WHY YOGA?

Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body.

It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation, and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress. 

How yoga may benefit you:​

  • Decreased Stress

  • Reduced Anxiety

  • Reduced Inflammation

  • Improve Heart Health

  • Improve Quality of Life

  • Fight Depression

  • Reduce Chronic Pain

  • Promote Sleep Quality

  • Improve Flexibility and Balance

  • Improve Breathing

  • Relieve Migraines

  • Promote Healthy Eating Habits

  • Increase Strength

The Bottom Line

Multiple studies have confirmed the many mental and physical benefits of yoga.

Incorporating it into your routine can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.

Finding the time to practice yoga just a few times per week may be enough to make a noticeable difference when it comes to your health.

Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-benefits-of-yoga#section1

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WHY PRENATAL?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are many benefits because it is a form of exercise that also speaks to your pregnancy wellness.

So what are the Benefits of Prenatal Yoga?

  • Improved Sleep

  • Reduced stress

  • Increased strength, flexibility, and endurance

  • Decreased lower back pain

  • Decreased nausea

  • Decreased carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Decreased headaches

  • Reduced risk of preterm labor

  • Lowered risk of intrauterine growth restriction (a condition that slows the baby’s growth.

In addition to the benefits listed, studies have found there is a relationship between prenatal yoga and the reduction of hypertension-related complications, as well as, improvement of fetal outcome.

Prenatal Yoga and Pregnancy Support

While you are pregnant, it is important to build a strong support system. Oftentimes, this support system will include family and friends.

It can be beneficial to expand your support system to include other pregnant mothers. While participating in a class, you are given the opportunity to meet other expecting mothers whom you can share your concerns with.

More importantly, meeting other expecting mothers gives you the chance to talk with someone going through pregnancy.

Source: https://americanpregnancy.org/health-fitness/prenatal-yoga/

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WHY PRENATAL?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are many benefits because it is a form of exercise that also speaks to your pregnancy wellness.

So what are the Benefits of Prenatal Yoga?

  • Improved Sleep

  • Reduced stress

  • Increased strength, flexibility, and endurance

  • Decreased lower back pain

  • Decreased nausea

  • Decreased carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Decreased headaches

  • Reduced risk of preterm labor

  • Lowered risk of intrauterine growth restriction (a condition that slows the baby’s growth.

In addition to the benefits listed, studies have found there is a relationship between prenatal yoga and the reduction of hypertension-related complications, as well as, improvement of fetal outcome.

Prenatal Yoga and Pregnancy Support

While you are pregnant, it is important to build a strong support system. Oftentimes, this support system will include family and friends.

It can be beneficial to expand your support system to include other pregnant mothers. While participating in a class, you are given the opportunity to meet other expecting mothers whom you can share your concerns with.

More importantly, meeting other expecting mothers gives you the chance to talk with someone going through pregnancy.

Source: https://americanpregnancy.org/health-fitness/prenatal-yoga/

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WHY PRENATAL?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are many benefits because it is a form of exercise that also speaks to your pregnancy wellness.

So what are the Benefits of Prenatal Yoga?

  • Improved Sleep

  • Reduced stress

  • Increased strength, flexibility, and endurance

  • Decreased lower back pain

  • Decreased nausea

  • Decreased carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Decreased headaches

  • Reduced risk of preterm labor

  • Lowered risk of intrauterine growth restriction (a condition that slows the baby’s growth.

In addition to the benefits listed, studies have found there is a relationship between prenatal yoga and the reduction of hypertension-related complications, as well as, improvement of fetal outcome.

Prenatal Yoga and Pregnancy Support

While you are pregnant, it is important to build a strong support system. Oftentimes, this support system will include family and friends.

It can be beneficial to expand your support system to include other pregnant mothers. While participating in a class, you are given the opportunity to meet other expecting mothers whom you can share your concerns with.

More importantly, meeting other expecting mothers gives you the chance to talk with someone going through pregnancy.

Source: https://americanpregnancy.org/health-fitness/prenatal-yoga/

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WHY POSTNATAL YOGA?

Women are givers, but giving themselves priority doesn’t always happen. Taking some time for yourself should be a priority. During Postnatal and Mommy & Baby Yoga classes, the focus is primarily on the mother, so you will be refreshed and ready to parent again after class.

So what are some benefits of Postnatal or Postpartum Yoga?

  • Community Building

  • Rebuild flexibility and muscle tone

  • Maintain spinal integrity

  • Tone and stretch body

  • Stretch achy shoulders and back

  • Routine exercise may prevent postpartum depression

  • Cultivate patience

  • Connect with your baby on a deeper level

A Mommy & Baby yoga class provides new mothers an environment where you can have some time for self-care while still strengthening the bond with your baby. This allows moms to get out of the house and build community with other new moms and infants. 

The postpartum period lasts up to two years, so practicing yoga is a great way to get your strength back, take time for yourself, and even prepare for the next baby.

Mommy & Baby Yoga classes are appropriate for most women six weeks postpartum–eight weeks if they have had a Cesarean birth. You must be cleared by your midwife or doctor before returning to class.

Source: https://shininglightprenatal.com/2014/04/22/7-benefits-of-postnatal-or-postpartum-yoga/

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WHY BABY MASSAGE?

Infant massage is included in each Mommy & Baby class. Infant massage is a way for you to gently nurture and spend time with your baby.

What are the benefits of infant massage?

For your baby:

  • Reduced crying and emotional distress

  • Increased levels of relaxation and longer sleep (baby’s enjoy that post-yoga glow too!)

  • Development of body awareness and coordination

  • Relief from gas, colic, constipation, and teething discomfort

  • Enourages interaction between you and your baby, creating a stronger bond

  • Positively affect infant hormones that control stress

For you:

  • Develop a closer bond to your baby

  • Gain a deeper understanding of your baby’s behavior, crying and body language

  • Provide an enjoyable opportunity for you to spend one-to-one time with your baby

  • Feel the relaxing effects of giving your baby a massage

  • Increased confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby

  • Learn a life-long parenting skill

If your baby has any underlying health issues, talk to your baby’s doctor before trying infant massage. 

Source: http://www.iaimbabymassage.co.uk/baby-massage-benefits.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/infant-massage/art-20047151

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WHY KIDS YOGA?

Here are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids:

  • Develop body awareness

  • Learn how to use bodies in a healthy way

  • Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation, and healthy movement

  • Build concentration

  • Increase confidence and positive self-image

  • Feel part of healthy, non-competitive group

  • Have an alternative to electronic devices

Here’s what your kids can expect to learn in yoga class:

  • Awareness of breath

  • Strengthening and energizing

  • Balancing

  • Stretching and lengthening

  • Awareness and focus

  • Flowing, connecting, and integrating

  • Meditation and relaxation

Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15075/7-ways-kids-benefit-from-yoga.html

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