Reduce tension in the low back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders. With the growing size of the belly, the lower back compensates for the added weight by creating more of a lordotic low-back arch or curve which can cause compression and pain. Postures in these classes will help you decompress the lower spine. The hips also get tighter as the belly grows, and these classes will work on keeping the hips more open. Many expecting moms also experience upper back / neck / shoulder tension as the chest increases. All these “hot spots” will be worked on in class.
Lessen stress and anxiety, calming the nervous system
Mindfulness through Yoga promotes a more relaxed state which is helpful for not only mom, but also baby. Times of newness and transition can be triggers for anxiety and stress, so it’s a great time to give yourself (and your baby) the gift of time to focus on self-care. Breathwork in Yoga can be especially helpful for regulating blood pressure and heart rate keeping us in a more calm parasympathetic relaxation mode. It can also help the student become more aware of anxious thoughts and how to move away from reacting to them in a stressful way.
If you have any questions about these classes, please feel welcome to call our studio 727-894-9642 or drop by the studio for personal advice. We also offer Private Yoga Sessions if you’re interested in working one-on-one with an instructor.
Prenatal Yoga Schedule
We’re excited to announce the launch of our new virtual class platform, where you can access Prenatal classes online 24/7. Rent individual videos or subscribe for all-access. Learn more about all our virtual offerings on virtual.stpetersburgyoga.com. We are not currently offering any in-studio group classes.Prenatal Virtual Classes
Please Note: Not all exercise is suitable for everyone and this or any exercise program may result in injury. Consult with your doctor before you attend any yoga classes. To reduce the risk of injury, never force or strain yourself during exercise. If you feel pain, stop and seek medical attention if necessary.
“We had our baby, on Thursday, January 18! She was 8.5 pounds and 21 inches. I was in labor for around 6 hours. My deep breathing probably saved my life. She is a little meditator. She loves to sleep and has been super mellow (thank you, Jesus). Just wanted to say thank you because yoga truly made my entire pregnancy and birth experience something wonderful.”
— Reduce Stress and Anxiety
— Decompress the Low Back
— Open the Hips & Pelvis
— Relieve Tension in Your Hot Spots
— Improve Circulation
— Get Better Sleep
— Decrease the risk of preterm labor
— Decrease the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension
— Practice Big Breathing (great for labor preparation)
What to expect
- Gentle, mostly floor-based postures
- Mainly stretch-oriented postures
- Slower moving pace
- Longer hold postures
- Emphasis on big breathing
- Postures that increase flexibility
- Postures that build joint integrity & space