Yoga for Pregnancy

Pregnant? Postpartum? Yoga is a wonderful complementary practice to incorporate before and after baby is born.

Prenatal yoga has several benefits for moms including stress reduction, increased fitness, and stamina to prepare for birth, and promotion of emotional wellbeing which helps you prepare mentally for birth. It can also help to prevent or alleviate common aches and pains of pregnancy (think back pain, hip pain) and reduce fluid retention by improving circulation.

Postnatal yoga is a way to be gentle and nurturing with yourself after going through a major physical and emotional transformation. It can help improve mood, give mom a bit of (very important!) time to herself, repair and restore your core and pelvic floor, and relieve aches and pains by countering positions like being hunched over to breastfeed. 

At Bliss Yoga Studio, you will find an accepting, welcoming and open environment that will allow you to connect not only with yourself during this period of transformation but also with other mothers. Join us today to see how the practice can enliven and empower you through this time.

Meet your Instructor

Mara is a mom, public health professional, and yoga teacher. Movement and mindfulness are her tools of choice to learn to be present in all aspects of life, good or challenging. Her dream is to use her physical and spiritual yoga skills to aid bereaved mothers through their grief journey. Learn more about Mara and the services she offers at lionheartyogi.com

Yoga for Pregnancy Classes

Starting October 1st, 2021

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Moms and Babes Yoga

Friday’s 12- 1 pm

Moms with babes from birth up to active crawling are invited to join us for this weekly class. You will experience all the benefits of yoga plus:

    • Have a unique bonding opportunity with your baby
    • Meet other new moms (or moms with new babies
    • Practice yoga in a baby-friendly environment

All types of moms are welcome, and this is a breastfeeding-friendly environment 

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Prenatal Yoga

Sundays 10:30 – 11:30 am

6 week session, please visit our schedule page for session dates.

Join us for a 6 week session and use movement and meditation to stabilize and relax the body and prepare yourself for what’s to come. Key benefits include:

  • Promotion of relaxation and stress management
  • Improves general health for pregnancy and birth
  • Alleviates common aches and pains of pregnancy

All levels of experience with yoga are welcome as well as all stages of pregnancy. Please ensure you have the approval of your physician prior to starting any new exercise during pregnancy.

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Private Postnatal Yoga Sessions

Schedule directly with Mara at lionheartyogi.com

Interested in postnatal yoga, but wanting a more tailored and personal experience? A private session might be the right option for you. Learn the breathing, movement, and meditation skills of the practice to nurture yourself, strengthen and stabilize the body, decrease stress, and improve relaxation, diminish aches and pains associated with pregnancy and postpartum, and safely learn to come back into your body once baby has arrived. The one-on-one environment will allow us to choose postures that work best for your body’s needs.

Next Steps…

Purchase a pricing option

Moms and Babes Yoga meets weekly. Attend a single class for $16 or purchase our 10 Class Punch Card for $120. Prenatal Yoga meets weekly in a 6 week series. Attend a single class for $16 or register for the entire series for $72. Choose the options that suit your needs.

Decide on In-Person or Live Streaming

In person attendance is limited to 8 adult participants for Moms and Babes Yoga and to 10 participants for Prenatal Yoga. All classes are available by Zoom live streaming if you would prefer. Please visit our Policies & Procedures page for tips on how to register and receive your Zoom meeting invite.

Register for Class

Once your punch card or walk in is purchased, you can register for a class through our MindBody Online web portal on the Schedule page or download the MindBody Online app for your phone. If you need any assistance with registration, please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email.

Try Other Pregnancy Friendly Classes

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Gentle Flow

This class is designed for beginners through intermediate students that are looking for slower paced movement while focusing on stretching and relaxing. In Gentle Flow, you’ll be guided through basic poses using props to allow the body to fully achieve each pose comfortably. This class is great for students looking for a more gentle experience, those who are new to yoga, or those that may be taking care of injuries and experience some limitations.

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Evening Movement & Meditation

This slower paced evening class is designed to allow you to surrender the burdens your mind and body have experienced during the day and leave you calm and relaxed and ready for sleep.

The quality of surrender is designed to relinquish effort and allow feeling back in. Often we grip so tightly onto things in our lives to gain a sense of control and comfort as we embrace the unknown. In this practice, we invite you to explore vulnerability, leave behind all attachments, and let yourself be just as you are. You will be guided through a soothing exploration of the body, mind, and spirit’s current state through yoga postures and meditation.

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Blissed Out (Breathe/Stretch/Relax)

Get ready to relax from the chaos of daily life and find your blissful center. Class is a blend of seated and reclined Restorative and Yin yoga postures with self massage via Therapy Balls. Various yoga props are used to support our postures so total relaxation can be obtained and specific areas will be targeted for deep stretch and massage. Breath work and mindfulness techniques are explored to round out the experience of release. You will leave feeling completely Blissed Out! This class is appropriate for all levels, even those without any yoga experience.

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be prepared

  • Bring a yoga mat, or use a complimentary studio mat
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in but that also allow your teacher to see your alignment.
  • Take off your socks & shoes and leave them up front.
  • Turn off your cell phone and leave it up front during class. No cell phone allowed in the studio, please!
  •  Talk to your instructor if you have any health issues or worries.
  •  Arrive 10 min early so you don’t feel rushed.
  •  Quitely wait for class to begin.
  •  Don’t eat too much close to class start time.

All You Need To Know

frequently asked questions

  • Bring a Yoga mat if you have one and if you don’t we have some at the studio!
  • Bring a water bottle if you like to rehydrate during movement.
  • Wear clothing that allows you to move freely. Your clothing should not be so loose that it pulls away from the body went bent over, but not so tight you can’t breath and move freely.
  • Be prepared to move and also be prepared to have moments of stillness.
  • Bring a positive and open attitude towards the discovery of your new practice!

If it’s your first class, we recommend 10-15 minutes prior to class start. This will allow the instructor to help get you set up and show you the studio. If you’re a regular practitioner we recommend 5-10 minutes prior to class start time so you can get centered and comfortable.

Please note, we are unable to accommodate late entry to class and the entrance doors will be locked for the safety of our students and their belongings. Doors will re-open 15 minutes prior to the next scheduled class.

We happily accept walk ins. You do not need to pre-register for class, however in classes that are full, pre-registration guarantees your spot over a walk-in.

Please consult your physician and have them clear you for yoga before attending class. After you have consulted your physician, please let your instructor know of any conditions prior to class so she/he can be aware of the condition as well as offer options for you to feel successful and safe in class.

We strongly encourage you to leave your cell phone in your car or in our storage cubbies so there is no distraction. Cell phones aren’t allowed in the practice area during class to offer respect to all participants. The instructor will lock the front door to the studio so that all possessions are secure.

We encourage you to stay for a full class, however, if you need to leave a few minutes early, please let your instructor know so she or he knows you are ok. Then quietly gather your things and exit with as little distraction as possible. We also ask, that you leave prior to the entire close moving into final relaxation to minimize the disruption.