Pregnancy Yoga in Melbourne
Yoga is well known for reducing the everyday stresses we encounter in life, so never is this relaxation technique more important than when you’re expecting. As your stress lowers, so does the stress of the little one developing and growing inside you. A relaxed and happy mum to be can better look after herself and her soon to be born baby with greater ease.
At Summer Healing Yoga, we offer pregnancy yoga classes in Brunswick, Melbourne that are safe, enjoyable and an important aid to greater wellbeing for both you and your child. These are also a great opportunity to enhance the connection between your own body and the life dwelling within.
Prenatal Yoga in Melbourne at Summer Healing Yoga
At Summer Healing Yoga, we offer a range of classes for pregnancy yoga in Melbourne, including sessions concentrating on yoga during pregnancy as well as options for post-partum mums and bubs yoga in Melbourne. We have highly qualified and empathetic yoga teachers who can instruct you in safe and gentle postures to relax and stretch your body.
Start with pregnancy yoga in Melbourne by booking into a 1 hour one-on-one session with a teacher who can introduce you to the correct yoga postures and modifications, after which you can join any class. Alternatively, you can join our pregnancy yoga classes at 1:30pm on Thursdays at our studio in Brunswick – simply call 0432 293 924 to book your spot. Please always tell your yoga instructor you are pregnant before participating in a class.
What Are the Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga in Melbourne?
Pregnancy yoga classes have many benefits. When you enrol in our yoga sessions, with regular practice you may experience:
- Better sleep
- Lower stress levels
- Reduced anxiety
- Increased muscle strength (useful for childbirth)
- Increased flexibility
- Greater connection to body
- More centred mind
- Decreased lower back pain, nausea and headaches
- Strong bonds with other pregnant women and a sense of community
We have a lovely conscious community at our yoga school. Here you will meet like-minded heart-centred mothers who are open to learning about parenting. Our classes don’t teach parenting, but do act as a central gathering point around yoga from which you can make strong supportive connections with others to discuss common interests.
Is Pregnancy Yoga Safe?
Pregnancy yoga classes are safe, but you do need to be mindful of a few points. Below we cover the basics of safety when doing yoga during pregnancy:
- When taking a general yoga class – one not geared only for pregnant women – always let your instructor know that you are pregnant, including naming which trimester you are in.
- After the first trimester, you should not do any asanas/poses on your back, as they can negatively affect blood flow to the uterus.
- Be careful when you stretch muscles. Stretch very gently, especially around the abdominal area. The hormone relaxin is activated inside your body during pregnancy to allow your uterus to expand. This means your connective tissue will be softer, making muscle strains and pulls more likely.
- From the second trimester, do all standing poses with heel to wall or using a chair for support. At this stage, your centre of gravity will be changing, meaning that balancing can be trickier than usual. This measure ensures you won’t fall over and injure yourself or your baby.
- Do not engage in Bikram (hot yoga), which involves doing asanas in a heated room. Overheating your body could harm your baby.
- Always bend from the hips when bending forwards. Lead with breastbone and allow space for the ribs to move slowly. This will make breathing easier.
- Between poses, engage your abdominals and slightly tuck in the tailbone. In this position, your buttocks and hips relax. This can help prevent pain down the back of the legs which often occurs during pregnancy. The tissue around your pelvis will also be more stabilised when you adopt the neutral position with engaged abdominals.
- If an asana involves twisting, twist from the shoulders rather than the waist. Don’t go deep into the twist; keep it light and comfortable. Don’t put pressure on your abdomen.
- Above all, listen to your body and stop as soon as you feel the beginnings of discomfort. The way you do the poses will change as your body grows. Our instructors for prenatal yoga in Melbourneare happy to help you find modifications to the yoga poses to suit the stage of pregnancy you’re in.
Try Pregnancy Yoga in Melbourne Today
If you’re interested in doing yoga during pregnancy, we have highly qualified instructors who can show you which poses are safe and advisable. Our pregnancy yoga classes in Brunswick, Melbourne also allow you to meet other pregnant women and form a strong supportive community of mums to be. To book in for classes, call us today on 0432 293 924.