Prenatal Yoga includes sequences and yoga postures that especially and specifically benefit and strengthen women's bodies and minds in the transformative experience of pregnancy. Physical and nervine strength, and mental and emotional stability is developed through the mindful practice of yoga postures. Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques are taught to help calm the nerves through the experience of pregnancy, birth, postpartum healing and beyond. Pregnant mothers are welcomed to attend the prenatal yoga class at IYCGR when offered, or attend Level 1 or Level 1 - 2 classes taught by Jennifer Beaumont. Tuition is the same as the other classes at IYCGR.
The Iyengar method of teaching includes demonstration with explanations of what to do in the postures, and individualized correction and adjustment. Supporting these postures with props (such as bolster, blankets, ropes, belts, blocks, wall) help with opening the hips and the relaxation of the groins (upper inner thighs) which allows the pelvis to have more space, and to facilitate extension of the spine, which helps make space for the baby, and relieves discomfort and pain for the mother. Having support allows the pregnant mother to hold postures for longer periods of time allows for rest, more space for breathing, and for the experience of inner peace.
This is a photo gallery of Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Jennifer Beaumont, teaching prenatal yoga to a very pregnant beginning level student. The focus of the lesson was creating more space in the pelvis and abdomen for the baby to continue to grow, and for comfort for the mother. Thank you to neighbor, photographer, and gallery owner of LIGHT GALLERY + STUDIO, Matthew Provoast, for the photo story of this lesson.