Prenatal Yoga

Dr. Neetu K. Sodhi and the Modern Maternity Team at Bloom Obstetrics and Gynecology offer prenatal yoga classes for pregnant patients in Tarzana, CA and the greater Los Angeles area. The yoga classes are held in our beautiful office lobby.

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Prenatal Yoga

Our prenatal yoga classes, led by the wonderful Bahia Shortlidge, are held every other Thursday followed by our Bloom Doula-led PreNatal Workshop. Our classes are open to the public, but first priority is given to our women in Bloom.

Please call (818)639-9700 to RSVP

Our yoga class is uniquely designed for pregnancy, and led by our incredible yoga instructor, Bahia. 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.

Some possible benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental Clarity and self-confidence
  • Increased awareness and adaptation to body changes
  • Decreased back pain and sciatica pain
  • Reduced swelling of ankles and feet
  • Reduced constipation
  • Strengthened back, hips, and pelvic floor muscles
  • Socializing and bonding with other moms-to-be
  • Improved circulation and reduce varicose veins
  • Improved sleep

Your yoga practice will be modified by Bahia according to your comfort level, level of experience, and gestational age. Allow Bahia to guide your development of strength, endurance and flexibility, giving you resilience before, during and after the birthing process.

What happens during a typical prenatal yoga class?

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.