A newly-pregnant mama e-mailed us a great question about when to start prenatal yoga. Jennifer Colletti, one of Blooma’s many wonderful yoga teachers, answers below. To join one of Jennifer’s classes, check out these times: Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:30 a.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m., and a week-long outdoor prenatal camp beginning Aug. 17 (today!).
Q: I just found out that I’m pregnant. When should I start going to prenatal yoga classes instead of my regular class?
A: You can start right away! Of course, always check in with your doctor first. It’s nice to connect with a prenatal teacher early in your pregnancy, for many reasons. The practice is slightly different than your regular practice and prenatal teachers are well-versed in the best postures to do for your changing body and growing baby. The prenatal practice (although still challenging) is generally a bit gentler on the body than a traditional class, which is important with the hormones increasing and softening the joints in your body.
Another reason to start prenatal classes early-on is to start building community with other pregnant women. It is amazing to connect with other women going through the same process that you are!
If you have had a history of pregnancy complications or a history of miscarriages (two or more), take it easy through first trimester. This is a great time to work on a meditation routine which will help the labor and delivery process. This is a critical time of development for baby, so holding off on yoga or other vigorous activity through this trimester is important. Check in with your doctor, and see if they are comfortable with you starting yoga second trimester.
**A very light yoga routine may be possible first trimester with approval from your doctor, please contact Jennifer to discuss.
Jennifer, Alisa, Sarah, & the women of Blooma
A repeat performance of Jennifer Colletti’s fabulous, outdoor bootcamp is coming up in the form of gentle, outdoor yoga for both prenatal and postnatal moms.
The class runs Monday through Friday, Aug. 17-21, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning, at Lake Harriet. Childcare is available at Blooma, too ($20 per child for the whole week!). The class is geared toward pregnant moms, those just getting back to working out after giving birth, or those who simply want a gentler yoga practice.
Imagine practicing yoga and breathing deeply in a beautiful setting, allowing the mind, body and spirit the chance to absorb your outdoor surroundings.
Here’s what one mom had to say about the bootcamp Jennifer taught earlier this summer:
“By the end of the week, I was breathing easier and had more energy than I had felt in months. Jennifer varied the practice— one day had extensive breathing and meditating while we listened to the breeze … and the birds singing, and distant people starting their morning routines. The next day we had an energetic walk to get our blood moving, and another day we spent a great deal of time in standing poses. At the end of the week, I was wishing it wouldn’t end!”
Sign up now (under the Workshops tab, $100 for the week) and plan to enjoy all that the breeze, the sun, the grass, and the trees have to offer you each morning!
Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma