Prenatal Yoga

Functional Movement. Support. Community.

Ongoing group classes and private sessions, designed to soothe, strengthen, and prepare your pregnant body for physiological childbirth. 

The SMB approach to prenatal yoga has three objectives: to make pregnancy more comfortable, to prepare the body and mind for childbirth, and to provide an opportunity for community support. Labor and birth are a collaboration between the birther and the baby. The job of the baby is to squirm and find its way out of the birth canal. The job of the birther is to make the maximum amount of space in order to help babe escape. Come to learn more and to enjoy the process!

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Planning a Cesarean Birth?

If you are planning a cesarean birth, you are still very welcome in this class! Pelvic and vaginal work is useful for ensuring a more comfortable pregnancy (not just for the birthing process). This work is also lays the foundation for a more functional surgical recovery by preparing and strengthening the tissues that will be affected by surgery, hopefully aiding in easier postpartum healing.

Why is prenatal yoga helpful to you in preparation for birth?

  • 1 Understand the pelvis! Learn which movements and positions help the baby engage, move through, and exit the pelvis
  • 2 Help with the symptoms of pregnancy - Yoga asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques) can be incredible palliative measures for the symptoms of pregnancy, as well as invaluable tools for the journey through labor and birth.
  • 3 Join a community of other birthing parents - learn from each other, share resources, offer and receive support
  • 4 Introduction to a mindfulness practice - connecting with your babe and with yourself
  • 5 Weekly access to a trained birth professional (doula, childbirth educator, student midwife) - bring your questions!

Expect a thoughtful combination of discussion, yoga, functional movement, and meditation, all designed to prepare the mind and body for childbirth. In addition, this class includes a childbirth educational component: helping birthing people learn movements and techniques that can be used during labor to encourage more easeful birthing. Come to enjoy playful, safe, mindful movement with your growing babe, while connecting with other birthing people in your community.

This class is designed to be accessible to most bodies, regardless of size, flexibility, or level of fitness. We welcome YOU.

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NOTE:

Statistically, both yoga classes and spaces for pregnant people are exclusive. My ethical convictions (and the yogic teachings) fuel my commitment to equity and inclusion. It is my deepest aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment. This class is open to birthing people of all races and genders, including trans and gender non-conforming folks. If this class is cost-prohibitive, please reach out and we will work together to find a solution.