Thinking of joining a postnatal yoga class? A few things to consider –
Congratulations on welcoming your little one into the world! You did it! Now it is time to nurture yourself and create time for you and Baby. Joining a postnatal yoga or mommy baby yoga class is a great opportunity to ease your way back into movement and connection to your body after the birth of your baby. The classes are designed to help you connect to Baby, reconnect to yourself, and slowly find your way into stretching and strengthening your body. A time to heal on all levels – emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Benefits of Postnatal Yoga:
- Nurturing yourself
- Connecting and bonding to Baby
- Promotes rest and relaxation
- Relieves stiffness in the shoulders, neck and back from carrying and breastfeeding Baby
- Expands breathing
- Community of other postpartum women
- Provides emotional support and healing
- Helps restore hormonal balance
- Strengthening a focus on the pelvic floor
- Rediscover your abdominal muscles and core strength
- Whole body movements for stamina and strength
- Maintains flexibility in the spine and joints
When to Join a Class / Course:
Many women are ready to begin a gentle practice 6-12 week after delivery. In general, it is recommended 6-8 weeks after vaginal birth, and 12 weeks after caesarean, but ultimately every woman is different, and it is up to you and your doctor when it is ok to begin.
Classes are designed with mom in focus, so classes are open for babies from 6-12 weeks up until crawling age – normally between 8-10 months of age. At this time, women start to notice how she’s chasing Baby around, rather than participating. Then it is time to join another class!
Baby During Class:
Worried about joining an hour long class? How will Baby be each day?
Babies will make noises, cry and wiggle around – this is ok! Sometimes baby will want to be fed or held for part of the class, other times babies are happy laying on their blanket. Feel free to do whatever you need to do during class – breastfeed, walk around the room, change a diaper. The important part is that you and Baby show up to class, open to whatever happens! Even a couple of minutes of movement is beneficial, you gain the most by being there, breathing and connecting with your baby.
Does this sound like a good fit for you?