The first workshop consists of 45 minutes discussing your birth preferences and expectations of your stay at Providence Tarzana Hospital, with a Labor and Delivery nurse from the hospital. The second half of the workshop will include prenatal yoga. With an emphasis on breathing, stamina, pelvic floor work, restorative poses, and core strength, prenatal yoga can help support moms-to-be emotionally and physically. Your yoga practice will be modified according to your comfort level, level of experience, and gestational age. Allow our yoga instructor to guide your development of strength, endurance and flexibility, giving you resilience before, during and after the birthing process.
Some possible benefits of prenatal yoga include, but are not limited to:
A typical prenatal yoga class might involve:
Breathing. You’ll be encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques might help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
Postures. While standing, sitting or lying on the ground, you’ll gently move your body into different positions aimed at developing your strength, flexibility and balance. Props — such as blankets, cushions and blocks — might be used to provide support and comfort.
Cool down and relaxation. At the end of each prenatal yoga class, you’ll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You might be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra or word to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner calm.
The second workshop will be led by our doula, Eugenia. The focus of this workshop will be energy work and techniques for labor preparation. Labor can be a stressful time for new or veteran mothers. Eugenia will help relieve your stress and anxiety and to make you feel better prepared for when the time comes. It is recommended to dress in light clothing that is easy to move in.