Yoga for pregnancy, before and after

Here are a few places to check out…if you know of others please comment, mahalo!

Preparing for Childbirth with Yoga

Yoga is and an excellent way to prepare the mind, body and spirit for the many transitions of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood. In this two-hour-long workshop you will learn techniques for breath awareness, yoga poses (modifications and what not to do) and visualization and relaxation techniques.  All of these techniques can help strengthen and relax your body and sooth your mind during your birth and after.

Style of Yoga:
Vinyasa / Pregnancy
This workshop is excellent for people trying to get pregnant, who are pregnant, and who have had a child. You can come solo or with a partner.

This workshop is appropriate for not only those new to yoga but to seasoned practitioners and to anyone interested in understanding the complex changes that occur in pregnancy.

Hawaii Spirit Festival
Friday October 22 , 2010
8:00a – 10:00a
To Register:  Hawaii Spirit Festival

Open Space Yoga

November , 2010
12:30p – 2:30p
To Register: Open Space Yoga

Baby aWEARness
Sunday December 5, 2010
9:00a – 11:00a
To Register: Under The Yoga Tree

Under the Yoga Tree Kids Classes

Log onto Under The Yoga Tree to see what classes Under the Yoga Tree has to offer your child. You can also register for the Kahala Elementary class online, this class is open to the public.

Under The Yoga Tree offers Yoga Programs at the following schools:

MidPac Institute
2:20 – 3:20 Grades Pre-K and K-2
Teacher: Vanesa Furnari

2:45p – 3:30p Grades 3 -5
Teacher: Diana Hahn

Montessori Community School
Mondays 2:45p – 4:!5p Grades 1 -3 and Grades 4 – 6
Teacher: Diana Hahn

Kahala Elementary School
1:45p – 2:30p Grades 1 – 5
Teacher: Brynne Caleda

Le Jardin Acadmey
Tuesday and Thursdays Grades K – 2 and Grades 3 – 5
2:30p – 3:45p
Teacher: Diana Hahn

Purple Yoga Hawaii

Pregnancy Yoga:

Pregnancy is a time of change and celebration, as well as anticipation and anxiety. Yoga brings great awareness to what is going on within you and it gives you energy, restoring what you are putting into baby while also preparing you for birth.

Breath is the key. You will learn a technique that you can use anytime and will be especially helpful during labor. The breath is combined with postures (asanas) that safely strengthen your arms and legs and stretch the torso and spine to create space for growing baby. You may be familiar with Kegal exercises and in yoga terms this is called mula bandha (root lock). By practicing pelvic floor exercises you get a good start for both labor and after baby is born. Calmness comes from correct breathing and being in a supportive environment where you can focus on baby and you.

You are welcome to drop in to any of the three classes. We recommend starting after your thirteenth week. Ask your health care provider if yoga is appropriate for you. The teachers are Cathy Louise, who is a mother of three including twins, and Yoko.

Mom & Baby Yoga:

Getting back into exercise after giving birth is not easy for many new mothers, who find that just leaving the house is a great effort. Mom & Baby Yoga not only motivates you to get out and about with baby, this fun and safe class is revitalizing and relaxing.

Yoga exercises and movement combined with proper breathing helps Mom restore the pelvic floor, regain the inner strength of her abdomen and rediscover a sense of calm. It also provides babies with a soothing environment to both interact with Mom and experience their bodies in a new world. One of the special things about the class is that you are in a supportive space where you can take time out to nurse. Also, baby can choose to participate in the class, have a cry or fall asleep!

The class is suitable for newborns up until they start crawling and for mothers who have been cleared by their doctors to resume exercise. There’s no need to register in advance, just drop in to class. Dads are welcome to take the class too. The teacher Cathy Louise is a mother of three young daughters including twins.


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