Before I got pregnant I was regularly doing yoga, so it felt like a natural step to continue my yoga practice in pregnancy. Prenatal yoga has many benefits for both mama and baby. It is an opportunity for exercise and relaxation. It can help you connect to your body and your baby. You can also find a supportive community of women in a similar stage of life.
Prenatal yoga was one of the best things I did during my pregnancy. It was extremely helpful in managing some of the aches and pains that came with carrying twins. My teachers could show me stretches for lower back aches and how to relieve some of the pain in my ribs where four little feet were resting. The classes also helped me keep my body moving when it was the last thing I felt like doing. Maybe one of the most significant benefits I took away from prenatal yoga was using a lot of the breathing, relaxation, and focus from class during labor and delivery.
We are fortunate to have many different prenatal yoga options in Boston. There are a wide variety of yoga studios, hospitals, and education centers that offer prenatal classes. Here are some of the prenatal yoga options around town if you are a mama-to-be who wants to get her goddess pose on!
Beacon Hill Yoga offers prenatal classes as well as mom and baby yoga.
be. in Union in Somerville offers a “momasana” yoga class for new moms and moms-to-be and saves time for discussion at the end of class.
The Breathing Room offers prenatal yoga classes at its Central Square location and limits its class sizes to keep them small and semi-private. They also offer prenatal massage.
C-Town Studio in Charlestown offers prenatal yoga as well as postnatal yoga bootcamp classes.
Coolidge Corner Yoga in Brookline offers prenatal yoga classes, postnatal mommy and baby yoga classes, and workshops to support labor and birth.
Down Under Yoga offers prenatal classes at their Newton location.
Many hospitals in the greater Boston area offer prenatal yoga classes as part of their childbirth education and wellness programs. Some, including Brigham and Women’s, offer their classes for free!
Mama and Me in Jamaica Plain offers prenatal classes as well as many other supports for new parents.
Om Births offers comprehensive prenatal yoga programs at yoga studios around Boston, including Blissful Monkey Yoga Studio in Jamaica Plain, Inner Strength Studios in Watertown, and Simply Yoga in Belmont.
Sadhana in the South End offers prenatal yoga classes and postnatal baby-and-me classes.