Long Beach Prenatal Yoga began in 2013 with an emphasis in bringing great prenatal yoga to the Long Beach area. Prenatal yoga can provide both physical and mental support for the moms to be, as well as creating community that goes beyond the mat. Long Beach Prenatal Yoga strives to provide a forum where women can connect and share their stories, ask questions, and come together to celebrate pregnancy!
What to expect: Whether you are a new yogi or have been practicing yoga before your pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga is great class to attend while you are pregnant. Classes are in a flow-style of yoga, meaning that we connect breath and movement and flow through poses. Poses are designed to strengthen the body in preparation for birth as well as focusing on poses that help alleviate common pregnancy discomforts such as lower back pain, headaches, shortness of breath, swelling in ankles, etc.
Modifications for pregnancy will be given, such as the use of blocks, straps, and blankets to allow you to fully enjoy poses while making them accessible. Come move and flow with baby and feel great all through your pregnancy and birth!
Prenatal Yoga is led by Jenni Brandon who is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT 500) and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) through Yoga Alliance. She received her 500-hour teacher training at Kava Yoga. Jenni is also a certified 85-hour Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and studied with Jennifer More.
Jenni is passionate about women's health and supporting women during their pregnancies and looks forward to building a prenatal yoga community that goes beyond the mat!
During pregnancy, women are encouraged to avoid lying on the back for long periods of time due to the compression of the Vena Cava located in the back. With this pose, we modify lying on the back by elevating one hip so that the weight doesn't rest on the back, allowing mom to enjoy some time modified on her back rather than always on her side.
Pigeon pose is a great pose to do during pregnancy for several reasons. In this pose we stretch into hips, thighs, and offer relief to the lower back. As baby begins to grow and more pressure is felt on the spine, your sciatic nerve that runs down your leg and into your foot, begins to become compressed. If you've ever felt a "pins and needles" sensation in your leg, this could be from the compression of that sciatic nerve.