*The following article assumes a healthy pregnancy. If you have complications of any kind, consult your doctor before undertaking yoga or any form of exercise.
There are many types of yoga practices, and, whether pregnant or not, your goal should always be to practice what is going to be the most beneficial to you and avoid that which is not helpful (or even detrimental) to you. If you’re looking for a class in a studio, online, or in a book, first consider where you’re starting from.
If you are…
- Brand new to yoga
- Coming back after a long break
- A sporadic yoga practitioner
…I highly recommend classes that are specifically prenatal yoga classes. You may find the environment in a prenatal class to be more supportive and inviting. It is important that the instructor is familiar with the changes you’re undergoing, not only to make your experience more enjoyable, but also for safety. You will be far less likely to hurt yourself or your baby in a class geared toward the particular needs of pregnancy.
If you had a…
- Regular, established vigorous vinyasa practice previous to pregnancy
- Regular, established gentle hatha flow practice previous to pregnancy
- Regular, established restorative practice previous to pregnancy
…you are familiar with yoga postures and your body is already conditioned for them. You may continue to practice in a similar fashion, with certain modifications (see future posts), IF it feels right to you to do so. Your body is constantly changing during pregnancy, so it is important that you are always prepared to make adjustments and modifications to your practice in response to those changes.
The video above is marked “all levels.” This means that it can be appropriate for a beginner or an experienced practitioner with a strong practice. It is intended to be accessible during any trimester. In this practice, we emphasize the cultivation and maintenance of balance and strength, so you may find this is better to do on a day you have more energy.
More videos to come! Happy practicing!