Prenatal Yoga

Sunday 10:30 am & Wednesday 7:30 pm

(Prior Sign-up or Telephonic appointment required)

 

Happiness Pregnancy Program is intended for all expecting mothers to prepare them for stress-free child birth. Our strength building yogasana are coupled with breathing exercises as well as meditation to help you connect more deeply with yourself and your baby.

Our prenatal yoga classes offer a balanced sequence of joint mobility exercises, seated postures, standing postures, hip openers, breathing, and relaxation exercises -- leaving out the contraindicated postures, but still offering a balanced practice."

Yoga helps you breathe and relax, which in turn can help you adjust to the physical demands of pregnancy, labor, birth, and motherhood. It calms both mind and body, providing the physical and emotional stress relief your body needs throughout pregnancy.

 
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What are the benefits of Pregnancy yoga??

 

Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies, such as

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
  • Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, headaches and shortness of breath
  • Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby's growth.

While participating in a prenatal yoga class, you are getting the opportunity to meet other expecting mothers whom you can share your concerns with and embark on this journey together.

 

How does Yoga effect inside the body

During pregnancy your body goes through many changes, which creates stress on you mentally and physically. A way to maintain a healthy mind and body is prenatal yoga.

Looking specifically at a pregnant woman’s body, yoga can specifically work the areas with the most need in a class geared toward pregnant women. Below are some of the most important pains, areas of interest and common pregnancy issues yoga can safely and gently alleviate and improve.

 
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What you need to know about safety precautions

Talk to your health care provider or doctor. Before you begin a prenatal yoga program, make sure you have your health care provider's OK. You might not be able to do prenatal yoga if you are at increased risk of preterm labor or have certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or back problems.  Remember to moderate your yoga routine to about 30 minutes for physical asana and 30 minutes for breathing exercise, meditation & relaxation. Try not to push yourself. Yoga is a means to relax, so there is no reason to push yourself, which isn’t safe or healthy for an expecting mother.

While there are many benefits to yoga, it is important to remember not all yoga is safe for pregnant women. Avoid practicing in general or intense yoga classes unless you are well acquaint of yoga practice, anatomy & physiology. One should practice under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher in prenatal yoga classes only.

Any poses in which you lie flat on your back, or require a lot of abdominal stretching, are also not recommended for pregnant women.

 
 

Our prenatal yoga class involves

Breathing : 

You'll be encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques might help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.

Gentle stretching : 

You'll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body, such as your neck and arms, through their full range of motion.

Postures :  

While standing, sitting or lying on the ground, you'll gently move your body into different positions aimed at developing your strength, flexibility and balance.

Cool down and relaxation :  

At the end of the class, you'll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You might be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner quietness.

 
 

Days : Sunday  10:30 am to 11:30 pm (60 minutes)

          Wednesday 7:30 pm-8:30 pm (60 minutes)

Fees : $ 18 per single drop-in OR  $90 for a pass of 6 classes 

 

Eligibility : This is a group class for expectant mothers. If you have any medical concerns, physical limitation or any special care required, please consult yoga teacher before joining the program. Before joining yoga programs you must seek your Doctors' advice and permission. 

For any help, please feel free to call us (202) 422-7762 or (202)903-1057

In case you need more classes in a week, please feel free to ask for. We will be more than happy to help you. 

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