Prenatal yoga boasts powerful benefits. What does the science say about yoga for moms having babies?
Benefits of prenatal yoga are are:
- shorter labor
- less pain in labor
- decreased back pain
- fewer cases of pregnancy-induced hypertension, gestational diabetes
- decrease in perceived stress levels, depression and anxiety
It’s no surprise that prenatal yoga is a growing trend among pregnant mothers.
Certainly, if you are looking for an exercise during pregnancy that benefits mind, body and soul, prenatal yoga is the workout for you.
Some moms report that searching for “prenatal yoga classes near me” feels a little disappointing. They struggle to find a class that really works for them.
As busy moms preparing for a baby, they need classes that are both affordable and fit in their schedule. I have heard that many moms are not finding this. Is this you? Are you be finding that an ah-mazing class is harder to find than you’d expect?
When I was pregnant, I struggled with this too.
I live in Washington State, which, according to doyouyoga is one of the 8 most yoga obsessed states in the country. Only Alaska, New York and, surprisingly Vermont (yes, I’ll take a side of Ben and Jerry’s with my yoga please) have more yogis.
I can get to over 10 regular yoga studios in under 10 minutes from my house. Yet, to find a prenatal yoga studio, I spent hours online looking for a studio and found none.
Here’s what I look for in a prenatal yoga studio:
These are absolute musts for me when looking for a prenatal yoga studio:
- 1. A reasonable distance from my house
- Classes that fit my schedule
- Instructors that can answer my questions and help me get to know my pregnant body.
If you read about my prenatal yoga journey, you know that I had to do yoga while I was pregnant. For my mental health, it was a non-option to skip out. My persistence led to finding a few creative ways to get that prenatal yoga class in.
So here’s the secret to finding high quality prenatal yoga classes that are budget friendly and easy to get to.
3. Ask for referrals in a local facebook group.
Often yoga studios are not run by people who are focusing their time and attention on ranking their website on google. Word of mouth is often the BEST referral source. By asking on facebook groups, you crowd source your knowledge and get access to the obscure and wonderful classes that don’t need to google to be successful.
2. Consider hiring a private instructor to come to you.
Yes, this is pricier. Yetwhen you hire a private instructor, you don’t have to bend your schedule and you don’t have to leave your home. Invite a friend or 2 and enjoy a weekly custom class. Other benefits of custom classes are having an instructor that can help you become comfortable with your changing body and help you adjust as needed. Your needs will change weekly, and sometimes even daily, while you are pregnant.
And for my favorite option:
3. Take your yoga journey online and do prenatal yoga from the comfort of your living room!
If you love the idea of having custom classes but can’t imagine paying for a private instructor, I have the perfect solution for you. MRTNL online prenatal yoga and meditation classes. Finding MTRNL prenatal yoga classes was a life saver for me.
With my 3 to 5 time a week yoga habit, $17 a class at the studio was simply too expensive. On the other hand, unlimited classes for about $40 a month fit nicely in the budget. MTNL wins!
Driving 30 minutes at to get to a class that was only offered at 7PM right in the middle of my toddlers bedtime was impossible. Turning on a yoga flow after tucking my little one in at bed was not only doable but gave me something to look forward too. MTRNL wins again!
I absolutely loved practicing yoga with my twinkly lights, soft music and privacy as I was preparing for birth. All of the physical and emotional work I did in my yoga classes helped me be more comfortable while I was pregnant and more confident for birth.
These are the prenatal yoga classes you seriously don’t want to miss:
You have a full week to try as many classes as you want FREE with MTRNL. These were some of my favorite classes that you should definitely check out during your free trial.
- Toning the layers of your pelvic floor (not peeing when I sneeze is a high priority for me during pregnancy. lol.)
- Tight hips, swollen ankles and rush of delicious endorphines
- A super chill, restorative practice to unwind before a good nap
As you can imagine, I was so grateful I had these classes streamed right onto my phone.
My birth with Hazel was the best experience of my life and it wouldn’t have been the same without my yoga preparation.
If you are ready to try a free week of prenatal yoga, sign up here.
There is a reason more and more women are signing up for prenatal yoga classes and incorporating yoga into their birth prep. It changes your life. I hope these tips help you find a class that works for you!