Do you accept walk-ins? Do I need to pre-register for class?
Walk-ins are accepted, however, we highly advise you to make a class reservation since classes tend to fill up quick (bonus: there’s no penalty if you can’t make it to class despite making a reservation). Registration also helps us know how many people to expect and to be most efficient with the check-in process for prompt start time. If it’s your first time attending, please arrive about 15 minutes before class so we can help settle you in appropriately.
I’m not all that coordinated, balanced or flexible. Do I need to prepare before attending class?
Not at all. Yoga practice is called practice for the simple reason that you can start wherever you are, with whatever you have, anytime, anywhere. Our personal practice is a life-long journey of self-discovery. You don’t need any prerequisites or have to know any postures names and certainly there’s no expectations of what you “should” or “need” to accomplish in your practice, so that means no pressure! Every time you practice, it will be a new, different and unique experience that you get to feel and discover into you. How exciting!
What do I need to bring to class?
Most importantly, bring yourself. We do have yoga mats, blocks, straps, cushions and other props available for you to use in class as well as water. Otherwise, if you prefer to use any of your own items, such as a towel (these we do not supply), do go ahead and bring them to use. Also, you may want to have socks and and extra shirt or covering to keep you warm ‘n cozy while we’re resting in final relaxation pose (savasana). And certainly bringing friends is always great!
What do I wear to practice? Is there a place to change/stash my stuff?
Wear anything that’s comfortable that doesn’t feel restrictive so you can move easily and freely. Wearing layers is generally a good idea in case you get chilly or too warm. There are facilities for you to change if needed. There’s plenty of space for everyone and everything.
What’s the advantage of working one-on-one/semi-privately vs. attending group classes? How can I do that?
Many reasons. Sometimes newbies like to take a few private sessions to get the “basics” down so they can more confidently practice in a group setting. Or, someone might be recovering from an injury and need extra individual care. Others may find that having this higher level of commitment in schedule keeps them on top of their practice. The convenience of Michelle (or another instructor) going directly to you, at the time you want, simply can’t be beaten. Regardless of the reason, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn and will love the enhanced benefits received from this exceptionally personalized, custom practice. Heads up: you’re gonna love it! To schedule, email: [email protected]
I’ve never practiced pre/postnatal (or any) yoga before. Is it ok for me to attend class?
No problem, since no prior experience is necessary. So long as your doctor has approved you to safely begin practicing yoga and as long as you feel up for taking class, you’re good to go. We’ll help guide you accordingly to give you the best Pre/postnatal yoga experience possible!
What trimesters are appropriate and safe to practice prenatal yoga?
Since our class is conservatively paced and gentle in approach, it is safe to practice as early as the first trimester (with prior doctor approval) and can be enjoyed throughout the entire pregnancy — all the way to labor! Many women, however, simply find it too uncomfortable to practice very early on in their pregnancy due to the influx of hormones that typically cause morning sickness or fatigue. As a result, it’s common to start practicing late in the first trimester — early in the second trimester once those symptoms have subsided. The second trimester is typically the most physically comfortable stage of pregnancy, so practicing during this trimester is quite enjoyable. And it’s not uncommon for women to attend classes or practice at home up to their due date or even beyond. In fact, yoga (along with other holistic practices such as massage or acupuncture) can all be incredible ways to naturally help induce and sustain labor, especially by practicing poses related to the pelvis (squats, kegels, chair, hip circles, etc.). It truly is a lifelong practice and journey!
I’ve been trying to get pregnant. Can yoga help with conceiving? Can I attend the Pre/postnatal class?
Absolutely! The Pre/postnatal class is specialized for those who are already pregnant, have been pregnant and who want to get pregnant. It literally functions as an incubator to support whoever is inside, including your potential future baby or your partner, should they want to attend. Yoga can certainly help improve fertility, prepare you for pregnancy and to get pregnant.
How often is it recommended to practice Pre/Postnatal yoga?
The more you can practice, the better you’ll feel. More practicing = more preparation for labor and increased chance of smooth, efficient recovery postpartum. The prenatal and postnatal body changes so rapidly, that if you miss a class or an entire week, it could easily feel like a whole month until your next session! Whether you can make class frequently or note, we do encourage you to practice on your own, especially when targeting a particular part in need or in preparing for labor. It all adds up to feeling your best as often as you can.
If I get dizzy, fatigued, thirsty, hungry or anything else during class, what should I do?
Attend to your immediate needs. If at any time while practicing you need to take a rest, modify a posture, use the restroom, drink water or eat a snack, take care to listen to your body and do what you need to do. You and your unborn baby’s health and safety are our top priorities within each class, therefore your needs are our needs. Please alert us to anything questionable or urgent during the class, so we can assist you accordingly.
Who should avoid practicing prenatal yoga?
If a pregnant woman is considered “high-risk” or has been given strict instructions by her practitioner to avoid or minimize physical activity (such as yoga or other forms of physical exertion), then it would be permissible to heed the practitioner’s advice. However, certain less physical aspects of yoga can still be practiced, such as gentle breathing (pranayama), visualization and meditation so the benefits surrounding this type of work can continue to be received mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I’m experiencing some uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. Are these common? Can you recommend any holistic care?
Ah, yes, the common yet unpredictable prenatal (and postnatal) symptoms…Most women do experience certain fleeting discomforts or ailments during pregnancy such as: nauseousness; lower back ache; tightened neck, shoulders, and ribs; calf cramps; general feeling of no space inside; shortness of breath; carpal tunnel or wrist sensitivity; stuffy nose; swelling; sciatica; pelvic pain; difficulty sleeping. The good news is, these discomforts are often temporary and coping mechanisms are available to provide relief. For example, practicing prenatal yoga, getting a massage, or having acupuncture and chiropractic work done by practitioners specializing in prenatal bodywork. Ask us about our many excellent holistic recommendations for you!
How soon after delivery can I start exercising or practicing yoga?
It depends on your labor experience and how your body is feeling. It’s ok to gradually resume exercising when you feel up to it, however, it’s typically safe to slowly resume exercise 4-6 weeks after a vaginal birth and 6-8 weeks after a C-section. Your practitioner can more specifically advise what’s best for your personal needs. Regardless, the most important thing to be mindful of when resuming physical activity is to gently ease back into it. Even though you’re probably excited and anxious to start moving again, rushing or overexerting yourself will ultimately not serve you or baby. Being patient, taking your time and feeling your way into whatever you’re trying is key so you can move safely and with ease. You’ll gradually get to know your new postnatal body — it’s different than your pregnant or pre-pregnant body, so enjoy the process and CONGRATS, you’re officially a mom now!
Now that my newborn’s finally here, I could really use a helping hand in learning how to care for myself and baby, get support and recover. Any suggestions?
Yes. No matter how prepared you are for your baby’s big arrival, there’s nothing like the real thing when the baby’s actually here! To help you smoothly and calmly transition into this extraordinary life change is someone called a Postpartum Doula. Caring for you might include: placenta encapsulation; birth processing; emotional and energetic support (reiki and postnatal massage); belly binding and moxibustion treatment. Caring for you and baby could include: learning and giving infant massage; basic care and instruction to assist you in bathing, diapering and caring for your child’s umbilical cord; assistance and guidance on breastfeeding and lactation, aka Lactation Counseling, and learning baby-wearing 101. Care for your household: light cooking, cleaning and errand-running like grocery and supply shopping, etc. to help keep your home front in happy working order. Remember, you don’t have to do it all yourself — having help makes all the difference in the world!