Prenatal Yoga FAQ

prenatal faqDo I need to have done yoga before?

No, not at all! The classes are gentle and safe for beginners as well as having options for those who are more experienced practitioners.

What do I need to bring?

A yoga mat (available at Reject shop/Sports shops), 2 small cushions and water to drink

At what stage of pregnancy can I start?

From 12- 14 weeks onwards

Can I continue up until my due date?

Definitely! Many women come up until 40 weeks+

Can it help my back pain?

Prenatal yoga can help prevent back pain and ease it if it occurs. You are always encouraged, though, to see a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor to be checked out.

What if I develop Pubic Symphasis Dysfunction?

Firstly seek professional help from a physio, osteopath or chiropractor for proper assessment and guidance on specific stretches for you.  Make sure you tell Julia at the beginning of class and you will be given modifications for some of the yoga postures so that the problem will not be aggravated.

I’m scared of labour, will doing yoga help?

Yes, it should! During the term you will get to practise lots of skills to cope with labour and learn to trust the process of birth so that you can feel confident and relaxed as well as realistic and philosophical about the unpredictability of labour.

Will the classes help me cope with pain in labour?

Most probably, we talk about many ideas to help you feel more comfortable and knowledgeable about what factors affect your comfort and perception of pain

Isn’t there a danger of over-stretching in pregnancy?

Yes, because of the hormone relaxin – which is vitally important to soften the ligaments around the pelvis in preparation for birth- women often experience more flexibility. Because of this we suggest never pushing to the edge of a stretch and always being mindful of whether it feels too much. Core stability (abdominal muscles and pelvic floor) are engaged in many postures to help strengthen these muscles and keep the pelvis from becoming unstable. Postures which might increase pelvic instability are avoided or modified.

What if I miss a class?

Generally speaking there is no problem with attending a different class if you miss your regular class.  The only restriction is at the Tuggeranong location where class numbers are strictly limited due to space availability.  Please check the website for times and days of other classes and with Julia if you want to ensure that you attend the same class as the one you missed.