My yoga practice has been an integral part of my life for close to 15 years now. Naturally, when I was pregnant my practice provided me with an opportunity to quiet down and listen to my body, connect with my baby, and most of all help me prepare my body for my birth. Yoga helped to keep my mind sane and relieved the aches and pains from my growing belly. It was such a wonderful way to nourish my body and baby throughout my pregnancy. I often encourage my prenatal massage clients to find a local prenatal yoga class to learn various yoga poses to help relieve muscle tension between massages.
Many of the yoga breathing techniques can be used in labor as well. Just like you can go deep and find the strength to hold a pose you despise for over a minute in a yoga class you can use that same strength and determination to work through a contraction in labor. Similar to being in a yoga pose, during birth we are releasing and surrendering, using our breath, and our focus. You can do anything for a minute! Contractions come and go but you always get a break. Yoga is a wonderful self care tool to help guide you through your pregnancy and birth gracefully.
Here is a current list (as of Oct 2015) of yoga studios in Northeast Ohio that offer yoga classes to pregnant women. There are a variety of prenatal classes in the greater Cleveland area some are very slow and restorative and others are more invigorating but hopefully you will find a class that will help to quiet your mind, ease your aches, and leave you feeling stronger and more confident in your body.
Prental Yoga Thursdays at 5:30-6:45pm
Location: 12732 Larchmere Cleveland, OH 44120
Prenatal Yoga Sundays 4:00-5:00pm
Location: 7312 Center Street Mentor OH, 44060
Prenatal Yoga Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm and Saturdays 9:45am
Location: 524 E. Washington Street Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
Inner Bliss Yoga Studio
Pregnant Goddess Flow Tuesdays 6:15-7:30
Location: 29055 Clemens Road Westlake, Ohio 44145
Insight Learning and Wellness
Prenatal Yoga Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Location: 25901 Emery Rd, 112 Warrensville, OH 44128
Prana Yoga and Dance
Prenatal Yoga Thursdays 8:15-9:15pm
Location: 7976 Broadview Rd, Broadview Heights, OH 44147
Prenatal Yoga Mondays 7:15-8:15, Wednesday 4:45-5:45, and Saturday 12:00-1:15pm
Location: 15602 Detroit Ave Lakewood, OH 44107
The Mandel Jewish Community Center
Prenatal Yoga Sundays at 11:35am
Prenatal Pilates Sundays 1:30-2:30pm
Location: 26001 S. Woodland Road Beachwood, OH 44122
Enjoy your prenatal yoga practice!
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