What to Expect in a Pregnancy Yoga Class

What can you expect in a pregnancy yoga class?

Well, you’ll likely be asked to bring your own mat, or you might be allowed to borrow one from the instructor’s supply. You’ll probably be encouraged to use accessories (such as bolsters, blocks, wedges or folded blankets) to achieve proper alignment.

The average yoga class will usually include the following segments:

An introduction. Your yoga teacher will want to know how far along you are in your pregnancy and any aches and pains you're having. You'll likely get a chance to mingle with other mothers-to-be during this time.

A short period of relaxation. Like regular yoga classes, the session typically begins with a quick period of rest and introspection, where you focus inward. This is a practice you might find useful during labour.

A brief warmup. You'll slowly get your body moving, so your muscles and joints are ready for class.

A standing flow. This will incorporate pelvic floor and abdominal toning movements, then hip and chest opening poses, all the while emphasising deep, diaphragmatic breathing. Generally, many of the poses you perform are similar to those performed in regular yoga class, they'll just be modified for your safety.

Gentle stretching. Your teacher will lead you through a few stretches to further lengthen and relax your muscles. This should feel good!

A modification of savasana. After all your hard work, your instructor will direct you to chill out in "savasana" - where you'll lie on your back with your eyes closed. The pose will be modified depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. In your second trimester, you’d lay on your back with a bolster to prop your upper body up at a 45-degree angle, while in your third trimester, you’d lay on your side with a bolster and blanket for support. Expect to hold this position for six or seven minutes. It’s a peaceful pose intended to bring about total relaxation. And it’s well deserved!

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What to Expect in a Pregnancy Yoga Class

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What can you expect in a pregnancy yoga class?

Well, you’ll likely be asked to bring your own mat, or you might be allowed to borrow one from the instructor’s supply. You’ll probably be encouraged to use accessories (such as bolsters, blocks, wedges or folded blankets) to achieve proper alignment.

The average yoga class will usually include the following segments:

An introduction. Your yoga teacher will want to know how far along you are in your pregnancy and any aches and pains you're having. You'll likely get a chance to mingle with other mothers-to-be during this time.

A short period of relaxation. Like regular yoga classes, the session typically begins with a quick period of rest and introspection, where you focus inward. This is a practice you might find useful during labour.

A brief warmup. You'll slowly get your body moving, so your muscles and joints are ready for class.

A standing flow. This will incorporate pelvic floor and abdominal toning movements, then hip and chest opening poses, all the while emphasising deep, diaphragmatic breathing. Generally, many of the poses you perform are similar to those performed in regular yoga class, they'll just be modified for your safety.

Gentle stretching. Your teacher will lead you through a few stretches to further lengthen and relax your muscles. This should feel good!

A modification of savasana. After all your hard work, your instructor will direct you to chill out in "savasana" - where you'll lie on your back with your eyes closed. The pose will be modified depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. In your second trimester, you’d lay on your back with a bolster to prop your upper body up at a 45-degree angle, while in your third trimester, you’d lay on your side with a bolster and blanket for support. Expect to hold this position for six or seven minutes. It’s a peaceful pose intended to bring about total relaxation. And it’s well deserved!