolers explore movement milestones, gain confidence, build strength and fitness, learn a tool for self-regulation, connect with parents and caregivers, and set the foundation for healthy body attitudes and a fit lifestyle.  

    bsfy-open-house 702Classes incorporate imagination, songs, words and stories and age-appropriate postures and activities as parents and children playfully move together. We encourage each child to embrace their own unique expression of yoga poses while supporting their development and growth.

    Registration is by child and includes up to two caregivers on a weekly basis. Any of your child’s favorite grownups is welcome and the same grownup need not attend every class. 

    Younger siblings are welcome in class. Registration is required for 1 year old or walking siblings. Sibling discount (50%) is automatic. Non-walking infants may attend free.

    Toddler Family Yoga classes, for walking toddlers to 3-year-old preschoolers, are engaging and fun. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, dance and creative movement, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play.

    Yoga helps toddlers, and preschoolers explore movement milestones, gain confidence, build strength and fitness, learn a tool for self-regulation, connect with parents and caregivers, and set the foundation for healthy body attitudes and a fit lifestyle.  

    tot yoga playing with parachute

    Classes incorporate imagination, songs, words and stories and age-appropriate postures and activities as parents and children playfully move together. We encourage each child to embrace their own unique expression of yoga poses while supporting their development and growth.

    Toddler Family Yoga is a crossover class featuring activities from both our Tot Yoga and Little Family Yoga repertoire.

    Registration is by child and includes up to two caregivers on a weekly basis. Any of your child’s favorite grownups is welcome and the same grownup need not attend every class. 

    Younger siblings are welcome in class. Registration is required for 1 year old or walking siblings. Sibling discount (50%) is automatic. Non-walking infants may attend free.

    Family Yoga & Mindfulness is structured like an age-appropriate kids class – with yoga poses, sequences, mindfulness activities, songs, and games, and an emphasis activities for parents and children to do together. Classes often revolve around philosophical, seasonal, or narrative themes and always include some form of quiet relaxation. No yoga experience required for either parent or child. 

    family yoga, double squat

    family yoga

    Parents should plan to fully participate in family classes. One adult must be present, up to two adults are welcome on weekly basis, and the same adult need not be present every time. 

    Age ranges and sibling policies vary by offering, so read individual registration descriptions for details. Generally, class is appropriate for siblings 1 year younger than the stated range. Sibling discounts are automatic. 

    Early Childhood Yoga and Family Yoga classes are registered per child with additional siblings at half price. 

     

    Kids Yoga helps children learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way while having fun.  Breathing Space classes incorporate age-appropriate poses, breathing, movement, games, mindfulness activities, music, and sometimes art.

    A kids yoga class encourages children to move creatively in a non-competitive environment while honoring each child’s unique expression of the poses. Classes often revolve around a philosophical or natural theme and always include some form of quiet relaxation.

    Individual classes may be for more specific age ranges, so see descriptions for details.

    Tween Yoga (Ages 9-12)  provides a competitive environment for older children to explore more complex poses and asana than in classes for younger children as well breathing exercises, movement games, mindfulness activities, and much-needed relaxation techniques. 

    Students learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way, while still being playful and fun. Classes often revolve around a philosophical theme and may include discussion, journaling, or mindful art.

    This class provides a competitive environment for teens and preteens to explore more complex poses and asana than in classes for younger children as well breathing exercises, movement games, mindfulness activities, and much-needed relaxation techniques. 

    Students learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way, while still being playful and fun. Classes often revolve around a philosophical theme and may include discussion, journaling, or mindful art.

    Individual classes may be for more specific age ranges, so see descriptions for details.

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