A regular yoga practice is one of the best ways to nurture your health and your growing baby. Physically, you will keep all the right muscles strong and supple in order to prepare for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Psychologically, you will build the patience, gentleness and confidence that will help you be the best mother you can be.
But what about the heat?
Pregnant women are often advised to stay away from hot tubs, so naturally you might feel tentative about hot yoga. The reason hot tubs are a no-go for expecting moms is that your body is not able to effectively regulate its temp when you are submerged in hot water, so the concern is that your core temperature will rise to a level unsafe for baby. But in hot yoga class, your body is able to cool itself by the evaporation of the sweat off your skin, meaning that your core temperature will not rise significantly. Many women have tested this by bringing a thermometer into class and found it to hold true. Some moms-to-be feel the need for extra cool air during class. If this is you, we welcome you to set up in front of our lobby door so that you can come and go as you need to.
What can I expect during class?
Your body and your baby are changing and growing daily, so of course your yoga practice will be very different daily too. Physical balance may be more of a challenge, you will enjoy some added flexibility, you might tire more easily, etc. Every lady is different! In general it is immensely healthy for your body to sweat and for your muscles to stretch and relax. Especially during pregnancy, it is important to listen to your body’s (and your baby’s) messages and rest whenever and however much you need to.
I know my yoga practice helped me have the confidence to go through an induction without pain medicine, breathe through the contractions, have the core strength for pushing and the endurance for a long labor. I had a lot of experienced mothers tell me that giving birth is like taking your longest, hottest Bikram class ever. They were right! In class your mantra is "lock the knee" but in labor it's "like a flower petal blooming."Lisa ZelemDBY instructor
“Practicing during my pregnancy made such a difference to my body and my mindset. It’s a small way to remind yourself that while you’re temporarily hosting another being, your body is still your own in a small way - and it felt great!”Jessica BennettDBY Student
How do I start?
We can start by meeting with you one-on-one to show you the pregnancy postures. Then let us know when you plan to practice and one of our instructors will practice the pregnancy poses next to you in a class so you have someone to look at. We also have pregnancy series cheat sheets behind the desk that you are welcome to bring into class for as long as you need to. We highly recommend you purchase Rajashree’s book on the pregnancy series for a more detailed look at the benefits and special modifications. Books are available for sale at the studio.