Prenatal yoga

If you are pregnant and looking for safe ways to relax and stay fit, prenatal yoga can be a wonderful way to stay active and prepare your body for childbirth. Prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centring and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.

Research suggests that prenatal yoga can:

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
  • Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, headaches and shortness of breath

Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for becoming a new parent.

Canberra has many prenatal yoga services available in various locations, for more information about some of the classes available, timetables and cost, please visit the links below;

Services in the ACT

Yoga for Birth and Beyond 

If you would like to feel confident, empowered and knowledgeable about labour and birth then these prenatal yoga classes are for you!

During the term you will practise safe yoga postures which develop strength, stamina and flexibility and enable you to naturally adopt active birth positions in labour.  You will learn simple and effective practices to reduce stress, strengthen your mind set and cope with pain including yogic breathing, mindfulness, movements to help labour progress, visualisations, sound, affirmations and relaxation techniques.

*Yoga for Birth and Beyond prenatal yoga classes and workshops are available to access online. Please contact them for more information.

Yoga for Birth and Beyond – Yoga and active birthing skills workshop 

This workshop helps pregnant women and their partners develop effective skills to prepare for and manage labour and birth through confidence building, creating a calm and supportive environment for labour, learning effective massage and acupressure techniques, active birth positions and mindfulness practices. The instructors are passionate about helping women and their partners to understand the benefits of good preparation for labour and birth and beyond.

*Yoga for Birth and Beyond prenatal yoga classes and workshops are available to access online. Please contact them for more information.

The Birthing Tree

Practicing yoga during pregnancy is a wonderful way to prepare for an enriching and life changing experience. Prenatal yoga offers the tools to allow your transition into parenthood to be a joyous and celebrated experience.

The Birthing Tree classes are designed to be both strengthening and rejuvenating. Women are encouraged to follow their intuition, listen to their bodies and work at a level that’s appropriate for how they’re feeling that day. The classes address the use of yoga postures, meditation, breathing techniques and body awareness during the birthing process.

Yoga Natal

Offers pre and postnatal yoga class as well as general yoga, relaxation and meditation classes

Flourish Yoga

The prenatal yoga classes are designed for women in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy (although women in the first trimester are most welcome to attend). The classes focus on exercising safely during pregnancy while also preparing your body and mind for the birth of your baby and beyond. The classes also provide an opportunity to meet and connect with other women.

Canberra Yoga Space 

This course is dedicated to providing holistic support to pregnant women, through yoga practice, breath-work, and informative sessions on birth preparation and lateral services, such as doula support and courses that are good to know such as calm birth, and preparing for your first six weeks with bub.

Yoga Mums Fitness

Yoga Mums Fitness specialises in Prenatal (Pregnancy) Yoga and Postnatal (Mums & Bubs) Yoga . The classes are intended to guide you through a yoga journey before your baby is born, and then afterwards to help you get back into shape.

Offspring Yoga

Yoga for the active pregnancy. Providing an energetic and physical yoga class for women who wish to maintain their fitness throughout pregnancy. Women will build strength to assist in an active labour and also learn skills/tools to help respond to the challenges that may be presented.

Source: (Mayo Clinic)