Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness
We focus on stretching postures and strength-building exercises with modifications to help expecting mothers adapt to changes that occur during each trimester. Appropriate for women in various stages of pregnancy, from first to third trimester, private prenatal yoga also helps develop concentration and focus to aid during labor and delivery.
Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
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to improving overall health.
Yoga for Fertility
The tension that comes with trying to achieve pregnancy has consequences of its own. “Fertility frustration” triggers the release of stress hormones, which in turn have a negative impact on reproductive balance and the ability to conceive.
Yoga can help to restore your reproductive balance and counter the effects of stress in a way that encourages successful conception. In fact, studies have found that just 10 weeks of yoga resulted in increased conception rates.
1. Domar, A., Clapp, D., Slawsby, E., Dusek, J., Kessel, B., Freizinger, M (
2000) Impact of group psychological interventions on pregnancy rates in infertile women. Fertility and Sterility 73(4): 805-811. 2. Domar, A., Seibel, M., & Benson, H (1990) The Mind/Body Program for Infertility: A new treatment program for women with infertility. Fertility and Sterility 53: 246-249. 3. Cooper BC., Gerber, JR., McGettrick, AL., Johnson, JV. (2007) Perceived infertility-related stress correlates with in vitro fertilization outcome. Fertility and Sterility 88(3): 714-717. 4. Facchinetti,F, Matteo, ML., Artini, GP., Volpe, A., Genazzani, AR. (1997) An increased vulnerability to stress is associated with a poor outcome of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer treatment. Fertility and Sterility 67(2): 309-314.
Research: Yoga for Fertility
Mind body techniques such as yoga have also been shown to improve in vitro fertilization success rates by lowering stress hormones. In a behavioral study of 151 women undergoing IVF, birth rates were 93% higher for women with the lowest stress and depression levels. (3) Conversely, high stress rates were shown to diminish IVF success rates. (4)
of a regular yoga practice
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calming, restorative effect
on the mind and body.
The days and weeks following childbirth can be difficult for new moms. You may be recovering from a C-section or an episiotomy in addition to the inherent physical exhaustion of labor. Your abdominal muscles have stretched to inches within their limits and now need to regain their strength and pre-pregnancy shape, your back and hips may feel tight and inflexible, and you may even feel psychologically detached from your body—a stranger to the new you.
Our postnatal yoga sessions are designed to strengthen your body, give you energy, and help you relax and meet the unique challenges that come with being a new mom. We specifically focus on rebuilding strength in the abdomen, back and pelvic muscles; releasing tension in the shoulders and neck; and opening the chest. The personalized approach of our private postnatal yoga instructors also addresses other common issues and concerns that may arise in this new chapter of life.
It is important to check with your doctor or midwife before starting any exercise. Here are the general guidelines:
- Mothers recovering from Cesarean delivery should wait at least 6-10 weeks
- Mothers that are recovering from vaginal birth should wait 4-6 weeks
New moms are welcome to have their babies at the sessions!
Prenatal and Postnatal Personal Training
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